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Does exactly what it says on the cover
on 28 June 2010
I bought this for my son who is off to university this autumn and currently doesn't seem able to open a can of baked beans.
I'm impressed by its no-nonsense approach to the mechanics of cooking and I'm actually going to get hold of another copy for myself as there's some really useful information here - cooking times, techniques etc - that's laid out in a really sensible way. Admittedly it's not for the puffed-up-know-it-all-gourmand but for me, a keen but technically flawed male cook that can follow a basic recipe and likes to cook for my wife when I get a chance, it's a very useful volume.
As for my son I've explained to him that he's very welcome to survive the next three years at college on a diet of tinned tuna, cheese and pasta but any women that's he's going to try to pull is going to be a lot more impressed by a man that can actually cook a real meal - this book has everything to show him how.