Really good cook book,
This review is from: Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine) (Hardcover)
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There are very few cookbooks which genuinely cover all the key methods, with explanations. This does just that. It looks at vegetables (including how to slice them), stocks and sauces, eggs, pasta, shellfish, fish, poultry, meat, pastry, puddings, bread, biscuits and cakes. I love the explanations - for example, what makes different sauces, and clear guides for the basics, bread sauce, hollandaise, mayonnaise, mint sauce etc...
There are plenty of recipes, usually for the classic dishes. The book covers roasts (including game), souffle, omelette, macaroni cheese, bread and butter pudding, scones, shortbread etc... It the kind of book you'd keep for constant referral, and would give you confidence in trying something new. I tried stuffed chicken breasts for the first time, and it worked really well. The picture instructions made it really easy. For experienced cooks, they may feel this is too basic, but I like the way you can check to see if you are actually doing something right. I'm a fan of programmes like Masterchef, and Great British Bake Off - and this has the answers to many of the questions I hear contestants ask, such as the different temperatures for different results with sugar.
I'd highly recommend this. It would be a good gift for someone moving into their first home, as it falls into that rare category - "if you are only going to buy one book....buy this one."