Please help me celebrate my first book giveaway by signing up to win Tips Cooks Love: Over 500 Tips, Techniques, and Shortcuts That Will Make You a Better Cook!
I thought this cookbook reference companion might be a timely choice, based on the arguments in my most popular post, The Top 10 Terms to Avoid in Recipes. You’ll find no assumptions here about how to cook and bake, only helpful, knowledgeable information. In fact, on p. 57 is an explanation of the term “blanch,” one of the words in my list.
While I assumed Tips Cooks Love targets novice cooks, I found lots to interest me. Regarding the age-old debate about whether to lower the temperature when using glass baking dishes, for example, veteran cookbook author Rick Rodgers says to forget that and decrease cooking time, because glass speeds up browning.
Two other tips I liked are his warning not to refrigerate scone and muffin batters overnight. Batters with baking soda won’t rise, and those with baking powder will rise less. To perk up drab brown sauces, he suggests a tablespoon or two of tomato paste to deepen the color and brighten the flavor.
Because this book is geared to customers of Sur La Table, the book’s co-author, there’s a heavy focus on products to purchase at their stores, such as steel cookware, clay cookers, and meat pounders. And there is no Table of Contents, as the book is organized alphabetically, with opening pages listing the topics in each section.
Overall, Rodgers’ extensive experience as a talented cooking teacher and cookbook author comes through in this useful reference guide. So leave your name below, and I’ll pick a winner by March 15, 2010.
Contest rules: You must live in the US. One entry per person. I will pick a winner at random and email that person. If there is no response within a week, I will choose someone else.
[Disclosure: I have worked for both Sur La Table and the book's publisher, Andrews-McMeel. I was not involved with this book.]
Update: Smith Bites, the first commenter for my first giveaway, won this book.