The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible -- just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome additions to each "class."
My Cooking Class replicates a professional cooking course and will transform how home cooks learn to prepare dishes and meals. Every ingredient, pot, pan and tool is shown, not just described, making this new visual cookbook format deliciously simple.
Pasta is a family favorite that's perfect for entertaining too. The 82 recipes in this book are super easy. Home cooks can recreate the tasty dishes they enjoy at their favorite restaurant and discover new ones.
Pasta Basics has nine chapters:
- Fish and Seafood
Some of the superb recipes are:
- Meat sauce
- Rigatoni with ham and gorgonzola
- Pappardelle with wild mushrooms
- Spaghetti with fresh tuna
- Mussels with saffron
- Seafood linguine
- Paccheri with grilled vegetables
- Penne with sausage and peas
- Caprese salad
- Pumpkin gnocchi
- Duck tagliatelle
- Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
- Radicchio lasagna
Elegant design you can't help but devour. Highly recommended for all experience levels.--Ben Malczewski"Library Journal" (01/01/2011) I think these books are perfect for entry-level cooks... I'd be tempted to give the whole set as a gift.--Byron Eade"Ottawa Citizen" (11/25/2010) Pasta Basics ... leaves no stone unturned.--Sheldon Kirshner"Canadian Jewish News" (11/25/2010) Owing to the popularity of food-focused TV programming, the effective arrangement of the "My Cooking Class" series (which also includes Steaming, Chocolate, Middle Eastern, and Pasta Basics) will have you wondering why it has taken cookbooks so long to get visual. Beyond a one-page preface, an ingredient index, and concisely measured instructions, you won't find much text here, but this does not mean the books lack detail. Each recipe is pictured step-by-step with the crisply reductive clarity of a minimalist still life.... This series of stripped-down pictorials worth a thousand words is the missing link between elementally vague text-based cookbooks and video instruction you can't slow down enough or take into the kitchen. Elegant design you can't help but devour. Highly recommended for all experience levels.--Ben Malczewski"Library Journal" (01/01/2011) Pasta Basics ... leaves no stone unturned. You'll learn how to make a variety of pastas and whip up a rainbow of sauces. Recipes for such succulent dishes as eggplant macaroni and fusili with pepper sauce are at your fingertips. If fish and meat are your preferences, recipes for spaghetti with fresh tuna, anchovy and onion spaghettini, veal ragout timbale and lamb maltagliati will surely appeal. As well, there are mouth-watering recipes for salads, lasagna, stuffed pasta and gnocchi.--Sheldon Kirshner"Canadian Jewish News" (11/25/2010) This is a series by various authors with complete (and I mean complete) step-by-step and how-to colour photos to describe every conceivable step in every conceivable process. Each with 70 to 97 recipes. These books are extremely clear in presentation, right down to photos of egg yolks (with every other ingredient) so you don't accidentally reach for, say, Palmolive dishwashing soup when you should be making Bearnaise sauce. Some might think the series is too dumbed-down but, at only $25 a copy, I think these books are perfect for entry-level cooks who want to move beyond Kraft Dinner to discover that homemade lasagna does not always have to be made with dried gypsum board. I'd be tempted to give the whole set as a gift to the right person.--Byron Eade"Ottawa Citizen" (11/25/2010) This series includes books on Pasta, Vegetable, Chocolate, Sauce, Steaming, Middle Eastern, and Indian Basics. Each book includes 60-100 recipes, each with not just an image of the finished product, but photos of every step. Perfect for the family chef, foodie, or cookbook collector.--James Sanford"Battle Creek Enquirer" (01/03/2013)