serious, albeit beginner "cookbooks" for self-teaching
With money very slowly being saved to send myself to culinary school, are there any books I can get to begin to learn techniques and become more hands-on than I am right now? Basics are always a smart place to start, I'd like to build as strong of a foundation of knowledge as I can on my own while I wait for my piggy bank to fill up :] I'd love to hear any and all suggestions!
Three of the best in my opinion
Cooking by James Peterson
The Way to Cook by Julia Child
Complete Techniques by Jacques Pepin
I will also add The Good Cook by Anne Willan.
The CIA books tend to be geared toward professional cooking with attendant large portions, but they do have some geared to home cooks. Have not seen them so cannot comment.
The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan.
Only for Italian, obviously, but very clear, complete and useful.