I could never get behind the idea of getting kids to eat vegetables by hiding them in baked goods, but Jessica Seinfeld made a name for herself with her first cookbook, “Deceptively Delicious” by encouraging parents to do so. I have no problem with putting vegetables in baked goods, but it was the idea that kids would only eat their greens if they were tricked into it that I didn’t like. I’m not even sure if that was the gist of the book, but the media certainly made it sound that way.
Seinfeld has recently published her third cookbook (I hadn’t realized she had written a second), “The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!” It’s designed to put nervous cooks at ease and help those who don’t cook because they think they can’t learn their way around a recipe. This is an idea I can get behind.
Her goal is to take away the intimidation of cooking meals from scratch and break it down in a fun way for people so they don’t get overwhelmed.
I know many people who say they can’t cook. Some of them aren’t interested in doing it and don’t have any intentions of trying. Others are simply intimidated. This cookbook is for those people. I spent some time looking through the pages this morning. It has an encouraging introduction and explains the basics of cookware, knives, tools, and kitchen skills before getting into the recipes.
The recipes are simple but made with real, healthy ingredients. Seinfeld even points out the areas where “Can’t Cooks” (that’s what she calls people who are terrified of cooking) might panic. Before recipes, there’s “Don’t Panic” advice that explains things like chopping garlic is the hardest skill needed for lasagna – the “rest is just measuring, pouring, and layering.” The enhanced eBook version also includes 25 original videos that demonstrate some of the cooking skills called for in the book.
Here’s a tip if you’re interested in the book. Amazon and Barnes & Noble only offer a peak of the introduction and the gearing up parts of the book. If you head over to publisher Simon & Schuster’s page for “I Can’t Cook Book,” you can get a peak at a few of the recipes to see if you find them intimidating or not.
Cooking meals at home, whether you’re cooking for one or for a whole family, is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your budget, and it can be quite enjoyable, too. “I Can’t Cook Book” helps those who want those benefits to understand that they aren’t beyond their abilities.
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