Tips Cooks Love: Over 500 Tips, Techniques, and Shortcuts That Will Make You a Better Cook!
by Rick Rodgers
A cook's time in the kitchen is now even more productive and easy thanks to TIPS COOKS LOVE from culinary authority Sur La Table and cookbook author Rick Rodgers.
‘Tips Cooks Love’ gives cooks more than 500 useful tips for cooking and preparation from the cookware and baking expert, Sur La Table. The easy-to-use book is organized alphabetically for quick answers. It includes tips about ingredients as well as cookware, tools, cooking methods, and other handy information for the busy home cook. For example, did you know that adding white chocolate to whipped cream provides elegant flavor and stabilizes the cream?
The book also features ten "deconstructed" recipes that offer lots of smart ideas illustrating ways to improve the dish and one's cooking. Six "technique" sections for quick and informative reference offer tips on tricky skills, such as braising, baking, and grilling, as well as some great charts to help cooks adapt a recipe to a different-size pan.
Each time someone sees this book, they instantly want to flip through the book in eager anticipation of finding some new tip. The book just draws people in. The organization of the book is a bit interesting but maybe the authors spread things around to present variety? This is a book that you just kind of casually pick up and read 10-20 pages at a time. The book looks rugged too in that I think it may be able to take some abuse over the years.
Quality Man "yway6"; Arizona (amazon.com)
If you're like me, and like to cook but often feel like you're blindly stumbling around the kitchen, this is a nice book to have on hand. There are a few recipes scattered throughout, but mostly this is a reference. If you ever want to know what the heck you use cheesecloth for, or what a mandoline is, this book will tell you. There's also a lot of equivalency charts, so when you happen upon that recipe that measures everything in grams, and your scale only shows ounces, you know what to do. I think this is a nice addition to my kitchen.
J. Shetrone; Christiansburg, VA (amazon.com)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Rodgers is a renowned cooking instructor and radio and television guest chef who has written dozens of books on a wide variety of cooking subjects, including his best-selling 101 series, and the IACP Cookbook Award nominees 'Kaffeehaus' and 'The Carefree Cook'. Rodgers also wrote the text for 'Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Roasting' and is the author of 'Chicken and America' in the Williams-Sonoma Collection series.