Kosher by Design Cooking Coach" (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., 2012) is subtitled "Recipes, tips and techniques to make anyone a better cook." That's a lot to live up to and Fishbein delivers. She breaks down complex tasks into manageable bites and explains some of the basics -- knives you will need and how to sharpen them, basic knife cuts, how to dice an onion, the need for different cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination, the various types of food processors, blenders and stand mixers.
She goes on to explain thermometers and their differences, basic cooking vessels and utensils, scales, how to stock a kitchen and then she's off and running with superb recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, poultry, meat, fish, pasta, eggs, and desserts. She has upped the ante on some tried-and true dishes like vegetarian cabbage rolls and gone global with beef tostados and tomato tarte tatin, among others.
Need a gift for newlyweds or anyone setting up housekeeping for the first time? Forget the old standby gift of "The Joy of Cooking" (although that is often my go-to book). Susie Fishbein's "Cooking Coach" is poised to usurp that spot.
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