Why do my sauces go lumpy? How can I make my pastry crisp and light? Why do my cakes never rise? Discover the answers to these questions and much more in this essential kitchen companion. Packed with practical advice and top tips, all aspects of cooking are covered, from the equipment you will need right through to creating the perfect menu for every occasion, and each stage in between. And with simple yet delicious recipes throughout, all with clear step-by-step instructions, success is guaranteed in no time at all!
Table of Contents
Introduction Where to start Know your ingredients * What about organic? * Tools of the trade * What you need to get started Mastering the basics Dealing with meat * Preparing poultry and game * Seafood for beginners * Preparing vegetables * Cooking with fruit * How to cook pulses * Pasta, rice and grains * Easy ways with eggs Simple techniques and recipes Cooking methods explained * Making pastry * Homemade bread * Stocks and soups * Simple sauces and dressings * Mastering batters * Ice creams and sorbets * Desserts, cakes and biscuits * Jams and preserves Putting it into practice Meal planning and menus * Shortcuts and cheats * Keeping up appearances - how to make it look good * Drinks * Vegetarian diets * Great meals on a budget * Cooking to impress * After-work suppers * The perfect store cupboard - meals without shopping * Nutrition for all * Using a freezer * When disaster strikes Cooking terms explained Index Acknowledgements