If learning how to cook is among your list of priorities, then purchasing Learning to Cook With Marion Cunningham should be just before it on the list. Ms. Cunningham enlisted the help of some very special people in writing this book, her students. What better input could be had than from a group of people who very much wanted to learn the basics of cooking?
Basic is the key here. Too often, people want to create marvelous gourmet meals without knowing much about the basics, or foundation, of cooking. The students ensured that nothing was taken for granted or that basic procedures, such as cutting an onion correctly, were well covered. Explanations were given that allowed even the most novice cooks too easily understand and-more importantly-carry out the task. Each chapter begins with an introduction or "lesson". One particular lesson called Salad Sense dealt with everything from purchasing through preparing right on to storing some very fragile leafy greens.
The recipes in all chapters are well planned and give step-by-step instructions. Sidebars give explanations and tips on cooking methods, preparation techniques and descriptions of less common ingredients. This is a book that students of cooking should consider.
Marion Cunningham has broken cooking down into "five simple truths" that will make any novice cook confident and relaxed with their ability. The quintessential cooking teacher has once again earned her marks.