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Title:
The can't cook book : 100+ recipes for the absolutely terrified!
ISBN:
9781451662252
Edition:
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Physical Description:
ix, 244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Introduction for can't cooks -- Gear up -- Stock up -- Set up -- How-to -- Recipes. Breakfast ; Chicken ; Meat ; Fish ; Pasta & pizza ; Vegetables ; Grains & beans ; Salads ; Desserts -- Quickies -- Other useful things.
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Summary:
"Many smart, accomplished people don't know how to cook--and they feel embarrassed and anxious about not being successful in this area of their lives ... But cooking doesn't have to scary or stressful, even if you've never read a recipe or used your oven. Jessica will show you how to prepare the deliciously simple food you love to order in restaurants: from caesar salad, butternut squash soup, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and pasta with clams. Each recipe is written in Jessica's calming, confidence-building voice, which tells you up-front what the challenge will be and then shows you exactly how you overcome it in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions"--
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Summary

Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to know how to forward an email but don't know the difference between boiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate nail clippers but not sure what a whisk is? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld's new book The Can't Cook Book is for you.

If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidence-building approach to cooking, even for those who've never read a recipe or used an oven. Jessica explains how to prepare deliciously simple food--from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and pasta with clams. Each recipe explains upfront what the challenge will be and then shows exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

From stories about her grandmother and her seven-year-old son, to comparisons of a blender and a blowdryer (if you can work one, you can work the other!), Jessica's amusing anecdotes put the nervous cook at ease. Elegantly designed and richly illustrated with gorgeous photographs and Microsoft tags linking to videos of Jessica cooking in her own home, The Can't Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to wean themselves off take-out meals and processed snacks and become empowered in the kitchen.


Author Notes

Jessica Seinfeld is the author of four New York Times bestselling cookbooks, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives, The Can't Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!, and Food Swings: 125 Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue and Vice. Jessica is also the President and Founder of GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her third cookbook, Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) guides newbie cooks through their first steps "out of Can't Cooksville." With her encouraging attitude, Seinfeld is a cheerleader for beginners and has created an inviting primer designed to end kitchen phobia and dependence on processed foods. Following an introduction psyching up cooks with "less than zero experience," Seinfeld promises a fearless and fun approach. A well-illustrated section on basic kitchen equipment with instructional photos shows inexperienced cooks how to slice, dice, and prep citrus, onions, garlic, avocado, nuts, shrimp, and more. Main dishes like "Your First Chili" and "Rosemary Chicken Under a 'Brick' " make for well-rounded, family-friendly meals. Multiple pasta dishes and a healthy "Quickies" section offer more "no-fail fare." Scannable icons for smartphones and URLs connect cooks to mini-movies and online support, and "Don't Panic" recipe headers provide quivering cooks words of encouragement and simple reminders. There are useful charts outlining seasonal foods, meat temperatures, measure conversions, and tips for food storage. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) has written this guide for "Can't Cooks," or readers whose limited cooking experiences have yielded inedible (not to mention embarrassing) results. To help them become proficient and empowered home cooks, she offers step-by-step how-to's (often supplemented with online videos), clear instructions, and constant encouragement ("Look at you! You're holding a cookbook!"). Fresh and mostly from scratch recipes such as herb-roasted beef with potatoes and carrots, slow cooker lasagna, Your First Chili, and broiled honey-nut bananas emphasize straightforward preparations. VERDICT This nonjudgmental beginners' cookbook is a great choice for teens, college students, and young professionals and families. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.