Over the past decade, home cooks have had access to products that they had never dreamed of: truffles, flavored vinegar, exotic seafood, frozen stocks, produce and condiments from different cultures, and countless types of olive oil, to name just a few. At the same time, the technology of cooking equipment has narrowed the gap between home and professional kitchens.Whether you fancy yourself a hotshot home cook or someone who wouldn't know a balloon whisk from a balloon animal, "Cooking For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " can help you. For the novice, our technique-oriented approach shows you the "whys" of cooking and not just the "whats" found in traditional recipe books. That way, you eventually can create dishes all on your own. For the more experienced cook, you can hone your skills and expand your culinary repertoire. This book is for you if you want toSet up a kitchen for the first timeMake some "Mom food" without calling momEntertain economicallyPlan meals for special occasionsSave time in the kitchen

Develop your talent by knowing how to set up your cooking space, using the right tools, and buying quality ingredients. "Cooking" "For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " also covers the following topics and more: Main dishes (meaty and meatless)One-pot mealsOutdoor grillingRecipes galore for a full menu, from easy appetizers to classic dessertsPasta, seafood, and vegetablesCooking techniques: Poaching, sauteing, stewing, and roastingCookware, from pots and pans to knives and mixersQuick fixes for cooking blundersIngredient substitutions and equivalentsKitchen safety

"Cooking For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " is full of illustrations that help you understand cooking concepts, color photographs of completed recipes, tips and tricks to help you master your meals, and more. The kitchen is often described as being the heart of the home, and cooking keeps that heart beating.