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What to Cook and How to Cook it [Hardcover]

Jane Hornby
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28 Sep 2010
"What to Cook and How to Cook It" is the ultimate cookbook for beginners, showing how to cook easy, delicious meals for every day of the week. With a winning combination of clear step-by step-photographs, and authoritative, foolproof recipes, it takes 100 favourite everyday dishes and guides the reader through every step of the cooking process with recipes that absolutely anyone can follow. Each ingredient and stage of the cooking process is illustrated with a clear colour photograph, and the striking, simple design will encourage anyone who lacks confidence at cooking to have a go at producing nutritious, home-cooked food for their family and friends. Every stage is clearly explained, with no prior knowledge taken for granted. Even common terms such as 'finely chopped' are explained in an illustrated glossary. The recipes are written by a highly experienced food writer with years of expertise in creating simple, foolproof recipes, and each one has been tested several times to ensure that it is easy to follow. Additional hints and tips are provided on how to choose ingredients, how to rescue a recipe if things go wrong, and how to adapt the dish with different ingredients. Unlike most beginners' cookbooks, this one does not attempt to teach techniques, such as pastry and breadmaking: it focuses purely on creating straightforward, enjoyable meals that are easy to cook. The recipes are extremely practical, using ingredients available in any market or supermarket, do not require specialist equipment, and are economical and nutritious. To make it simple to decide what to cook, the recipes are divided into chapters on breakfasts and brunches, light weekday meals and lunches, dishes for sharing, quick and easy suppers, weekend main meals that take longer to cook, and desserts and baking. What to Cook will equip any novice cook with a repertoire of simple, crowd-friendly dishes that they can cook to perfection with confidence.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071485901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714859019
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From quick suppers to special bakes, my whole ethos is to inspire and help people to simply cook more, with well-explained and thoroughly tested recipes that look as good as they taste.

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'a chunky hardback packed with good illustrative photographs - a great gift for beginner cooks and students who want to cook well for themselves.' Irish Examiner, 1 October 2010 'One of the most heavily illustrated cookbooks of all time - Nothing's left to chance and everything is beautifully explained - It could just be the best book for novice cooks ever.' Shannon Denny, Westside, October 2010 'The kind of book that should be on standby in every kitchen.' Tesco Real Food, October 2010 'Jane Hornby likes to think of a recipe as a story with a beginning, middle and happy ending, and her aim in her new book [ - ] is to show her readers how to produce their own happy endings every time.' Taste Italia, November 2010 'makes cooking a doddle' Sunday Times, Style, 21 November 2010

About the Author

Jane Hornby is an experienced food writer and cook. After training as a chef, she worked as Cookery Writer and Food Editor on the BBC's bestselling Good Food magazine for five years. The magazine is renowned for its clear, step-by-step style and for its totally foolproof recipes which are tested many times. She has also edited several of the BBC Good Food's bestselling 101 recipe books.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stop press! son cooks meal. 8 Dec 2010
Amazing. My son (19) has just gone off to live away from home. As a parting shot at parenting, I gave him this book to make up for the fact that I rather failed in 'teaching him to cook' department . He is neither a reader nor a cook - and now he is both. His comment on his first meal was "well whats all the cooking fuss about - that was pretty straightforward". He found the layout and recipes easy to navigate and understand. For instance why should he know what "sautee some onions" means? But the book explains all the terms in a neat glossary at the back. Reportedly the meal was delicious and he's just carried on and really enjoys his new found 'talent'! So congratulations Jane and a huge thank you. I will now give this book to everyone I know who needs a bit of hand holding in the kitchen department.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 14 Jan 2011
By Peter
My dad got this book for Christmas and I really love it! The title should be "Cookbook for men", because it assumes you know nothing about cooking. Since my mother died last year we've been struggling to cook and all the cookbooks we have are really complicated, hard to follow and assume you have a degree in cooking. But this book is fool proof. I haven't done a single thing wrong so far.

The layout is perfect. It's step-by-step and all the key steps have pictures of what it should look like, including pictures of what all the ingredients should look like. But the best thing is that it has smart tips, for example, how to fold. No one tells you these things otherwise!

This isn't just a cookbook of fancy things that take 3 attempts to get right, although some dishes do look very tasty. It also has things like how to cook fish and steak; real basic stuff, because (again) no one tells you these things otherwise. I think I even saw how to cook scrambled egg!

