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Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs…

by Dana Cowin

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Simply fantastic and quite entertaining. Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Magazine, outs herself as "Irma", a hapless cook whose tales of disasters and pleas for help regularly appeared in the magazine. I would've bought this book for the anecdotes alone, because they're utterly hilarious (I can still imagine her running away from the poor lobster trying to claw its way out of the pot of boiling water she just dropped it into). But instead of doing a memoir, she has incorporated these stories into a book of over 100 recipes that she has managed to learn with assistance from an all-star roster of chefs. The recipes themselves look tasty and are described very clearly, and the chefs have provided explanations of techniques, suggested variations, and lots of other advice. Above all, this gives me hope that I too can learn my way around a kitchen if I can just keep at it and get the right help! ( )
  bostonian71 | Dec 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062305905, Hardcover)

An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.

For years, Dana Cowin kept a dark secret: From meat to veggies, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted. Now, in this cookbook confessional, the vaunted “first lady of food” finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs, including April Bloomfield, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio, among many others—Cowin takes on 100 recipes dear to her heart. Ideal dishes for the home cook, each recipe has a high “yum” factor, a few key ingredients, and a simple trick that makes them special. With every dish, she attains a critical new skill, learning invaluable lessons along the way from the hero chefs who help her discover exactly where she goes wrong.

Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen showcases Cowin’s plentiful cooking mistakes, inspiring anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results.

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"An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning--finally--to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today..."--Dust jacket.… (more)

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