Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Essential Kitchen: Basic Tools, Recipes and Tips for a Complete Kitchen

The Essential Kitchen: Basic Tools, Recipes and Tips for a Complete Kitchen

by Christine McFadden [643.3 qMcF]

A fun reference guide of kitchen tools and gadgets. Contains color photos and descriptions of nearly every kitchen item imaginable sorted into categories by chapter (Cutting, Peeling, and Piercing; Mixing and Whisking; Frying, Grilling, and Broiling, etc). This also helps in identifying that kitchen thing from Grandma that you haven't figured out what it does, and now you know how indispensible it is! Unfortunately, this also triggers your gadget-buying reflex. Provides excellent guidance on pots and pans, the type and purpose of various knives, gives specific info on types of utensils, equipment, uses, and brands. The author is upfront about what's necessary and what's a luxury. Also included in each chapter are recipes that utilize the tools discussed. Also provided is a list of manufacturers and distributors. An enjoyable browse as well as a must-have reference. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Alton's Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen by Alton Brown.] -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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