So far I've cooked a very yummy stew and very very yummy brownies. I liked the bit in the brownies recipe where it says "cut with a large knife". Saved me washing a spoon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What to Cook and How to Cook It 10 Nov 2010
By Sam
This is definitely the kind of book I wish someone had bought me years
ago. It's a colourful, simple introduction to healthy cooking, and the
results are yum. There's a nice useful introduction at the front of the
book, for non-literate gastro-pub consumers like me. There's also a useful
glossary and index in the back.

The recipes are step by step, which is really easy to follow, and there
are little advice boxes full of helpful tips as go you along. The recipes
are fundamental, ranging from a full English breakfast to Prawn Pad Thai,
and offer a good foundation to cooking.

What makes this book particularly good is that the writer breaks the meals
into categories such as food for sharing, weekend cooking, and at the back
of the book gives some advice towards planning a menu. The desserts
section is fantastic and the Butterscotch and Banana Bread was the
ultimate winner in my book.

In summary: it's a really practical, good buy for someone who wants to
learn a wide variety of healthy meals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can cook with book! 12 Dec 2010
Jane Hornby is a trained chef and has spent many years working for the BBC Good Food Magazine and has edited several of the Good Food series of 101 recipe books. Published by Phaidon this book is beautifully laid out and perfectly photographed. Every step of every recipe is clearly photographed, from a line up of ingredients (which makes a long list look far less daunting) to how to chop and prep to the finished dish. It is the visual equivalent of having Jane at your side in the kitchen. Coupled with the ultra clear and well written directions I believe that anyone provided with an equipped kitchen could cook anything from this book.

All the recipes can easily be created from ingredients exclusively bought from the supermarket. For the novice cook there is a handy shopping guide, glossary and preparation photos.

There are 100 recipes in the book, divided into sections to cover all eventualities including Breakfast and Brunch, Light Lunches, Simple Suppers to Desserts and Baking. Recipes cover British classics such as a full English breakfast, simple soups, sausages & mash, all manner of roasts, to apple crumble & custard. Also included are lots international dishes such as Pad Thai, Mediterranean fish stew and key lime pie, and of course the carbonara recipe! I think that the book covers the vast majority of dishes that people in Britain would name as their favourites.

I am thrilled to have a copy on my cookbook shelves, and I think that due to the outstanding photography and unambiguous instructions it is also a perfect present for any novice or unconfident cook (how many other cookbooks actually clearly explain how to separate an egg for example?) I am already looking forward to Jane's next book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the cookbook shelf 29 Nov 2010
By Smudge
I have followed Jane's recipes over the years with BBC Good Food magazine and the BBC 101 recipe books and this is a real triumph for her first full book. It is beautifully set out with step by step instructions and full colour pictures making each recipe easy to follow and would make a great present for any home cook, not just someone new to cooking. The flavours really come through in each dish - the chilli con carne is amazing! Best I have ever made. Not the really hot chilli that some like, but definitely the tastiest combination of spices for a real depth of flavour. We also enjoyed the beef with herb dumplings. Just what is needed for this cold weather.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I love this book, its got countless great recipes and every recipe has a how to picture guide which makes everything so clear. Would recommend for confident and novice cooks!
Published 7 days ago by Katieriddoch
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As a 'recovering vegetarian,' after 20 years I needed some help with meat cookery, and this book was a great help. Read more
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This is a great cookbook. Excellent photography and the right collection of good dishes makes it an excellent first proper cook book. Great for students to take to uni. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Stead
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a novice cook
Not really what I expected it to be, don't know if it will be of much help to the person I am giving it to.
Published 4 months ago by margaret hyland
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT cook book
This cook book is just so great I can't explain. All the pictures are so helpful, you know what it's supposed to look like all the way through the recipe, and the dishes are so... Read more
Published 5 months ago by amy312
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a begginer!
This is a nice, explanatory, easy to read and understand cook book, with yummi and easy recipes. I bought it for my sister for her birthday- but I used it for a couple of recipes... Read more
Published 8 months ago by V. Burg Mendiri
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Mouthwatering recipes that are easy to follow and beautifully photographed. Each recipe starts with a photo of the required ingredients (which is more helpful than you may... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris White
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this for my 15 year old daughter, who is studying catering, she was really pleased as it covers so much.
Published 15 months ago by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
The instructions are very clearly set out and very helpfully for someone who is new to cooking.
I recommend this book.
Published 16 months ago by David James Arney
5.0 out of 5 stars what to cook and how to cook it
This book is brilliant for old and new to cooking. It is simple to follow and easy to understand all the differant words they use and all the things I have tried so far have... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jano
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