Review This is a great cookbook for the younger and inexperienced cook. The language used is informal and very conversational.... This book is extremely useful and a great addition to the library of the newly moved out young person. (Alison Edwards Resource Links) Product Description This thorough and witty culinary guide demystifies the kitchen and its contents for young adults and anyone who's found themselves in front of a full fridge exclaiming, "There's nothing to eat here!" With 200 easy-to-follow recipes, Evelyn Raab shows the culinary neophyte how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion. Revised for a new generation of students, this amusing cookbook focuses on creating whole, healthy foods using fresh ingredients. Recipes are coded with easy-to-understand icons and symbols that sort each dish into categories, such as vegetarian meals, cheap eats, couch potato, mom and family food, and cooking to impress. Clueless in the Kitchen includes informative and entertaining chapters on: The Kitchen -- a guide to alien territory Shopping -- you can't cook if you don't have it! Salads, soups and side things Meat dishes (beef, chicken and other critters) Vegetarian options Egg, fish and pasta entrees Baking and desserts Snacks and munchies. The book also features information and advice on meal planning, a glossary, a conversion chart and a handy index. Whether living on their own for the very first time or just on their own for dinner, Clueless in the Kitchen is the only guide novice cooks need to create an interesting, easy, delicious and nutritious meal. About the Author Evelyn Raab's popular "Cooking With Kids" column has appeared in Today's Parent magazine. She attributes her culinary expertise to her sons. George A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and illustrator who teaches book arts and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario. He regularly exhibits his wood engravings and limited-edition books internationally. He is the author of The Woodcut Artist's Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking, Second Edition Updated and Expanded, which is also published by Firefly Books. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Starting from Scratch How you ended up with this book is not important. Maybe your parents gave it to you. Maybe you bought it for yourself. Maybe you found it in a ditch. It doesn't matter. The thing is, you have it, and now you have to use it. But how? So this is a cookbook. You've probably already noticed that. And it's full of recipes--which is pretty much what you'd expect. These recipes are simple without being stupid. They contain no scary terminology, no really strange ingredients, no complicated procedures. They also contain (almost) no processed foods--no cake mixes, no condensed tomato soups, no frozen whipped toppings. You don't need them. Ever. Cooking from scratch is easy and cheap, and always tastes better. That's a fact. This book is full of other stuff you need to know too. Kitchen stuff. Basic stuff that no one ever bothered to tell you. Or maybe you weren't listening. And now you're sorry, because now you want to know. Now the kitchen needs sanitizing, or now you have to cut up a chicken or have to (yikes!) convert measurements. And you certainly don't want to go crawling back to Mom, do you? You'll also find information on how to shop, where to find specialty items and how to plan a meal. So how do you get started? Well, just start. Find something you want to cook and cook it. Go ahead--be brave. After all, cooking isn't brain surgery. It just looks like it.
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