Cooking Basics For Dummies

Author: Marie Rama
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118922323
Release Date: 2014-10-13
Genre: Cooking

Get started cooking now with Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition! Are you looking to dig yourself out of microwave dinners and learn the ropes of home cooking? Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition takes the intimidation out of cooking and helps you start cultivating your culinary prowess in no time. From learning fundamental cooking techniques like dicing, chopping, and saut?ing to creating delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, you'll discover how to cook up crowd-pleasing meals the whole family will enjoy—all without breaking a sweat! Even if you've never cracked an egg, this friendly, practical guide gives you all the ingredients to become a superior home cook. In plain English, it explains step-by-step how to master popular cooking techniques, such as dicing vegetables, hard boiling an egg, making quick and delicious sauces, planning menus, stocking your pantry, and so much more. Packed with more than 150 easy-to-follow recipes for every meal of the day, from mouth-watering mains to sumptuous sides to delectable desserts Helps you master grilling, slow cooking, baking, roasting, pressure cooking, and more Includes tips on adapting meals to meet the latest dietary trends, such as low-sugar, low-sodium, low-fat, plant-based, and vegetarian diets Covers shopping at farmer's markets and buying organic foods Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th edition is for every beginner cook or polished chef looking for a refresher on breathing new life into home-cooked meals.

Cooking Basics For Dummies Spiral bound Hardback

Author: Bryan Miller
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 0470742585
Release Date: 2009-05-05
Genre: Cooking

The majority of people don’t know where to start when it comes to cooking a successful meal. Packed with easy-to-follow guidelines and recipes, this full-colour, hardback, spiral-bound edition of Cooking Basics For Dummies helps novice chefs navigate the kitchen and learn staple cooking techniques. The lay-flat binding is the ideal format for the kitchen environment and the full-colour photos throughout show readers what they can expect to achieve from their efforts. Cooking Basics For Dummies includes: Choosing the right tools and stocking your pantry The essential cooking techniques - boiling, poaching, steaming, sautéing, braising, stewing, roasting and grilling Expanding your repertoire with delicious recipes A glossary of over 100 common cooking terms About the Authors Bryan Millar is a former New York Times restaurant critic. Marie Ramer is a food writer.

Baking For Dummies

Author: Emily Nolan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118069749
Release Date: 2011-04-18
Genre: Cooking

Ever walk past a bakery window and marvel at the assortment of cookies, tarts, pies, and cakes and wonder how they did it? Wonder no more. The secrets to creating them can now be yours. With Baking For Dummies, You'lll discover how simple (and fun!) whipping up any sort of baked good from a chocolate layer cake, a classic apple pie to a plateful of scrumptious chocolate chip cookies or black-and-white brownies actually is. The magic is in the doing and baking expert Emily Nolan shows you how. In almost no time, you'll get down to basics with easy-to-follow tips on: Outfitting your kitchen with a baker's essentials iincluding baking pans (loaf pans, springform pans, glass vs. aluminum pie plates), food processors and blenders, bowls, measuring cups, graters, and sifters Measuring ingredients, preparing pans, working with eggs, zesting fruit, and melting chocolate Getting ready to bake,preparing your kitchen, working with recipes, and using the right equipment And once you're all set, you'll marvel at how simple creating the smallest baking masterpiece really is: From chocolate cupcakes topped with mocha frosting to a lemon-curd cheesecake, to fluffy blueberry muffins and buttermilk biscuits From scrumptious pumpkin and chocolate cream pies and a classic cheesecake to outrageously delicious chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies From a heart-warming chicken potpie to a yummy cheese soufflé With over 100 recipes to choose from (including ones for soft pretzels and pizza!), eight pages of color photos, a summary cheat sheet of baking essentials, black-and-white how-to illustrations, and humorous cartoons along the way, the book will reward, even a baking novice, with delicious results and allow you to enjoy the unending magic of baking from scratch.

Grilling For Dummies

Author: John Mariani
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470504129
Release Date: 2009-03-11
Genre: Cooking

Grilling For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides readers with the how-to and what-to cook information they need to make their grilling season hot. It also offers tips sure to benefit grillers of all levels, including basic information on equipment; grill setup and maintenance; new grilling techniques for meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables; and new and updated grilling recipes.

Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies

Author: Suzanne Havala
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118069552
Release Date: 2011-04-27
Genre: Cooking

If you thought you had to be a nutritionist to figure out a vegetarian diet, it’s actually a lot simpler than you think. Eating vegetarian, in addition to being healthy and delicious, is just plain fun. Discovering new and exotic vegetables like celeriac or kohlrabi will widen your palate as well as your sense of adventure in the kitchen. Plus, vegetarian cuisine is chockfull of dishes that are robust and flavorful, and a match for any standard meat dish. And, most important of all, eating a plateful of vegetarian lasagna or pasta primavera, or any other scrumptious dish prepared vegetarian style will let you indulge—without guilt! With Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies, you’ll get the skinny on just what lacto-ovo, lacto, and just plain vegan diets are all about and how to create nutritious meals from the rich cornucopia of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and dairy and egg substitutes that are the staple of the vegetarian menu. You’ll also find out: How to get your full complement of protein and vitamins, including calcium, iron, C, B12, and zinc—and from what, often surprising, food sources How to successfully convert to a vegetarian diet How to stock up a vegetarian pantry—including tips on where to shop, starting a kitchen garden, as well as handy weekly and monthly food lists Vegetarian cooking basics—including preparing ingredients, cooking beans and grains, handling tofu and tempeh, washing and cutting fruits and vegetables Simple cooking techniques—including baking, boiling, steaming, sautéing, and stewing The ins and outs of vegetarian etiquette Not only will you become fully acquainted with the new and delicious world of meat replacements (like tofu, tempeh, seitan, textured vegetable protein, veggie burgers and franks) and egg, dairy, yogurt and cheese substitutes, you’ll see how truly simple and enjoyable cooking vegetarian can be. With over delicious 100 recipes, you’ll find yourself choosing among such soon-to-be favorites as: Smoothie snacks—including a Caramel Apple Smoothie and a Winter Berry Smooth Breakfast dishes—including Savory Mushroom Tofu Quiche, Healthy Pancakes, and French Toasties Delicious dips—including Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, and Fresh Avocado and Lime Dip Soups for all seasons—including Vegetarian Chili with Cashews and Southern Sweet Onion Soup Scrumptious salads—including Festive Broccoli Salad, Tofu Salad, and Lentil Vinaigrette Salad Entrees for everyone—including Basic Bean Burritos, Spinach and Mushroom Manicotti, Garden Pizza, and Tempeh Sloppy Joes Full of tips on adapting traditional recipes to vegetarian style cooking, plus a spicy spin on old standbys like Home Fries, Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies lets you reinvent the vegetarian lifestyle to suit your needs and tastes. With pages of full-color photos, black-and-white how-to illustrations, and humorous cartoons along the way, this fun, informative, and upbeat guide makes every meal an exciting step in the journey toward lifelong health.

30 Minute Meals For Dummies

Author: Bev Bennett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111806884X
Release Date: 2011-04-20
Genre: Cooking

Walking into a kitchen that’s filled with cooking aromas is a delightful and comforting experience. Yet, between work, chores, family obligations, and a badly needed opportunity to unwind, you find it difficult to get dinner on the table within the time limits that life imposes on you. But cooking a great tasting meal isn’t nearly as time-consuming as it’s made out to be, and you don’t have to be a chef to pull it off. If you forgot how enjoyable a home-cooked meal can be, 30-Minute Meals For Dummies is your best resource. If you can identify with any of these descriptions, this book is for you: Between your frantic day and the demands of your personal life, you’re looking for ways to free up a few minutes. Cooking is one of the activities that gets shortchanged. Tired of spending your evenings in your car, you long for some semblance of dining-at-home pleasure, instead of inching around a parking lot, waiting for your chance to order dinner from a metal box. You're not looking to prepare a five-course meal. You want self-contained meals that please, satisfy, and get the job done with minimal hassle. 30-Minute Meals For Dummies shows you how to make one-dish meals that include vegetables, starches, and the traditional “meat.” You'll transform soup and salad side dishes into hearty main courses and turn your skillet into a one-dish dinner utensil. You often get everything a meal has to offer in one dish – well, besides adding a scoop of ice cream to the top of your jambalaya for dessert. This book is structured around the equipment, ingredients, and recipe choices that fit your time frame. Each page is packed with my kitchen-tested suggestions for streamlining cooking. Even if you’re an experienced cook, you can pick up useful hints. You get great recipes for classic meals, new dishes, and so much more in these chapters. You’ll be pleased to know that you can fix nourishing and memorable dinners within your time frame. So ladies and gentleman, start your ovens!

