The First Real Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes & Tips for New Cooks
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: May 2011
Featured Recipe: Pecan-Crusted Trout with Warm Green Bean & Tomato Salad
Every year, tens of thousands of hungry twenty-somethings rent their first apartment. They love food and want to learn how to cook. The First Real Kitchen Cookbook is their go-to guide, explaining in a friendly, encouraging voice everything that can be done on a tiny four-burner stove with minimal equipment and utensils. Fellow twenty-somethings Megan Carle and Jill Carle teach new cooks how to stock a pantry on the cheap, buy meat, roast a chicken, cook vegetables, and bake cakes from scratch.
Megan and Jill walk readers through the basics of stocking a kitchen and shopping for all manner of ingredients (on a budget), making it easy to dive into the fun part: cooking. With delicious yet easy-to-execute recipes, the authors show how to prepare vegetables, home-style main dishes, can’t-resist desserts, and everything in between, including Spicy Stir-Fried Vegetables, Braised Collard Greens with Creamy Polenta, Baked Ziti, Honey-Citrus Glazed Salmon with Carmelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, Beef and Broccoli with Rice Noodles, and Liquid-Center Chocolate Cakes. Megan and Jill offer the basic building blocks for a life of cooking: how to roast a chicken, cook fish, and prepare pasta sauces and vinaigrettes, as well as how to whip up simple sides like perfect rice pilaf or make authentic Mexican tacos.
Cooks&Books&Recipes Editors’ Notes
With “Ingredient Info,” “Cooking Tips,” “On a Budget,” and “Lingo” sidebars — as well as helpful infographics showing intersecting uses for vegetables (from stir-fried to stewed) and detailing fish textures (from “flaky” to “sturdy”) — this cookbook is very handy to have on your shelf. Sure, this is for those of you just setting up your “first real kitchen,” but guess what? There is a lot of helpful information for those of us who’ve had our own kitchens for years. We can all use a little help now and then…
<h2>Ready to jump in and cook from The First Real Kitchen Cookbook?</h2>
<strong>We recommend you start with this pecan-crusted trout recipe</strong>
Bonus: The First Real Kitchen Cookbook also has an app in iTunes.