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Old 12-19-2008, 06:08 AM   #1
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I'm new here and have never really cooked before, I am a 48 year old single dad that is trying to start "basic" cooking of meals and deserts for my two teenage children that live with me. I have read a few articles in regards to Mark Bittmans book entitled: "How to Cook Everything". Would this be a good book to get being a beginner?



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Old 12-19-2008, 06:43 AM   #2
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Hi Tom

I'm not familiar with that book, but there are some great suggestions here New to forum

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Old 12-19-2008, 07:17 AM   #3
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Any basic cookbook will work for you. The thing you really want to do is experiment using only a few herbs and spices, and see what you all like. There are some things that my family likes, so I usually try to incorporate those in everything. We like a lot of garlic, but we are not really crazy about Rosemary or Cilantro. So, I usually use more of the other seasonings. I grow about 10 of the basic herbs. I usually follow my instincts. Follow a new recipe, cut the Rosemary in half, and put a little more Oregano and Basil. It is all trial an error until you get it the way you like it.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:23 AM   #4
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:11 AM   #5
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This is a good one I would buy one of the used ones it has photos inside on what the finished product should look like and has step by step illustrations for each recipe

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This one is also great not to many ingredients and fast
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