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This review is from: Men's Cooking Manual: A No-nonsense Guide to Buying, Making and Eating Great Food (Hardcover)
What an excellent book! If you, like me, don't really cook but would like to learn how to, this book is for you. It starts with the tools and kit you need and offers great advise for getting kitted out, conquering supermarkets, explaining what's available in different seasons, then takes you into how to prepare and cook stuff. It focuses on teaching you how to prepare and cook things, not just make certain recipes, so you become seriously versatile.
To get an idea of the writing style... "Even if a man has never so much as reheated some Ready Brek, they've somehow supposed to be able to barbecue. It's in our genes, apparently. This is cobblers. Barbecuing is better if you think about it a bit" and the chapter goes on to offer excellent snippets of advise on how to barbecue different things and get the most out of that rusty old device.
About 60% of the book is recipes, all easy and straight forward, many involve beer (2 pints - one to test and one to pour in). Once I read it, without having to refer to it at all, I was able to produce a highly credible Spag Bol, without burning myself, cutting a finger or ruining my expensive watch.
This is the Yorkie Bar of Cook Books, just get it!