The purpose of this cookbook is to provide you with a comprehensive resource for the kitchen in one book. It is more than a basic cookbook, though. It is an idea book with tidbits of information sprinkled throughout that are intended to guide and expand your cooking skills, enrich your culinary lexicon, and inspire your creativity.
In the first chapter you'll find lists of suggested kitchen supplies, explanations of a variety of cooking terms, guides to measuring, and other information that will help you know where to begin and will provide a reference point if you need clarification of any instructions in the book.
Using this cookbook, you will be able to put together whole meals of family favorites with recipes like meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and almond green beans. You will be able to satisfy cravings for a variety of whims from chocolate chip cookies to chocolate mousse. Indulge your need for comfort food with recipes for classics like macaroni and cheese and pineapple upside-down cake. Thanksgiving is covered; you don't need to leaf through several books to find recipes for dinner rolls, candied yams, turkey, or pumpkin pie when they are all here, down to the cranberry sauce.
Simple joys in life, such as a perfect chocolate cake or a steaming pot of chili, are at your fingertips in this book, along with more recipes that can be mixed and matched to create meals and snacks year-round. Peruse the party fare, kids' favorites, and sandwich classics for the next occasion that calls for you to feed and please everyone, or check out the breakfast selections before deciding whether to spend time waiting in line for brunch on Mother's Day again.