You could also type in the term or cooking method in question into a google search, I also have a few cookbooks but can get lost pretty easily since I'm not familiar with all the terminology. I did many-a-google search for things I wasn't sure of in my cookbooks and my concoctions have all turned out pretty decent :) It may be a bit tougher to find cooking-specific information, but it's free! :)
My doctor says that I shouldn’t indulge in intimate dinners for 4, unless there are 3 other people there too!
Despite what the nutty professor says, colon cleansing is not the same as passing gas!