Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen

Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen

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By (author) Mollie Katzen

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  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 229mm x 23mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061732435
  • ISBN 13: 9780061732430
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Illustrations note: colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 643,827

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Do you want to eat really well - not just once in a while, but all the time - yet you don't know where to begin? Are you tired of pizza, much as you like it, and broke from buying take-out? Do you love good food - the straightforward homemade kind - but feel challenged to set up a kitchen, shop for decent groceries, and tap into a few basic skills that can put a simple roast chicken or vegetarian casserole on your dinner table? If your answers to these questions are 'yes,' then "Get Cooking" is for you. "Get Cooking" is the first in a series of cookbooks for beginners of all ages from Mollie Katzen, the bestselling author of "The Moosewood Cookbook" and "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest". Here are 125 foolproof, basic recipes for soups, homemade pasta, roast chicken, burgers, vegan specialities, chocolate chip cookies - and more - that anyone can enjoy making, no matter how inexperienced in the kitchen.

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With more than six million books in print, Mollie Katzen is listed by the New York Times as one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time. A 2007 inductee into the prestigious James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, and largely credited with moving healthful food from the "fringe" to the center of the American dinner plate, Mollie has been named by Health magazine as one of the "Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat." In addition, she is a charter member of the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Roundtable and an inaugural honoree of the Natural Health Hall of Fame. An award-winning illustrator and designer as well as a bestselling cookbook author and popular public speaker, Mollie is best known as the creator of the groundbreaking classics Moosewood Cookbook and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Her other books include the children's trilogy Pretend Soup, Honest Pretzels, and Salad People (referred to as the "gold standard" of children's cookbooks) by the New York Times), and a collaboration with Walter Willett, M.D., of Harvard, on Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less. Since 2003, Mollie Katzen has been an adviser to Harvard University Dining Services, and cocreator of their new Food Literacy Project. This is the first volume of her new Get Cooking series, continuing Mollie's lifelong mission to spread cooking knowledge and food literacy as broadly as possible.

Customer reviews

By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 18 Dec 2009 4

Get Cooking takes the beginner through all the steps, clearly and briefly, from how to study a recipe to make sure that you have all the ingredients and tools and to understand the whole process of preparing the food to getting it on the table on time.

Each chapter begins with the essential facts about the type of food, the tools and ingredients that you will most often use, and even an assessment when the inexpensive or moderately priced tools and ingredients will suffice and the times when the added expense is worthwhile.

Katzen describes the cuisine as "'Big Tent,' accommodating a broad base of tastes and needs, vegetarian, meat-loving and everything in between." Most of the dishes are familiar - the items that you'd find at a party, picnic, or enjoy at home. We've made the teriyaki chicken thighs and the poached salmon - which were both easy and tasty! I am eager to try the recipes for carmelized balsamic-red onion soup with cheese-topped croutons, linguini with clam sauce, linguine with spinach and peas, green pea and feta quiche, and deeply roasted cauliflower.
The three bean salad, mac and cheese, spaghetti with meatballs, pasta with tuna, white beans, and artichoke hearts, chinese-style peanut noodles, chocolate-chip mint cookies and intensely chocolate brownies are sure to become regulars at our home.

Get Cooking would be excellent for someone just learning to cook - it gives you the essentials of cooking in simple steps and offers tasty rewards for your effort.

Publisher: HarperStudio (October 13, 2009), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Review quote

"Katzen's latest is a fresh, contemporary entry in the 101 subgenre...Her enthusiasm for the subject and her ability to keep the proceedings truly simple makes for the rare beginner's book that accomplishes its mission." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)