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Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook: 400 Simple to Spectacular Recipes

by Taste of Home

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I reviewed Taste of Home: Cooking school Cookbook, in exchange for review from netgalley.com. The book was written by Catherine Cassidy and the Taste of Home editors. The book was published by Readers digest. I enjoyed the tips provided in the book: the different types of knives; stocking a kitchen; basic cookware; basic bake ware. The book also provided pictures of the different types of kitchen hardware. The recipes were simple and easy as well. The book would be a a great help to anyone, who lacks kitchen experience or someone, who wants to improve on kitchen experience.
  staciewyatt | Jan 21, 2013 |
The Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook is my favorite kind of cookbook. Not only does it have pictures, it has full color pictures of every single recipe! Every page of this cookbook uses color brilliantly from the recipe photos to color coded page borders to informational boxes to the layout of the actual recipe text.

The introductory section with kitchen basics is fairly short but not to worry as there are lots of informational boxes with techniques and cooking tips scattered throughout the various chapters. The layout of the book is easy to follow moving through Appetizers, Drinks, Better Than Takeout, Soups, Beef & Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetarian, Side Dishes, Breakfast, Baking, and Desserts. The References section in the back of the book provides more cooking basics such as cooking terms and substitutions. Three Indexes make it easy to find recipes and the various cooking tips.

The cookbook includes recipes submitted by Taste of Home readers as well as ones created in the Taste of Home test kitchen. I think having recipes from both chefs and home cooks gives a great variety to the book and the skill level needed to prepare the dishes. All of the recipe photos look so delicious, it is difficult to choose which recipe to try first.

One thing that surprised me about the cookbook is the "Cheat It" symbol used on some of the recipes. This is supposed to indicate "low-effort recipes with big rewards." I generally found it to mean that a already prepared product, such as purchased pie crust or canned biscuits, was used to speed the recipe along. I have no objection to using prepared products but I was surprised they were included in a book where the title implies (at least to me) learning to cook from scratch.

Each recipe clearly indicates the number of servings at the top of the recipe and gives some nutritional information at the bottom. I only wish that there were some indication of how long a recipe takes from start to finish with the number of servings. The time information is included in the steps of the recipe, of course, but it is nice to be able to see that information in a quick glance when you are choosing a recipe.

Overall, I think the Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook is one that I will pull out often to browse through the pictures and try new recipes. The various tips and techniques presented along the way will translate well for use in other recipes as well.

I received this book from FSB Associates for review. ( )
  DonnerLibrary | Jul 24, 2012 |
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No matter what you crave, cook it with confidence with taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook! Whatever your skill level in the kitchen, you will learn step-by-step techniques and discover new favorites with more than 400 best loved recipes and over 600 full-color photos from our expert instructors. Create a memorable game-day-get-together with nacho dip, hot wings and yummy pizza. Master the grill with succulent ribeyes, monster stuffed burgers and a whole salmon fillet that’s a real showstopper. Whip up sumptuous holiday meals with all of the trimmings from citrus-rosemary rubbed turkey with artichoke stuffing to chipotle sweet potatoes and caramel apple trifle. The Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook features delicious dishes from breakfast to lunch to dinner and including dessert, of course.Sample recipes include:

Eggs Benedict Casserole Brie Phyllo Cups Sweet-Tangy Wings French Onion Soup Lemon Chicken Tortellini Taco Lasagna Roasted Chicken with Oyster Stuffing Sizzling Ancho Ribeyes Creamy Parmesan Spinach Chocolate Mousse with Cranberry Sauce Easy Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie
Contemporary topics are comprehensively explored with techniques ranging from simple basics to true wow-factor recipes. Each recipe has been tasted and reviewed in the Taste of Home test kitchen, plus there are over 140 practical, proven tips from our Cooking School experts—so you’ll enjoy perfect results every time.

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"Savor the basics. Master new techniques. Find everything you need to cook like a pro. No matter what you crave - from the best chocolate chip cookies to holiday-worthy roasts - cook it with confidence with Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook."

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