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Best Technique cookbook

chef55 Mar 2, 2014 03:43 PM

Hello all!
I am wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a really good cookbook that teaches HOW to cook - ie: techniques.

Pictures would be very helpful as well, as I am a visual learner so find the step-by-step pictures to be extremely helpful.


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    degustateur RE: chef55 Mar 2, 2014 05:20 PM

    1. Cooking School by America's Test Kitchen
    2. The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman
    3. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
    4. Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
    5. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

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      sr44 RE: chef55 Mar 2, 2014 06:57 PM

      Don't forget there are zillions of videos on YouTube that can be very helpful.

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        janniecooks RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 01:37 AM

        Gordon Ramsay created a terrific television series and cookbook to help home cooks improve their cooking. Techniques are just one of the multiple building blocks to making a good cook, and The Ultimate Cookery Course shows the reader/viewer how to integrate them and become a truly creative, economical, ingredient-savvy, accomplished cook. I love this series, for the recipes (though Ramsay's goal is for you to use what he teaches as starting points for creative cooking, not recipes to be followed slavishly), for the farm and vendor visits to talk about ingredients, for the technical skills presented (how to cut a red pepper was a neat technique), for tips for using leftovers, and so forth. Here's a link to Wikipedia which includes a good description of the show plus a detailed episode by episode index:


        Here's a link to many episodes on youtube:


        If you google "Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course" you will find many links to videos and the book.

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          Puffin3 RE: janniecooks Mar 3, 2014 05:13 AM

          I gave this book as a gift to a professional chef. Just to add to his 'library'.
          An excellent reference book from a master chef.
          Simple easy to read lots of photos.

        2. C. Hamster RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 05:46 AM

          The Professional Chef is the CIA's textbook and is great for technique.

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            rudeboy RE: C. Hamster Mar 3, 2014 11:19 AM

            I've used the New Professional Chef for 25 years, in conjunction with the Making of a Cook by Madeline Kamman. I like the no nonsense technical format of Professional Chef - clear, concise, and with nice photographs and layout. I also like the food history and eloquent, detailed descriptions of Kamman.

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            rasputina RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 08:40 AM

            Jaque Pepin's New Complete Techniques.

            1. Ruthie789 RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 10:53 AM

              Sue Riedel has some technique videos, and a great one on cutting skills.

              1. porker RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 11:41 AM

                "Professional Cooking" by Wayne Gisslen helped me alot while running a kitchen.
                You could save plenty by getting an older edition on amazon or ebay.

                1. Heidi cooks and bakes RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 01:45 PM

                  "Twenty" by Michael Ruhlman. In it, he details step by step how to cook. And the photos which document the whole process are stunning! And I love it, because once you learn that technique, you can use it on anything!

                  1. penthouse pup RE: chef55 Mar 3, 2014 01:59 PM

                    Cooking by James Peterson--excellent visuals (and in color) along with clear explanations.

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                      ecclescake RE: penthouse pup Mar 3, 2014 11:10 PM

                      James Peterson is great! I think his "Essentials of Cooking" http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/spe... might be a better fit though.

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