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The I Can't Cook Book The I Can’t Cook Book
Jessica Seinfeld
Jessica Seinfeld has moved past hiding spinach in brownies. Using a picture-with-every-recipe format plus instructional photos, lots of information on setting up a kitchen, and appealing recipes, she really does convince the beginner that cooking can be a snap. Hardcover, $32.00

Back to BasicsBack to Basics
Michael Smith
Like his previous books, Michael Smith writes recipes that will appeal to beginner cooks and those just looking to get something simple and delicious on the table without much fuss. Unexpected flavours shine in his Curry Roast Cauliflower & Chickpeas and his Lentil Tacos as he takes the familiar and adds interesting and new flavours that are still readily available at your local grocery store. Softcover, $32.00

Beginners Get...SortedBeginners Get...Sorted
Ben Ebbrell
The Sorted Crew started out as a group of friends sitting around the table at their local pub, encouraging their friends to cook for themselves more - nothing fancy, just good food for family and friends. Their book is completely interactive, supported by YouTube videos, Facebook, Twitter, and their website www.sortedfood.com. With straightforward recipes for food that looks anything but ordinary, no doubt the college students and starter cooks in your life will love this book. Softcover, 315 pp. $28.00.

The 4-Hour ChefThe 4-Hour Chef

Timothy Ferriss
The 4-hour Chef is a five-stop journey through the art and science of learning. He provides detailed information on how to double your leaning potential, learn the building blocks of cooking, how to reconnect to ingredients, how to hunt, forage and survive, and how the best in the world become that way. Hardcover, 671 pp. $39.95.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery CourseGordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course
Gordon Ramsay
This book is about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking, with over 120 modern, simple and accessible recipes. The ultimate reference bible, it's a lifetime's worth of expertise from one of the world's finest chefs distsilled into a beautiful book. Hardcover, 320 pp.

Keys to the KitchenKeys to the Kitchen
Aida Mollenkamp
Too few of us were taught how to cook, and we eat out more than we should. As a result, cooking has become downright daunting. With this book, Aida Mollenkamp aims to change that. With how to outfit your kitchen, 300 recipes, 40 fundamental techniques, 300 photographs and illustrations, this is the reference book you'll always reach for. Hardcover, 447 pp. $40.00.

Starting OutStarting Out

Julie van Rosendaal
A great book for freshman college students Starting Out is an easy to use cookbook and reference manual that will turn even the most unfamiliar-with-the-kitchen teen into a self-sufficient cook. With easy recipes, info about ingredients and cooking equipment, advice on how to store and use leftovers, and a guide to doing laundry this book is a handy addition to anyone finding themselves living on their own for the first time. Softcover, 342 pp. $24.95.

The Healthy College CookbookThe Healthy College Cookbook

Alexandra Nimetz
Unhealthy food and dorm life have always had an unfortunate relationship. Recently with the world's awareness of cuisine picking up, cookbooks are beginning to break that mould in delicious fashion. No longer are instant noodles and aerosol cheese the default choices for after-class eats. At least, not when books such as this one provide delicious, wholesome recipes for pastas, rice dishes and easy stews that cook while you're in class! Softcover, 291 pp. $17.95.

The First Real Kitchen CookbookThe First Real Kitchen Cookbook
Megan Carle & Jill Carle
Moving into your first apartment? Living on residence alone? Living conditions such as those need not be synonymous with that radioactive-orange cheese pasta from the box. Build your culinary confidence one step at a time with easy, tasty recipes that take no time to prepare and are sure to beat a stick of celery and a smear of Cheez-Wiz! Softcover, 192 pp. $25.95.

Help! My Apartment Has A Kitchen Cookbook

Kevin Mills
Beginner cook? Fear no more! Embrace the kitchen as a place of creation, of magnificence and delicacy. Learn simple, quick and delicious recipes that are sure to help you appreciate that room with a stove and a sink much more. Perfect for the new home-owner or even those who just aren't as comfortable at the stove. Cooking is a strong skill to have, and Help! My Apartment Has A Kitchen is the perfect start down that rightous path. Softcover, 271 pp. $19.95.

The Ultimate Student CookbookThe Ultimate Student Cookbook

Tiffany Goodall
From chef and caterer Tiffany Goodall comes this excellent book for those just beginning to cook for themselves for the first time. Recipes here are practical; breakfasts and lunches, weekend cooking, and healthy food are all included, as well as the usual main meal sections. Each recipe is detailed step by step in colour photos, a great help to a first timer in the kitchen, and ingredients are the types to be available any grocery store. Although it's perfect for a college student, the recipes here are broad enough to appeal to anyone learning to cook, of any age. Softcover, 160 pp. $14.95.

