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What’s a Cook to Do?

An illustrated guide to 484 essential tips, techniques, and tricks.

Culinary students everywhere rely on the comprehensive and authoritative cookbooks published by chef, instructor, and award-winning author James Peterson. And now, for the first time, this guru-to-the-professionals turns his prodigious knowledge into a practical, chockablock, quick-reference, A-to-Z answer book for the rest of us.

Look elsewhere for how to bone skate or trim out a saddle of lamb, how to sauté sweetbreads or flambé dessert. Look here instead for how to zest a lemon, make the perfect hamburger, bread a chicken breast, make (truly hot) coffee in a French press, make magic with a Microplane. It’s all here: how to season a cast-iron pan, bake a perfect pie, keep shells from sticking to hard-cooked eggs. How to carve a turkey, roast a chicken, and chop, slice, beat, broil, braise, or boil any ingredient you’re likely to encounter. Information on seasoning, saucing, and determining doneness (by internal temperatures, timings, touch, and sight) guarantees that you’ve eaten your last bland and overcooked meal.

Here are 500 invaluable techniques with nearly as many color photographs, bundled into a handy, accessible format.

  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Pages: 432
  • Binding: Paperback
 
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the only cookbook i can't live without
As a budding homecook this book has been immensely helpful. Instead of offering recipes (though there are some), it is organized by food groups and cooking techniques so you can prepare both basics and more complex recipes correctly and with your own flare. Also so many useful tips n tricks!

I have picked up multiple extra copies for friends, other college kids like myself, so even the ones that are completely incapable in the kitchen can properly cook an egg, safely prepare meat, navigate a pantry, and maybe not eat take-out 7 nights a week
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