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The First-Time Cook [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Grigson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Setting up home for the first time and feel lost in the kitchen? ‘The First-time Cook’ is a one-stop guide which shows you not only how to cook delicious food but also how to understand ingredients and techniques so you can feel completely confident cooking on your own.

Assuming no prior knowledge,'First-time Cook' takes you through the basics of shopping and cooking equipment. Sophie Grigson then covers each essential cooking technique and food in turn, moving step-by-step through the basics with lots of incredibly useful advice on the possible pitfalls and showing variations and alternatives once you have mastered the essentials. From the perfect roast chicken to twenty variations on the quick-and-easy omelette and pasta of all descriptions, the recipes have been chosen not only to show core techniques but also to provide a fantastic collection of dishes that cover everything from quick (and cheap) supper ideas for one, to coping with Sunday lunch for six for the first time

Interest in cookery has never been greater but the number of people actually able to cook continues to decline. Sophie Grigson's TV experience has given her a natural ability to teach cookery in an informal and friendly way and, with this book, she fills the gap left by conventional cookbooks which assume a knowledge most people don't possess.

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‘Great step-by-step visual guides…a perfect entree into the world of cooking’.
Independent on Sunday

‘Friendly and chatty, Sophie Grigson is the cook any beginner should have by their side.’ Good Food magazine

About the Author

Sophie Grigson is synonymous with great food, often using new and exciting ingredients in simple, easy dishes. Her TV career began in 1993 with the award-winning 12-part series Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens for Channel 4. She writes regular features for several magazines and newspapers, including BBC Good Food and Country Living Magazine and has been awarded the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Journalist Award. Sophie is the author of many successful books. She has two children and lives in Oxford.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M5ILY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fabulous! 12 Aug. 2006
As a self-confessed cookbook-addict, I feel I can say with some authority that Sophie Grigson's "First Time Cook" is one of the best out there.

Accessible without being over-simplified, educational without being patronising, this is a book that covers all the basics and a lot more besides. The recipes are easy to follow and, more importantly, utterly delicious, taking inspiration from many different cultures and food traditions, without forgetting homely British fare (I particularly reccommend her recipe for beef stew).

Amongst all this, Sophie still manages to take you through the correct boiling of an egg, how to make the perfect roast potatoes and all other manner of useful advice.

My only criticism of this fantastic book is that there is not more of it!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
'Sophie`s accessible approach and ability to communicate both classic and contemporary cooking styles have made her a hugely popular figure in food today.'

'Want to feel more confident in the kitchen but don't know where to start?....Detailed step-by-step photographs show how recipes should look and finished shots are of real food, not overly styled dishes that only a professional could achieve....

Just like having one of the very best cookery writers and teachers standing by you in the kitchen, The First-Time Cook will transform beginners into confident cooks and provides lots of fun along the way.'

240 high quality shiny pages, split over main chapters:

1. Soups, Starters and Eggs
2. Pasta, Pizza and Rice
3. Meat & Poultry
4. Stir-frying
5. Fish
6. Vegetables & Salads
7. Puddings, Cakes and Biscuits

sandwiched between sections entitled 'Why Cook?' & 'Techniques & General Tips' and a full index.

The Techniques and General Tips section includes 'How to Read a Recipe', 'Preparing Common Vegetables and Other Ingredients', 'Cooking Terms' and 'Recommended Kitchen Utensils'.

Each chapter opens with relevant text in Sophie's typically descriptive, often humorous style, e.g.


I'm a great believer in soup. Here is a dish that fulfils a multitude of functions, the prime amongst them being that it satisfies the soul. Oh - and the stomach. A big steaming bowlful of soup can really hit the spot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recipe book purchased 6 Sept. 2008
I recently purchased this book at Waterstones for £12.99 for a friend that had no idea how to cook (I personally did not put myself in that category- at first). I came home and browsed through it and was totally amazed at how many recipes that were usable. (Most cookery books I have bought I may have used half a dozen recipes at the most), I immediately got on to amazon to order it and realised I could save over £4.00. The chocolate cake is absolutely divine. It was the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted, the shortbread really is gorgeous. There are so many recipes I cannot wait to try as they are all pretty simple with accessible ingredients. This book definately sits at the top of my cookery books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for just the First-Time Cook 6 Dec. 2009
I found this book in our local library and thought it might be a good introduction to cooking for my teenager. I took it home and started reading it. It was chock full of tips - a lot I would never have known about. I tried the ribs recipe and loved it (although I added lots of garlic!). I made the cabbage recipe with lemon, garlic and chilli and it added a new dimension to cabbage. I bought the book as a stocking filler. My only problem is now I want it for myself........
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 5 Sept. 2007
By Kiki
Fab book, lovely recipes. Really simple recipes that turn out tasting amazing. Great ways of taking a basic recipes, and turning them into something else, e.g. beef casserole into daube de beouf. Really good for cooks of all levels. Would recommend it to anyone.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for beginners 22 May 2005
I do not class myself as a beginner cook (neither am I Gordon Ramsey :-)) but this book has lovely, straightforward and most importantly fab recipes which turn out brilliantly every time! Highly recommended for all enthusiastic cooks!
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