Cooking with Spices For Dummies

Author: Jenna Holst
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118069912
Release Date: 2011-05-18
Genre: Cooking

If your idea of kicking up a dish is using salt and pepper, there’s a rich and fabulously varied world of spices waiting to be discovered. Mace, coriander, mustard seed, fennel, saffron, and paprika don’t have to be those scary, untouchables on the supermarket shelf. Cooking with spices can actually be fun, interesting, enjoyable and, most of all, delicious. Using spices will vastly improve your cooking and make you feel, finally, in command of your kitchen. Cooking with Spices For Dummies is for anyone who’s ever wondered how the great chefs whip up their fabulous-tasting dishes—but wasn’t sure how. And if you’re something of a veteran in the kitchen, you’ll get new, crowd-pleasing tips on how to add sparkle and zip to tried-and-true dishes, like hamburgers and spareribs or sweet potatoes and green beans. Most likely, you’ll find the answer to any question you’ve ever had about spices—plus a lot more—in this handy one-volume guide, like: What makes up a basic spice collection Advice on essential tools—including mills, graters, and mortar and pestle Preparing spices for cooking—including knowing which spices to toast, sauté, or grate A tour of the world of spices by region and country Menu planning and menu samplers arranged by country Once you’ve become familiar with the basics, it’s on to the fun stuff—cooking with spices. After you’ve followed the simple tips on making the most of your ingredients, you’ll be able to comfortably test your skills on the delicious assortment of over 200 recipes, which feature: Basic rubs and spice mixes—including Cajun, Caribbean, Indian Curry powder, Jamaican, and Southern Barbecue Marinades and sauces—including South of the Border Marinade and Teriyaki sauce Salsas and salads—including Tomato Salsa, Plum Salsa, and Spiced Fruit Salad Vegetables and legumes—including Mashed Spiced Butternut and Vegetarian Bean Chili Pasta, potatoes, and grains—including Pasta Puttanesca, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Cumin, and Curried Barley Pilaf Chicken, meat, and seafood—including Down Home Barbecued Chicken, Indonesian Beef Sate, and Shrimp Curry Complete with such indispensables as a spice quantity guide (showing exactly how much you should use), a glossary of cooking terms, eight pages of tempting, full-color photos, and humorous cartoons, Cooking with Spices For Dummies gives you just what you need to know to cook with confidence and create delicious, exciting dishes for your family and friends.

Gluten Free Cooking For Dummies

Author: Danna Korn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118432044
Release Date: 2012-10-10
Genre: Cooking

Prepare gluten-free dishes that are delicious and nutritious Want to create tasty gluten-free meals and snacks? Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies is loaded with more than 150 wheat-and gluten-free recipes. These sweet, spicy, and aromatic dishes prove that living the gluten-free lifestyle can be not only fun and easy, but delicious and nutritious too! This practical, guide shows you how to find and select the right ingredients and prepare classic healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. You'll find out what you can and can't use in gluten-free cooking, learn to spot the hidden gluten in foods, discover surprising ways to save money when you go shopping, and even manage your weight. You'll also learn how to convert your current favorite recipes to gluten-free delights using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Covers the medical, practical, and emotional aspects of living gluten-free Includes more than 150 tasty recipes, including gluten-free ethnic dishes and a section of quick and easy starter recipes, which is new to this edition Shows you how to boost nutrition and flavor in your dishes Gives you the know-how to make any meal gluten free Complete with delightful lists of gluten-free comfort foods and kid's favorites, as well as tips for converting a kitchen to a gluten-free workspace, Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies is the best way yet to stay happy, healthy, well-fed, and wheatless!

Mexican Cooking For Dummies

Author: Susan Feniger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111806917X
Release Date: 2011-05-23
Genre: Cooking

Spice up your soups and add some zest to the rest! Mexican Cooking For Dummies can inspire your cooking, improve your Spanish, and give you that south-of-the-border soul. Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have attempted to reign in their vast knowledge of Mexican food and present it in that familiar ...For Dummies style that you've come to appreciate. Discover their wide array of standard Mexican ingredients. From avocados to epazote, they give you the hints and friendly advice you'll need in order to select the best ingredients for your meals. Packed with more than 100 recipes, Mexican Cooking For Dummies covers a wide array of dishes, drinks, and appetizers. Master the simple dishes, such as tortas and tacos, while washing them down with horchata or sangria. Soon, you'll be hosting your own fiestas, starting your guests off with salsas and ceviches before moving on to the main dish. Will it be the cumin-and-chile-marinated skirt steak or the baked salmon in salsa verde? Either way, you're sure to impress! The authors cover the staples (such as rice, beans, tortillas, and vegetables) and then guide you on a discovery tour that includes traditional moles and menudos. Save some room for the wide selection of desert recipes. Pick up Mexican Cooking For Dummies, and in no time, you'll be swinging spicy cilantro-covered dishes out of your kitchen and making your guests shout "Ole!"

