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Sep 21, 2006 04:19 PM

Need cookbooks with pictures for newish cook with husband who only likes meat/pots

My niece moans that she cannot eat just meat and potatoes or pizza which amounts to her husband's complete diet. She wants to cook for herself and mini chowpup to include a wider range but needs a cook book or books that are visual and have plenty of piccys to guide her. My 1000 collection is not much help and I don't want to start her off on Rachel Ray or am I being too snobby? Need some help please - puplet has started to eat vegetables so a full course meal is not too far into the future (they live in Las Vegas).

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  1. Perhaps a Subscription to Cooks Illustrated. They often have illustrations on how to prepare the meal and a magazine will keep new ideas coming to her constantly!! :)


    1. "The Way to Cook" by Julia Child has wonderful pictures and very clear directions and has lots of suggestions of variations on a master recipe.

      And maybe you could see if there are any of the food network chefs whose food appeals to her - Giada, Ina, Tyler - that might be a place to start. And I wouldn't discount Rachael Ray - for someone who is looking for ease of preparation and variety, she might be just the ticket.

      1. I would highly recommend the series by Donna Hay; the illustrations are beautiful and the ingredients lists are short and simple. What about a subscription to Cooking Light? They often have good ideas for simplifying (and making much more healthy) favorite foods of meat lovers. You also can't go wrong with either of the Giada books (have and love them both), although it limits you to Italian. Ina and Tyler both have beautiful cookbooks with great recipes but sometimes the techniques and/or ingredients lists can be complicated for a very beginner. They'd make great additions to any collection though.

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        1. re: abbeyraish

          I was going to suggest Donna Hay too. Recipes are simple and varied, and pics are beautiful. I have Off The Shelf. I don't really use it much anymore, since the recipes are so simple that I've kind of memorized my favorite ones.

          I'd also recommend Jamie Oliver. For really good food, you can't get much simpler than him. Nigella Lawson's How to Eat doesn't have that many pictures, but it's well-organized and full of fantastic simple recipes. I think it even has a chapter about cooking for kids, if that's a concern.

        2. Valenti's One-Pot Meals has a variety of veggie and meat dishes.

          1. Not illustrated, but Peg Bracken's "I Hate To Cook Book" is good for beginners, even those who don't hate to cook, but don't know where or how to start.