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Cooking secrets my mother never taught me
Hilton, Joni, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Roseville, Calif. : Prima Home, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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TX715 .H72253 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Women in the workplace have not only had an impact on how businesses are run, but the way a home is cared for. In an age where microwave dinners are commonplace, the Secrets My Mother Never Taught Me series provides ingenious advice and sought-after answers about cooking and the kitchen. Secrets My Mother Never Taught Me is a fun, informative book for women whose working moms did not have the spare time to pass on their cooking secrets and wisdom. From stocking a pantry to baking a cake from scratch, this current, modern-day reference speaks to single or married women who want to learn the "cooking essentials" needed to cook and serve meals for themselves or their family. This book includes everthing from cooking basics to throwing together small dinner parties to kitchen safety, maintenance, and more!

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Library Journal Review

Hilton, contributor to such magazines as Woman's Day and Parents, has compiled these basic guides, part of a new series, for the many who have never learned domestic skills and shortcuts necessary to create a comfortable, efficient household. Intended for true beginners, the rudimentary information is conveyed in relaxed, conversational prose that will not intimidate. Liberal use of humor and real-life examples further comforts the inexperienced. Cooking Secrets progresses through the basics of selecting food, kitchen supplies, and meal planning before relating tips on specific types of foods, entertaining, gifts, cooking, baking shortcuts, and miscellaneous kitchen tricks. Less than one third of the book is devoted to standard recipes, which can be made with a minimum of ingredients and the simplest methods. Housekeeping Secrets briefly reviews time-management techniques and cleaning tools before offering lengthier chapters on typical household tasks (like laundry or decorating) and various rooms of the home. There is nothing really new or unique here; the comprehensiveness and arrangement of Cheryl Mendelson's Home Comforts (LJ 8/99) make it a better reference, while some similar information can also be found quickly in Family Circle 2000 Hints & Tips (Doublday, 2000) through its quick lists, bullet-points, and sidebars. Still, there may be demand from readers familiar with Hilton through her articles and previous books on domesticity. And the volumes may appeal to those who regularly read domestic arts books, comparing tips and techniques. For public libraries.DBonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started
Chapter 1 Selecting Food Generic or Brand Name?
Organic or Preservative-Treated Foods Saving Money Coupons Meats Fish Poultry Breads Produce Dairy Convenience Foods Storage
Chapter 2 Kitchen Supplies Essentials Storing Tips Kitchen Remodeling Secrets
Chapter 3 Meal Planning Nutrition Appearance and Presentation Advance Planning Timing Meals
Part 2 The Basics
Chapter 4 How to Cook Meat, Poultry, and Fish Meat Basics Poultry Basics Fish Basics
Chapter 5 Pasta Secrets Cooking It Up When Is It Done?
The Cold Facts Stretching Recipes--and Your Budget--with Pasta Sauces Pasta Etiquette
Chapter 6 Baking Shortcuts Measuring Cups Bread Pies Cookies Cakes Cake Decorating Tips
Chapter 7 Vegetables and Fruits Vegetables Fruits Salads
Chapter 8 Flavoring Your Food Oils Frying with Oil Old vs.New Oil Marinades Flavorings and Extracts Herbs and Spices
Part 3 Helpful Hints
Chapter 9 Freezing Leftovers Deliberate Leftovers But Will They Be As Good? Into the Freezer Thawing Easy Freezies What Won't Freeze Well?
How Long Will It Keep? High-Tech Living
Chapter 10 Easy Cleanup Secrets A Little Soak'll Do It What's Really Dirty?
Small Appliances Cabinets Counters and Cutting Boards Eating Areas Dish Duty The Refrigerator Floors
Chapter 11 Other Tricks Good Cooks Know Be Prepared Baking Tips Specific Products Using Your Microwave Cooking Tips
Chapter 12 Basic Food Repair Minor Miracles
Part 4 Beyond Basic
Chapter 13 Entertaining Planning Ahead Greetings When Kids Are Coming Spontaneous Parties Showers Easy Menus How to Impress Your Parents
Chapter 14 Breakfasts in a Hurry Car Munchies Packing a Week Ahead Grab 'n' Go Strategies Easy-Fix Breakfasts
Chapter 15 Gifts from the Kitchen Edible Goodies It's a wrap Tags and Instructions
Part 5 The Recipes
Chapter 16 Breads, Cereals, Soups & Salads Breads, Cereals, Pasta Soups & Salads
Chapter 17 The Main Course Meats & Main Dishes Fruit & Vegetable Side Dishes
Chapter 18 Dessert Recipes Cooking Terms