February 13th

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The Illustrated Step-By-Step Cook


The Illustrated Step-By-Step Cook


Called the ‘modern day recipe bible’, The Illustrated Step-By-Step Cook book is a text book of information for those who lack comfort in the kitchen. With over 300 recipes, and multiple photos per recipe – this book shows you the proper cooking techniques for each dish.

Best of the Book

While the idea of having step-by-step guidance in photo form isn’t new (I love my copy of Jacques Pepin’s Complete Techniques), it is rarely seen in such a large, colour version which is really nice to follow along with. The amount and variety of recipes are also great for beginning cooks so they can easily follow along and gain confidence in the kitchen.

Needs Improvement

Some of the photos could have been a little nicer and I find that sometimes there was no photo at an instruction step where I would have liked one. But that was few and far between – for the most part it is a lovely guide.

Target Audience

This is a great reference and teaching book for those who are new to / or need instruction in the kitchen. A lovely jumping off point into a love affair with cooking!

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi has been blogging since January of 2008 with her first venture ‘Simply Fresh’ – a blog about the Ottawa food scene, local ingredients and other local foodies. She also contributes a food column to the Russell Villager and has begun her second blog, ‘Vegging for Two’, an expectant Mom’s guide to healthy eating. As a “friend in food” she writes Jodi’s Re-views covering cookbooks, health books and food fiction to keep learning about what’s going on out there in the beloved world of food! You can find Jodi by visiting her two blogs: Simply Fresh – www.simplyfreshottawa.com Vegging for Two – www.veggingfortwo.com Or via email: simplyfresh(at)live.com or Twitter (@SimplyFresh)


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