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Nov 29, 2011 03:26 PM

Cookbook recommendation for a REAL beginner. I mean, a REAL beginner.

Bittman, Child, and Garten would be too much.

I want to teach my brother-in-law to cook but he is a complete beginner. I mean, he once put a frozen pizza into the oven upside down!!

But, he's a stay-at-home dad, and honestly, I'm getting concerned with what my nephew is eating.

Something with lots of pictures would be best!


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  1. I always recommend "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." Lots of illustrations and straight-forward instructions on how to hold a knife,etc. I've never come across a better book for the novice in the kitchen.

    1. The Starving Students' Cookbook is a good one:

      1. If he's that challenged in the kitchen DVDs might be a good way to go. Safe knife skills and basics like bake/braise/saute/fry, etc.

        Some people learn better visually.

        1. This:

          No pictures, but full, easy to understand instructions for everything. Sounds like it would be absolutely perfect for your brother in law. Not at all stuffy or preachy.

          1. I still have a copy of "The Idiot's Guide to Cooking Basics"---it starts with something like "this is a measuring cup" and gets about as advanced as "how to roast a chicken." I liked it. Haven't pulled it out in awhile, but it's good for building up confidence.