Leiths How to Cook, Hardback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This comprehensive book takes the reader - subject by subject - through every aspect of food preparation and cooking.

Skills are comprehensively explained and clearly illustrated with step-by-step photographs throughout.

Here you will find the essentials that most cookbooks leave out: how to prepare every ingredient from scratch, including vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry and game; how to judge when meat is perfectly cooked and the best way to carve roasts; the correct texture at every stage of pastry, cake and bread making; and how to make the perfect pasta and risotto. And if things don't turn out quite right, there is help on hand to identify what's gone wrong and how to rectify the problem and/or avoid it happening next time.

Home cooks will feel there is a Leiths chef looking over their shoulder and guiding them every step of the way.

Recipes are clearly set out, easy to follow and illustrated with full-page photographs, plus detail shots showing key preparation stages.

There are over 500 recipes plus 250 variations, taking in contemporary dishes from cuisines worldwide as well as great classics with a modern twist. The perfect wedding, graduation or leaving home gift, this ultimate cook's reference book, should be on every kitchen shelf.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 672 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General cookery & recipes
  • ISBN: 9781849493192



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There is no doubt that this is a substantial publication, its weight alone will build a few muscles. Its title is self explanatory, but don't let that fool you into thinking that this a just a book for beginners. It is an ideal book for the beginner, but it is also much more, for it very quickly goes beyond the basics, in fact almost from the start it pushes the beginner to be more adventurous in both method and ingredients; so it seems almost unnecessary to say that this is never patronising in its approach, but there I've said it!The book is well laid out and attractively presented with recipes that are easy to follow; there are many photographs mostly illustrating processes storyboard fashion. The number and range of recipes is vast, and the comprehensive index makes finding them relatively easy. If you only want one cookbook this must be a serious contender, and it you are looking for a cookbook for for someone setting out on their own you would be hard pressed to find something better; but experienced cooks can learn much from this too.