Thank you for considering adding this book to your culinary reference library lineup. This book delivers a collection of proven Americanized European recipes and by Americanized, I mean to say that the recipes tone down the fats/sugars where they don't hinder holding onto the original flavors. If you like sitting down to a wonderfully delicious meal it's probably reason enough to purchase this book, however I've taken the time to also provide you with content that other cookbooks annoyingly omit.
Every recipe in this book is accompanied by a full color photo so you will know what your dish is going to look like before you start. Yes, the appearance of what is being served in the culinary arts is a rather important factor. I don't know how many times I have ordered things at restaurants or followed a recipe in my kitchen for the first time where my imagination conjured up an amazing delicacy, but the reality that appeared before me treated me to disappointment instead. Consequently, I say to a degree, it's acceptable to judge a dish by its looks. Go ahead, give yourself permission and save yourself both time and frustration if something just does not appear appetizing.
Every recipe in this book is accompanied by a nutrition label so you will know what the per serving nutritional values are. In the days of old where terms like carbs, sodium and cholesterol were rarely used in daily speech, per serving nutritional labels for recipes were also clearly deemed unimportant or even ridiculous. Thankfully we no longer live in those times as we have become better educated about the impacts of nutrition. We find ourselves in a more health-conscious world that has made us sensitive to the nutritional content and the proper portion sizing of what we consume. This book will help you to know what you are serving your household and guests, having this information at hand is rather practical.
Every recipe in this book has a verified time to make measurement, giving you that critical edge to know if you have enough time to make the dish before the family rebels, or at least give you the heads up on when you should start on your dish if you are expecting guests. With time being our most valued commodity, not knowing how long it's going to take you to make the meal will leave you with a frown. This book respects your time, by telling you up-front how long each recipe takes to make.
Considering that we need daily sustenance to maintain our strength, learning how to cook is clearly a practical and worthwhile endeavor. This book not only provides recipes but also valuable cooking tips, a how to equip your kitchen check-list, a measurements and conversations chart and a protein temperature guide to encourage and strengthen you to become a better cook. If you are looking to save money, cooking is great way to avoiding the material and service wrap rates bundled in at restaurants. In addition, learning how to cook allows a bond to be formed between shared meals to strengthen family and allows you the cook to control what you and your family eat so you can stay on target with your health.
Most importantly, this book provides the very best recipes that I find myself repeatedly crafting as either daily meals or holiday specials. Sure, there are thousands of recipes out there in the wild, but what you find in this book is limited to our proven and very best family success dishes. Imagine having a book 100% full of worthwhile recipes to make, I believe this is it. Enjoy your time in the kitchen!