The New Basics Cookbook

by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso


Don’t let their breezy prose fool you: co-writers Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso take their New American classics very seriously. With encyclopedic ambitions, their 875-page bestseller, which begins with boiling an egg, is replete with 30 chapters that delve into grilling, meatloaf making and wisdom on creating a panic-proof kitchen.

from the publisher

Encyclopedic in scope, rich with recipes and techniques, and just plain fascinating to read, The New Basics Cookbook is the indispensable kitchen reference for all home cooks. This is a basic cookbook that reflects today’s kitchen, today’s pantry, today’s taste expectations. A whimsically illustrated 875-recipe labor of love, [it] features a light, fresh, vibrantly flavored style of American cooking…

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