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Old 07-14-2005, 08:33 PM   #1
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Getting started in cooking

Hi everyone!
I'm 17, just found your site, and want to find an appropriate cook book to get started in. Basically I like all types of foods, and so would like a cookbook that tries to cover a broad range. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated, thanks.


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Old 07-14-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC gibo.

A great cookbook for a beginner is the Joy of Cooking. It covers a lot of ground and is good on the basics.

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Old 07-14-2005, 09:02 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site. Where are you from? What do you like to cook?

My favorite book to get started with is How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. You can find it here
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the posts. I'm from Australia, near Sydney. What I'm not interested in is desserts. I'm particularly interested in small snacks. Things appropriate for lunch. And dinner meals that are quiet quick and easy.
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:34 PM   #5
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i always recommended this one:
it has a lot of outdated recipes but it explains a lot about the basics.
i used to read it like a novel.
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Old 07-14-2005, 10:32 PM   #6
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The Joy of cooking looks a good book, reasonably priced $11, for paperback version, from amazon US. Also its very large so would take a fair time to consume completely.
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Old 07-15-2005, 05:50 AM   #7
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Great choice. Joy is kinda like a Bible in these circles. I also highly suggest picking up a book or two that get's into the science of cooking. Once you understand the processes that go into fixing your favorite dishes then you will have every base covered except for technique and taste, which really come only with experience. I cant really recomend one such book (havent read many cookbooks) but I grew up with two ingeneer parents who loved to cook and benefited more from the parts they explained using a sheet of papper, pencil and calculator than the actual manual parts.
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:18 AM   #8
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Betty Crocker is a good begining cookbook. The red&white plaid one. This was one of the first cookbooks I picked up, and I still refer to it.
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:46 AM   #9
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Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks are also good. I have the 12th edition & have learned a lot from it. My son has a Better Homes & Gardens Junior cookbook that is good also. Not only has he made several things from it, I have as well.
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:52 AM   #10
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Alton Brown - I'm just here for the food. This book covers the science of cooking.

http://fooddegree.blogspot.com/ - Learning to cook at the age of 32. How food, heat and a little kosher salt are all it's really about.
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