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Feb 28, 2013 08:27 AM

Cookbook with views from above: Any experience?

hello -

I KNOW I have seen some cookbooks with a sort of birds-eye view of the kitchen prep area. i recall their being being British. It showed the ingredients ready to go , and then step by step instructions. My wife is interested in cooking mroe and is a visually based learner. Any direction/experience would be welcome.

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  1. Prep has always been 80% of the dish. Therefore, I would recommend that all the various ingredients be chopped, sliced, crushed, etc. before beginning to assemble. Put each ingredient in a small bowl and line them up in order of adding to the pan.

    1. I highly recommend YouTube videos and some cooking blogs. I find them especially helpful for things I have never seen before.

      1. Have a look at The Family Meal by Ferran Andria. The book starts with essentials, both equipment and ingredients. It proceeds to the meals of which there are 31. Each meal consists of a starter, a main and a dessert. Each meal begins with pictures of ingredients for each dish in that meal and then instructions include photographs of each step. The recipes are not earth-shattering but everything I made was solid and tasty. The quantities are given for 2, 6, 20 and 75 which I really like. It is not very likely that I will be cooking for 75 any time soon but the rest is very useful.