Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning


stuffeverycookshouldknowThis small book (144 eBook pages) is filled with good information. Even an experienced cook will find some new tidbits. And for a novice, it is a very good starting place for learning the basics.

The section on choosing a recipe is very good. Ms. Manning is right when she says there a lot of bad recipes out there on the internet. I have learned to trust a few sites and read the reviews.  And check out the cookbooks for recipe tester acknowledgements. Another good section was on fixing common mistakes. Her advice on seasoning meat was very good. And the section on the types of olive oil was informative. No, you don’t have to buy the $20+ bottle for cooking. There are even some psychology and good manners thrown in with the section on how to accept a compliment.

Banning uni-tasker tools is a good idea overall. Go into any kitchen store and look at all the tools made for a job that one knife could do. But it is relative to the individual cook. A corn farmer could well use that corn kernel remover. I use my garlic press all the time and really can’t think of another use.

I can see the advantage of having just a few good knives and I could probably do with a few less. And using a knife sharpening service seems extreme when buying a honing steel would be cheaper and available whenever you need to sharpen a blade.

This book would be a great wedding or wedding shower gift.

I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchanged for my honest review. Thank you.