Gourmet Cooking for Dummies

Author: Charlie Trotter
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 0764550292
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Cooking

Explains the different elements that go into a creating a gourmet meal, from proper kitchen utensils and staples to choosing the proper wine to accompany the meal

Cooking Soups For Dummies

Author: Jenna Holst
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118069900
Release Date: 2011-04-27
Genre: Cooking

Homemade soup is truly one of life’s great pleasures. Hearty soups define good eating and put the comfort in comfort food. Discovering how simple and enjoyable soup is to make is equal only to the joy of tasting your own. With Cooking Soups For Dummies, all you need know is how to boil water. Add to this, some basic advice on equipment plus tips on how to stock your kitchen pantry—and you’re well on your way to tackling the delicious assortment of recipes. But, first, you’ll get the lowdown on how to make quick work of such basics as: Various cutting methods—including chopping, cubing, dicing, mincing, shredding, and slicing Liquid foundations—including recipes for chicken, beef, vegetable, mushroom, fish, shrimp, and clam broth Soup safety—advice on proper chilling, storage containers, freezing basics (with a shelf-life table), thawing, and reheating Tips on improvising—incl uding halving and doubling recipes, remaking leftovers, ingredient substitutions, and lightening up with less fat And now to creating your own kitchen itinerary for the delicious, nutritious, eclectic, and international world of soups . . . starting with: Fresh soup from the garden—including Sweet Potato Bisque, Thrifty French Housewife’s Soup, and Fresh Tomato Basil Soup Soup from the dairy case—including recipes for Cream of Mushroom Soup, Tomato Orange Bisque, and Broccoli Cheddar Soup Hearty meat and poultry soups—including recipes for Herbed Oxtail and Vegetable Soup, Scotch Broth, and Country Chicken Noodle Soup Seafood chowders and bisques—including recipes for Fresh Salmon Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and Easy Lobster Bisque Cold soups—including Avocado Soup, Vichyssoise, and Spanish Gazpacho Full of great tips on garnishes, ideal meal pairings, and last-minute fixes, plus 100 recipes, eight pages of full-color photos, and several black-and-white illustrations, Cooking Soups For Dummies helps you discover one great thing about making soups: you don’t have to be a grandmother to cook like one!

Slow Cookers For Dummies

Author: Tom Lacalamita
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118053591
Release Date: 2011-04-04
Genre: Cooking

The secret is out: That slow cooker that's been collecting dust in your kitchen cabinet is a wonderful and easy tool for making delicious entrees at the touch of a button. With new U.S. sales estimated at 6 million a year, more people are finding slow cookers indispensable in getting a home-cooked meal on the table. Besides tasting good, slow cooked meals are convenient and nutritious because you use fresh, wholesome ingredients. Slow Cookers For Dummies is for working families, couples, single people, students, and anyone who is tired of takeout. Perhaps you love cooking but have little time to do it or want to decrease your reliance on prepared mixes or boxed convenience foods. Slow cooking may be right for you if you want to Save money on food and utility bills Control your sodium and fat intake Free up your oven and cooktop for more holiday cooking Take a hot dish to a potluck supper If you already know how to use a slow cooker, the delicious recipes in this book can help you expand your repertoire beyond soups and stews. If you're thinking of getting a slow cooker, Slow Cookers For Dummies takes you from the basics of how these cookers work to preparing special occasion meals, to troubleshooting slow cooker problems. Here's a closer look at what Slow Cookers For Dummies includes: Guidelines on how to choose the right slow cooker for you Techniques to help you slow-cook the right way Easy recipes for snacks, beverages, chili, stews, and casseroles Scrumptious recipes for roasting beef, pork, lamb, and poultry How-to's on cooking and freezing in batches Ways to adapt favorite traditionally cooked dishes for the slow cooker In Slow Cookers for Dummies, food and appliance cooking experts Tom Lacalamita and Glenna Vance show that this classic cooking appliance is really a wonderful tool for making creative, delicious meals. With 75 recipes for making the most out of your slow cooker, you'll never put that slow cooker in your cabinet again.

