The Can’t Cook! Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified

Jessica Seinfeld, photos by John Kernick. Atria, $27.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-451-66225-2
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In her third cookbook, Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) guides newbie cooks through their first steps “out of Can’t Cooksville.” With her encouraging attitude, Seinfeld is a cheerleader for beginners and has created an inviting primer designed to end kitchen phobia and dependence on processed foods. Following an introduction psyching up cooks with “less than zero experience,” Seinfeld promises a fearless and fun approach. A well-illustrated section on basic kitchen equipment with instructional photos shows inexperienced cooks how to slice, dice, and prep citrus, onions, garlic, avocado, nuts, shrimp, and more. Main dishes like “Your First Chili” and “Rosemary Chicken Under a ‘Brick’ ” make for well-rounded, family-friendly meals. Multiple pasta dishes and a healthy “Quickies” section offer more “no-fail fare.” Scannable icons for smartphones and URLs connect cooks to mini-movies and online support, and “Don’t Panic” recipe headers provide quivering cooks words of encouragement and simple reminders. There are useful charts outlining seasonal foods, meat temperatures, measure conversions, and tips for food storage. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/16/2013
Release date: 10/08/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
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