My Cooking Coach provides a quick reference that puts (as its slogan states) Cooking Knowledge at Your Fingertips. In this first-of-its-kind Hyper-eBook edition, more than 5,000 hyperlinks (page references in the print edition) provide instant access to five basic elements of cooking knowledge - Definition, Detailed Description, Cook's Guides, Cooking Considerations, and Master Recipes - for more than 1,000 terms used in recipes: Foods, Ingredients, Tools and Techniques.
“This is the basic knowledge cooks on any level - novice to know-it-all - need to interpret recipes and cook more creatively,” says author, Charles Delmar. All of the knowledge in My Cooking Coach comes from Delmar’s first book, The Essential Cook, which won the prestigious Writings award from the IACP (International Assn. of Culinary Professionals) in 1989. In 2013, his website, www.MyCookingCoach.com, was a finalist for an IACP Digital Media award.
Probably the most useful element of My Cooking Coach is its unique Cook’s Guides. Those account for seven important details most recipes assume the cook already knows and for which few recipes account: How to Plan, Select, Store, Prepare, Cook, Flavor and Serve the foods and ingredients that are the subjects of recipes. My Cooking Coach provides a Cook’s Guide for almost any food or ingredient you can think of.
The most original element of My Cooking Coach is its unique “Master” Recipes. (There are no conventional recipes.) “Master recipes are the basic themes of which recipes are but individual variations,” says author Delmar. Master recipes provide step-by-step instructions for cooking any food by each cooking method commonly used for that food - cooking in liquids, cooking in dry heat, or cooking in fats, i.e. frying - including each of the many possible techniques associated that method.
The Master Recipe for How to Fry Poultry, for example, describes six different techniques that can be used to fry any bird in the poultry family, chickens through wild fowl. Of course, each master recipe includes a hyperlink for any food, ingredient, or technique within it to provide whatever additional information the user might need.
For cooks who are looking for a recipe for a specific dish - Chicken Cordon Bleau, for example, The companion website provides a link to a separate website that provides tested recipes from published cookbooks by well-known cookbook authors. Delmar's website also provides excerpts from many of the enthusiastic reviews that were received by The Essential Cook, the book from which the information in My Cooking Coach was taken,