Cooking For Crowds For Dummies

Author: Dawn Simmons
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780764584695
Release Date: 2005-06-10
Genre: Cooking

Furnishing expert advice on how to prepare food for a large events, a practical cookbook features a host of recipes and useful advice on how to handle family reunions, graduations, weddings, and other major events, with tips on setting up the kitchen, planning a menu, estimating food quantities, food safety requirements, timing, and more. Original.

Quick Healthy Cooking For Dummies

Author: Lynn Fischer
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 0764552147
Release Date: 2000-02-01
Genre: Cooking

Think eating healthy is too expensive and too much trouble? Think the Food Pyramid just can’t stack up against a double order of Big Mac and fries? Well, eating sensibly can be as delicious and easy as picking up an order at McDonald’s. With the right preparation and cooking tips, you’ll soon have your family beating a path to the kitchen for food that is truly fast—a cinch to make and so delicious, it’s gone in an instant. In Quick & Healthy Cooking For Dummies, TV food host and expert Lynn Fischer shows you how to restyle all of your old favorites—from Barbecued Chicken and Beef Stroganoff to Eggplant Parmesan—into light, healthy, and flavor-rich dishes. She gives you tips on daily food requirements and on turning your kitchen into a storehouse of healthy eating even a spa chef would envy. Page after page brings you up to speed on maintaining a dietary lifestyle that keeps you in optimal health, with tips on: Measuring nutritional values for saturated fat, high and low cholesterol, calories, sodium, and fiber Age-appropriate food pyramids—including ones for young children and adults over 70 Creating a lowfat and fatfree pantry—including peanut butter, jams, jellies, preserves, dried fruit, candy and cookies Mastering quick and healthy cooking techniques And once you start cooking, you’ll be surprised and delighted at how much flavor your new cooking regimen contains as well as how quick and easy it all is. Let your kitchen and palate become acquainted with these mouthwatering selections: Speedy salads and salad dressings—including Nicoise Salad, Egg Salad with Dill, Waldorf Turkey Salad, Thai Peanut Dressing, Poppyseed Dressing Savory soups, snacks, and sandwiches—including Chicken Noodle Soup, Onion Soup, Mexicali Burgers, Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwich Delicious entrées—including Panfried Barbecued Chicken, Pork and Apples, Shrimp with White Wine Sauce Pasta and rice—including Macaroni and Cheese, Linguine with Creamed Clam Sauce, Beef Stroganoff over Noodles, Mexican Rice and Beans Fabulous desserts—including Apple Brie Pockets, Key Lime Pie, Quick and Easy Chocolate Mousse, and Lemon Cloud With its over 140 recipes, a cheat sheet of handy cooking tips, sixteen pages of tempting, full-color photos, black-and-white illustrations, and humorous cartoons, Quick & Healthy Cooking For Dummies lets you fulfill every food craving you’ve ever had, while styling recipes to the daily demands of schedule and dietary needs. With Quick & Healthy Cooking For Dummies you can feast like a king and feel like an athlete—all year-round!

Italian Cooking For Dummies

Author: Cesare Casella
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 0764550985
Release Date: 1998-09-16
Genre: Cooking

Everybody loves Italian food, and with good reason. The cuisine extols hearty and healthy meals with the freshest ingredients, a diversity of flavors, and tried-and-true recipes (some of which date as far back as the Roman Empire) that are naturally low in saturated fats and calories. All this, and it tastes great, too! Discover the mouthwatering joys of Italian cooking with this complete guide to the regions and recipes of Italy. Celebrated chef Cesare Casella and seasoned food writer Jack Bishop lead you step-by-step through an entire full-course Italian meal, from antipasti, salads, and soups to pastas, entrees, and delicious desserts. Discover how to make your own fresh pasta, polenta, and pizza, and how to plan simple or elaborate dinners for every occasion. You'll find all the recipes and tips you need in Italian Cooking For Dummies, along with tons of advice on selecting the right herbs, ingredients, cooking tools, and utensils, and finding more information in print or online. The book also features a complete glossary of cooking terms and ingredients to help you enjoy la dolce vita.