In an era of outfitted home kitchens and food fascination, it's no wonder home cooks who never learned the fundamentals of the kitchen are intimidated. Twenty years ago, James Peterson could relate, and so he taught himself by cooking his way through professional kitchens and stacks of books, logging the lessons of his kitchen education one by one. Now one of the country's most revered cooking teachers, Peterson provides the confidence-building instructions home cooks need to teach themselves to cook consistently with ease and success. COOKING is the only all-in-one instructional that details the techniques that cooks really need to master, teaches all the basic recipes, and includes hundreds of photos that illuminate and inspire.
• Cooking authority James Peterson's definitive, all-inclusive learn-to-cook cookbook. • 600 hard-working recipes everyone should know how to make-from the perfect roasted chicken to bouillabaisse and apple pie. • 1,500 instructional photos, showing exactly how recipes are made, teach food-literate novices to cook with confidence and more advanced cooks to expand their repertoire. • James Peterson has more than 1 million cookbooks in print.
JAMES PETERSON is an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, photographer, and cooking teacher whose career began as a young restaurant cook in Paris in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, Peterson practiced his traditional French training as a chef-partner for a Greenwich Village restaurant called Le Petit Robert. A cooking teacher for over two decades since, Peterson has taught at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School and at the French Culinary Institute. After translating a series of French pastry books from French to English, Peterson was encouraged to write his own book. He is now the author of fifteen books, including Cooking, Baking, Meat, Vegetables, Kitchen Simple, and Sauces--his first book--which became an instant classic and received the 1991 James Beard Cookbook of the Year award. His articles and recipes have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. A self-taught food photographer, Peterson also creates the photography for his books. James Peterson lives in Brooklyn, New York.
James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards General Category Winner!
"It's heavy enough-and good enough-to warrant a permanent place within easy reach...The text is clear and easy to read. Peterson's ancillary material at the end of some recipes earns special merit as the most varied and interesting factoids in any books we've seen this year."-Washington Post
"Peterson's masterful survey of kitchen skills is a refreshing dose of tradition for anyone weary of quick-and-simple recipe books. . . . [Cooking] will reward those keen to absorb Peterson's deep knowledge of food and well-honed explanations for how best to prepare it."-Publishers Weekly
"Easier to use than other cooking-school-in-a-book volumes . . . The step-by-step photographs are superb." -Boston Globe
"Some cookbooks help you get dinner on the table tonight. Others help you become a better cook for the rest of your life-every recipe teaches you something funadmental. James Peterson's 560-page Cooking is a great choice for anyone who wants to become a smarter cook."-O, the Oprah Magazine
"This 558-page book contains virtually all the culinary knowledge that the average person needs to know." -New York Newsday
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"Easier to use than other cooking-school-in-a-book volumes . . . The step-by-step photographs are superb."-Boston Globe "This 558-page book contains virtually all the culinary knowledge that the average person needs to know."-New York Newsday
"Peterson aims to cram an entire culinary education between these hefty covers, and he comes close."-Charlotte Observer "Huge and encyclopedic . . . it would be a fine gift for any good cook who wants to become even better."-Epicurious.com "Peterson distills a lifetime of thinking about food in Cooking. The book's instructions include invaluable frame-by-frame photographs."-New York Times Book Review "Know someone who's beyond cooking basics and wants to learn more? Give him or her this tome and let your chef wannabe learn the same way Peterson did: by cooking through this incredible book."-Chicago Tribune "His template for a European peasant-style soup was a wonder."-Los Angeles Times "An extraordinarily comprehensive book . . . best for the cook-to-be who really wants to get down to business."-San Jose Mercury News
"Sure to inspire beginner and skilled cook alike."-Seattle Times
"This marvelous author has another winner . . . this cookbook answers virtually every kitchen question."-St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Lush photos and sophisticated recipes."-Denver Post"Cooking is Peterson's return to the most basic techniques, written from the perspective of teacher to student . . . colorful, step-by-step, photos accompany many of the recipes."-San Francisco Chronicle
"For those who want a thorough knowledge of cooking fundamentals."-ivillage.com "Instructive and authoritative . . . [Peterson's] unwavering focus on what a student really needs to know has produced a superior textbook."-Booklist
"Whether you're a seasoned chef or just starting out, James Peterson's Cooking will teach you more than a trick or two."-Parade "An intensive course for home cooks in the classic techniques that underlie good cooking, this is recommended for all cookery collections."-Library Journal, Starred Review "Soup whisperer James Peterson tells cooks how to simmer up greatness"-Pittsburg Post Gazette
"...very informative (and fun to read)"-Orange County Register
"The best new cookbook of the year"-Ashbury Park Press
WINNER 2008 James Beard Award FINALIST 2008 IACP Cookbook Award