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Old 12-30-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hi DC,

After the amazing recommendations I recieved in my last thread I thought I would try my luck again and start another thread. As I am relatively new to cooking I often follow recipes which aid me in the kitchen - whilst this is great I don't feel I am actually learning about food and the impact of each ingredient.

I am after a cook book which therefore focuses upon ingredients, techniques, equipment etc which will help me become a better chef by educating me and extending my knowledge.

Thanks in advance everyone!
Lewis.

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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Alton Brown - Good Eats would be a good place to start. He is methodical and covers not only the how but also the why.

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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Mark Bittman's ~ How to Cook Everything is a good one. I love Mark's books because he gives a basic recipe template from which to start and offers tons of suggestions on which flavors work well together. He's all about you changing things up in ways that suit your tastes and gives you courage to experiment. His The Food Matters Cookbook is another one I love.

Here's a link to a a discussion on Chow's Forums where there are some good suggestions as well.

Also, check out 641* in the non-fiction section at the library. I have almost beaten my cookbook purchasing compulsion by checking out an armful every month or two instead. ;)
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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Mark Bittman's ~ How to Cook Everything is a good one. I love Mark's books because he gives a basic recipe template from which to start and offers tons of suggestions on which flavors work well together. He's all about you changing things up in ways that suit your tastes and gives you courage to experiment. His The Food Matters Cookbook is another one I love.

Here's a link to a a discussion on Chow's Forums where there are some good suggestions as well.

Also, check out 641* in the non-fiction section at the library. I have almost beaten my cookbook purchasing compulsion by checking out an armful every month or two instead. ;)
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:33 PM   #5
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A subscription to Cook's Illustrated might be helpful as well.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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"The Professional Chef" from Culinary Institute of America. Great reference book. Although the recipes are more for high volume cooking, which may be broken down. Lots of info. Also pretty high priced.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #7
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The Professional Chef is the CIA's textbook and is pretty far above a beginning cooks level. But it is a great book.

I think Madeline Kamman's book is great for a serious yet beginner cook:

The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, And Science Of Good Cooking: Madeleine Kamman: 9780688152543: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:58 PM   #8
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the recomendations, I will do some research and will invest in one or two to get me started!

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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The way i see it the best educational cooking book is the one used for education. Get one from culinary school, the one that is used in cooking classes.
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