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The TueReview: Martha Stewart’s Cooking School

9780307396440How can this woman that I love to hate keep coming out with such awesome books? It’s craziness I tell you, pure craziness! And also very, very delightful. I think most cook’s can learn a thing or three from Martha Stewart’s Cooking School Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook. In fact, Country has asked me (!!) to assign her some lessons from this book for school. Yes, seriously.

And you know, she’s not kidding when she calls it cooking school. Each “chapterette” is listed like 1.2, 1.2, 1.3, like…well, like Country’s math book! And they are are called “How to…whatever”, and most of them include a recipe. But there is so much in this book that isn’t even in the table of contents! For instance, in the meat chapter is a section on the different cuts from different animals and

how to truss a chicken
how to cut up a chicken
how to tie up a roast
how to fillet a fish

and so on and so forth. Good handy stuff to know!

And look here, varieties of potatoes. I didn’t know what they were all called, and I’ve been cooking for…umm, a long time. And she finishes with a chapter on desserts! The back says this book is for beginners and experts and everyone in between, and after looking at it, I agree.

It’s definitely a full service cookbook, and Country will get her wish for school assignments from it. She can work right through it with me, and we’ll study the parts that aren’t in the table of contents, too. It’s taking it’s place on the school shelf for now, instead of the cook book shelf!

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