When it comes to solving problems, reading directions, and most definitely cooking, I’m a very visual person. I’m the one in the kitchen glued to the recipe, making sure I have done everything correct down to the last garnish set atop the final product. In my recent history, countless internal questions, Google searches, and even texts sent to my mom were all on account of the fact that I didn’t understand key words or phrases mentioned in a recipe. For example: “Use a steamer basket” or foreign terms such as “dice, baton, julienne, or cube.” And many times, I craved to see someone else prepare the recipe once before me, just so I could get an idea of how a process such as frying chicken was supposed to look.
Here’s an example of something from the book that I will definitely be using in the future: How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes.
Throughout college and even recently, it has been easy for me to just pick up a couple of the microwave-and-eat mashed potato packets at the store. However, we all know that the homemade version is definitely the best and not to mention, much healthier for you! I came across the recipe for Perfect Mashed Potatoes in this cookbook and immediately stopped to read the details. There are only five simple steps to creating this homemade delight, so I immediately added it to my cooking bucket list.
Even though the book teaches you basic cooking strategies, the techniques you learn are vital tools that will help you to enjoy a lifetime of great cooking. Put a little simple, Southern flare into your kitchen today and order yourself a copy of Southern Living Home Cooking Basics.More tips and tools featured in this book: