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Here is another little book, predominantly aimed at libraries and schools due to its price, which will get younger people interested in cooking.

Of course, if you can swallow your pride there is no reason why an adult who is a bit of a stranger in the kitchen shouldn't get a lot from this book too, producing a host of snacks and appetisers without any stress or anguish. The book starts with a brief yet comprehensive introduction and overview of those strange tools you might find in the kitchen that will be necessary for your culinary creations and then it is on to the recipes themselves.

To be fair, there is not a wide selection of recipes but maybe that is a good thing as you are not going to be spoiled by choice. Instead you focus on the clear, open instructions that are backed up by some interesting photographs, gaining confidence and getting the cooking bug. There are thousands of regular recipe books to pick through once you've got the basics mastered and possibly found a taste for this cooking lark. It is unfortunate that this book is so (relatively) expensive as it forms part of a great series that could have a place in the home. For a library or school the price is comparatively immaterial and it is more important that the book can meet the challenges ahead of it. This reviewer believes that it is more than capable of doing that.

About the only niggle - other than the price - is the use of sole U.S. imperial measures within recipes and looking at the conversion table at the end seems a bit of a cop out. The end of the book has a "glossary" of special ingredients which many other books aimed at beginners could consider implementing. Sure, the experienced cook might know what an avocado or chutney is, but many beginners will be bewildered and anything that helps shine a bit of light on something unfamiliar can only be a good thing.

Maybe the publisher will consider a "home edition" of this book, perhaps combining the other volumes at a more affordable price in the future Hurry, before someone else fills this niche!
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