Not many people consider cooking to be fun generally because they have never learned to enjoy cooking. For those who relish food and cooking, it is creative art and way of expression which they enjoy thoroughly. Preparing your own meals has many benefits like, it is less expensive, you are sure of what goes in it, you can spice it up to match your palate and it is healthy. Do not surrender to fast food or dining out just because you are not familiar with cooking. Cooking is simple, easy and fun if you have enough passion for it. If you are not a great cook, than go through these 6 books which can make you one.
7. The Mary Frances Cook Book: Adventures Among the Kitchen People Author: Jane Eayre Fryer
The Mary Frances Cook Book is the first step to take in the long delicious journey into the world of cooking. The book makes an interesting reading with beautiful illustrations following the story about a girl, Mary Frances, who wanted to help her mother in kitchen. The wonderful book includes 40 simple recipes which even children can try their hand at.
6. Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics Author: Betty Crocker
The Spiral-bound 304 pages ‘Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics’ covers up everything from setting up your kitchen, reading and understanding recipes, glossary for different ingredients used in cooking and explanation of special cooking terms. The book covers all basics one has to learn to cook delicious and healthy dishes through a two page spread, which makes understanding easier through photos of preparation and finished dish.
5. It’s All Good : Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great Author: Gwyneth Paltrow
Not being satisfied making her way to the hearts of fans through their eyes, the dazzling beauty of Hollywood has now chosen to make her way to the hearts through their stomachs. Gwyneth enjoys cooking for her family more than she does the spotlight. Those who envy her attractive figure can learn her secret to lose weight, maintain her youthful look and feel active through her healthy cuisines. The book includes 185 recipes, including some delicious dishes like huevos rancheros, hummus tartine with scallion-mint pesto, salmon burgers with pickled ginger, and chocolate brownies with banana ice cream. Enough to make you drool and rush to the kitchen!
4. The Way to Cook Author: Julia Child
The Way to Cook is a brilliant and inspirational book written by one of greatest the television personality and cooking teacher, Julia Child, which can stir interest in cooking for people who have not enjoyed kitchen work so far. The book is compilation of 800 and more than 600 color photographs, recipes which would provide you complete nutrition through dishes prepared with chicken, meat, eggs, vegetables and fish. Apart from learning to cook simple foods like Soups, Breads, Salads, Pastry, Desserts, and Cakes & Cookies, it has some amazing recipes like Queen of Sheba Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Leaves, Lamb Stew Printaniere and Ragout of Chicken and Onions in Red Wine.
3. The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook Author: Alice Toklas
You have to go read the book not because it is the best selling cookbook of all time, but mainly for the wonderful writing of Toklas, who can inspire you to become a great cook. With attractive titles like Dishes for Artists,” “Food in French Homes,” “Murder in the Kitchen” and “The Vegetable Gardens at Biligin, she entertains to the fullest. The 300 different recipes in the book include hors d’oeuvres, salads, breads, sweets and drinks. Apart from new original recipes, Toklas also writes about traditional recipes.
2. How to Cook Everything Author: Mark Bittman
How to Cook Everything, an award winning cookbook by Mark Bittman is considered to be the single best book for aspiring cooks. Apart from recipes, the book covers details regarding every common culinary practice, basic equipments and simple techniques of using fresh and natural ingredients. The book takes you through more than 2000 simple recipes which will make cooking entertaining for you. In addition it has 1,446 new recipes such as Beer-and-Butter Chicken Wings, Paella with Chicken, Chorizo, Caramelized French Toast, and Popcorn Brittle. With passing time, this book will be your best friend in kitchen.
1. The New Best Recipe Author: Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
The New Best Recipe gives you a short comprehensive account of choice material from the best cooking magazine – Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. The fully revised edition offers more than 1000 recipes for all time favorite dishes like Roasted chicken, crème caramel and chocolate chip cookies and macaroni cheese. It is going to be a handy book for those who are experimenting in kitchen and also those who are established chefs.