Best cookbook ever!
How to cook everything, by Mark Bittman, is one of the best cookbooks available. It contains a detailed primer - everything from what you need in your kitchen, to what's the difference between chopping and dicing - for new cooks and reminders for experienced ones. Recipes from A to Z, including sauces, seafood, poultry, beef, pasta. . . and many more. It also contains a comprehensive index to help the reader find exactly what they're looking for.
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