Cookbooks For Beginners Make Great Gifts

Everyone likes to eat, and food plays a part in almost any celebration or gathering of friends and family. At some point, cookbooks for beginners can be of benefit to all, whether because we are children just starting to learn or because we are ready to experience something new. Although there are a million recipes online and in magazines, having the right book within reach in our own kitchen is indispensable.

There are literally more cooking guides than anyone could use, because this is such a popular subject and an important part of life. One of the great classics, like the Joy of cooking, makes a great wedding present. The huge volume has recipes from all over the world, but it also has a lot of basic information. Novice cooks can learn what makes bread rise and how to get a crust on a French baguette, how to substitute one ingredient for another, and why sifting flour makes a cake better.

Classics of another type - exclusively American - are the many volumes from the Betty Crocker kitchen. These books - which include those for children, for family cooking, and for special holidays - specialize in quick, easy-to-prepare dishes. Chocolate chip cookies, hearty stews, macaroni and cheese casseroles, meat loaf, and apple pie are perennial favorites.

There are some great collections that feature canned soups as main ingredients. These are often for casseroles, but include pot roast and chicken pot pie. Gravies are quick and easy when cream of mushroom or celery soup is combined with browned meat in a skillet and left to simmer.

Then there are diet books that help people stick to a low-fat, low-sugar, low-carbohydrate, or low-sodium program. Having a selection of recipes to follow may make it possible to stay on the plan long enough to reach whatever weight or health goals have been set. Sending someone a targeted cookbook is a great way to show support.

There are many fun cooking guides for kids, with safe recipes to make alone like no-bake cookies or easy ones to fix under supervision, like grilled cheese or jello squares. Older people who meed to change their eating habits will appreciate new ideas. Healthy eating may be hard for those who can't tell spinach from lettuce or who have never broiled anything. All of these people could benefit from the right cookbook.

You probably know people who've never prepared seafood but who are moving to New England. Perhaps they have gotten a new job and would like to know how to fix crock-pot meals. You may know someone who has never made bread or a cake from scratch. Perhaps one hundred ways to use left-overs is just right for a friend who has left their job to write a book.

Everyone should learn how to prepare food for its flavor as well as its nutritive value. We all could use some new ideas to get out of the food ruts we're in. The right introduction to new foods, new methods, or new implements can make a useful, thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.

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