At over 600 pages long, Leiths How to Cook is quite simply the best and most comprehensive cookery course on the market. This book takes the reader subject by subject - through 500 contemporary recipes which cover every aspect of food preparation and cooking, from classics with a modern twist, to international cuisines. 130 skills and techniques are comprehensively explained and clearly illustrated with over 800 clear step-by-step photographs.
Here you will find the essentials that most cookbooks leave out: how to prepare every ingredient from scratch, including vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry and game; how to judge when meat is perfectly cooked and the best way to carve roasts; the correct texture at every stage of pastry, cake and bread making; and how to make the perfect pasta and risotto.
And if things don t turn out quite right, there is help on hand to identify what s gone wrong and how to rectify the problem and avoid it happening next time. Home cooks will feel there is a Leiths chef looking over their shoulder and guiding them every step of the way. The book reflects the current course structure of the Leiths diploma and as such is an invaluable aid to any self-taught home cook. The perfect wedding, graduation or leaving home gift, this ultimate cook s reference book should be on every kitchen shelf.
Food and drink writer and TV presenter
Another excellent standby book, for those moment when you need to make hollandaise or bisque. It's not the most beautiful book I own by a long stretch, but it's one of the most useful.