I bought this book after Christmas when I felt like I had gained 100 lbs & was determined to start 2010 off on the right foot. Needless to say, that feeling passed & this book fell by the wayside, unread. I picked it up the other night & started flipping through it. What I didn't realize when I bought it, this book is not a cookbook. It's a how-to book, which I should have picked up on from the title. Whatever, blonde moment.
So this book is kind of awesome, especially if you a) don't know how to cook, or b) like me, have been teaching yourself how to cook, but lack a solid foundation. People who would have zero use for this book? Carolyn. People who might like it? Jessica & Sally.
This book covers everything from what spices to keep on hand, how long to keep them, how to season & clean cast iron, how to use & store fresh herbs, how to dice, chop & mince vegetables, which knives to use for what, how to stock your pantry, the difference between all the different oils & which ones to use for what, etc. And, as the title suggests, it puts an emphasis on healthy cooking.
I honestly can't think of anything it doesn't cover. It answered all the questions I've been asking myself for the past year as I've been teaching myself how to cook. It even has a chapter on baking. Seriously, it covers everything. And it does have some recipes, a few per chapter. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to expand their general cooking/kitchen knowledge.
Lastly, if you're interested in buying this book, definitely buy it on Amazon. It's $20 more at Borders.