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Forget the rest, get the best!,
This review is from: Delia's Complete How To Cook: Both a guide for beginners and a tried & tested recipe collection for life (Hardcover)
If you want to learn to cook - this is the book for you!
I spent a lot of time searching for the best book, reading many of the reviews here on Amazon, looking at charts/recommendations etc and after my own hands on with quite a few of the books, think this is one of if not _the_ best book for those wishing to learn to cook.
Delia shows you how to cook properly. Other books Like Jamie Oliver's Learn to cook in 24 hours, seem to be aimed at those people stepping up from microwave dinners! For example the ingredients lists in some of them include things like 'tinned tomatoes' or a 'pizza base' - I'm sorry but I don't call that cooking!! Delia shows you how to make pasta sauce from actual tomatoes and fresh ingredients, and how to make the dough for real pizza! Not only that, but she covers things like making your own preserves, and salad dressings - all the essentials really are covered, giving you a solid base to grow from. She also goes to great lengths to explain things - so for the ambitious, you get a good grounding in the art of cooking... something the other books seem to hold back on (guess they want you to buy their latest recipe book year after year and not truly progress as a cook!).
So, if you're an aspiring cook and want to learn how to cook properly - get this book, you won't regret it. I love it!