College Cooking College Cooking

Megan and Jill Carle
The duo who brought us Teens Cook ($26.95) and Teens Cook Dessert ($25.95) has graduated to more sophisticated fare. Sections include “Just like Mom makes,” “Food for the Masses,” and the all-important “Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen.” Amaze roomies and assorted friends with chili with green chile cornbread, garlic shrimp, and peanut butter cup bars. Tips and trivia will increase the newby cook’s food knowledge. Colour photos. Softcover, 144 pp. $24.95.

Teens Cook Teens Cook
Megan & Jill Carle
The teenage offspring of Charlie Trotter's cookbook collaborator (Judi Carle) combine cooking ability with insight into what their contemporaries really like to eat: things like fried rice, meatloaf with scalloped potatoes, sloppy joes, and cheesecake. $26.95.

Teens Cook DessertTeens Cook Dessert

Megan & Jill Carle
Fun to fancy desserts for teen cooks, but bakers shouldn't limit themselves if they aren't quite that young anymore because this is a great dessert book. The recipes here are creative but still classic, from eclairs and tart tatin to gingersnaps with pumpkin dip and nectarine ravioli. Though there are easy things here many of the recipes might need a more experienced touch. Colour photos. Softcover, 158 pp. $25.95.

Clueless in the Kitchen Clueless in the Kitchen
Evelyn Raab
One of the best learning to cook books we have, this is a perennial favourite. Though it is aimed at teens anyone finding themselves cooking for the first time will benefit. The book is full of useful information, from a glossary of cooking terms to how to stock and take care of your kitchen. The recipes will grow with you, with easy dished like scrambled eggs right up to more complicated things like a traditional turkey dinner. Line drawings. Softcover, 216 pp. $19.95.

Barbarians at the PlateBarbarians at the Plate
Marialisa Calta
Snapshots of how real families eat, recipes with kid-appeal, and the all-important helpful hints on all aspects of the home kitchen make this a good choice for the family cook. Drawings. Softcover, 232 pp, $26.00.

Maran Illustrated Coooking Basics CanadianMaran Illustrated Coooking Basics
The Maran Family with expert consultant Gail Gordon Oliver
With its simple recipes, the Maran Illustrated Cooking Basics is a great find for beginners. Better still, ingredients, tools, and techniques are illustrated both verbally and with colour photographs, a sure path to success. Softcover, 233 pp, $26.95.

Starting OutCanadianStarting Out
Julie Van Rosendaal  
For those in their first kitchen this is a straightforward sensible and healthy book. Cooking terms defined, buying tools and stocking a basic pantry, as well each recipe comes with information on what to do with leftovers and other things to do with the recipe. This is the third book from this highly popular Canadian author. Softcover, 342 pp, $24.95.

The First-Time CookThe First-Time Cook
Sophie Grigson
English food writer and food television star Grigson explains ingredients and techniques then provides recipes that employ them. With Grigson's clear instructions enhanced by step-by-step photos, the novice cook will be able to turn out both simple everyday meals and dishes fit for a celebration. Hardcover, 240 pp, $39.95.

How to Cook Better	How to Cook Better
Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill’s method of better cooking is to remember the simple things: selecting the best ingredients for the dish, selecting the best equipment for the job, using ingredients at the correct temperature. Yet these are the very things most of us tend to discount. The master of simplicity at Merchant House, Ludlow, Hill deserves as much recognition as fellow Brits, Ramsay, Rhodes et al. Try the rhubarb meringue tart. Colour photos. Hardcover, 240 pp, $55.00.

Essentials of Home CookingCanadianBonnie Stern's Essentials of Home Cooking
Bonnie Stern
Bonnie Stern returns with a beautiful volume of tasty, uncomplicated recipes and techniques that both a beginning and more accomplished home chef will use again and again. Softcover, $34.95.

The Cook's CanonThe Cook's Canon: 101 Classic Recipes Everyone Should Know

Raymond Sokolov
The author has developed 101 recipes he thinks everyone should know and understand. He's looking to "train the palates of a generation whose connection with traditional food has been short-circuited." Hardcover, 251 pp. $39.95.

Very Simple FoodVery Simple Food
Jill Dupliex
Timely and time-saving recipes from this Australian author are highlighted by lush colour photos. Simply satisfying. Softcover, 192 pp., $29.95.


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