Sauce Basics: 87 Recipes Illustrated Step by Step (My Cooking Class)

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The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible -- just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome additions to each "class."

My Cooking Class replicates a professional cooking course and will transform how home cooks learn to prepare dishes and meals. Every ingredient, pot, pan and tool is shown, not just described, making this new visual cookbook format deliciously simple.

With the power to make or break a dish, sauces are an essential element of every good cook's repertoire. Sauce Basics explains the basics of making all types of sauces and shows how to use them in an exciting range of dishes.

The book is divided into:

  • Classic sauces

  • Pasta sauces

  • Novelties

  • Salad dressings

  • Foams

  • Sweet sauces

Recipes include:

  • Bechamel

  • Hollandaise a l'orange

  • Aioli

  • Tartar sauce

  • Classic pesto

  • Red pesto

  • Puttanesca

  • Express Bolognese

  • Lemon cream sauce

  • Tomato-chili salsa

  • Chimichurri

  • Fresh mint chutney

  • Apple horseradish sauce

  • Homemade ketchup

  • Garlic vinaigrette

  • Caesar dressing

  • Nougat foam

  • Caramel sauce

  • Strawberry coulis

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About the Author:

Keda Black is a passionate cook and the author of Sugar and Spice. She lives in Paris, France.

Review:

This is a series by various authors with complete (and I mean complete) step-by-step and how-to colour photos to describe every conceivable step in every conceivable process. Each with 70 to 97 recipes. These books are extremely clear in presentation, right down to photos of egg yolks (with every other ingredient) so you don't accidentally reach for, say, Palmolive dishwashing soup when you should be making Bearnaise sauce. Some might think the series is too dumbed-down but, at only $25 a copy, I think these books are perfect for entry-level cooks who want to move beyond Kraft Dinner to discover that homemade lasagna does not always have to be made with dried gypsum board. I'd be tempted to give the whole set as a gift to the right person. (Byron Eade Ottawa Citizen 2010-11-25)

Visually appealing and easy to follow step by step; one of a paperback series that includes accessible volumes on pasta, chocolate, steaming, vegetables and Middle Eastern cuisine. (Bonnie Benwick Washington Post 2010-11-30)

Owing to the popularity of food-focused TV programming, the effective arrangement of the "My Cooking Class" series (which also includes Steaming, Chocolate, Middle Eastern, and Pasta Basics) will have you wondering why it has taken cookbooks so long to get visual. Beyond a one-page preface, an ingredient index, and concisely measured instructions, you won't find much text here, but this does not mean the books lack detail. Each recipe is pictured step-by-step with the crisply reductive clarity of a minimalist still life.... This series of stripped-down pictorials worth a thousand words is the missing link between elementally vague text-based cookbooks and video instruction you can't slow down enough or take into the kitchen. Elegant design you can't help but devour. Highly recommended for all experience levels. (Ben Malczewski Library Journal)

This series includes books on Pasta, Vegetable, Chocolate, Sauce, Steaming, Middle Eastern, and Indian Basics. Each book includes 60-100 recipes, each with not just an image of the finished product, but photos of every step. Perfect for the family chef, foodie, or cookbook collector. (James Sanford Battle Creek Enquirer 2013-01-03)

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