Cook Books – Guide For a Perfect Cooking Experience

A cook book necessarily relates to a particular kind of book which contains information regarding to recipes, ingredients to be used and also some tips and advice about the basics of cooking.A recipe book is often called as the Bible of the Cooks which helps them in keeping a proper direction during the food preparation.Cookery books for most of us will mean that we will become a decent cook and it will help us in increasing our culinary knowledge and skills.

The books related to culinary art have a rich historical background and have been written from times immemorial.They have differed from one region to another depending on the eating habits and cooking styles of that area.The earliest collection of recipes that has been found in Europe is De re coquinaria, which was written in Latin.There was an even earlier version of cookery book which was compiled in the 1st century.But all these historic books were more of a compilation of favorite recipes of the author or a training manual for the chefs who were trained to cook for banquets and elite households.They did not include the food and cuisines popular among the peasants and the common mass.The earliest cookbooks known in Arabic are those of al-Warraq (10th century) and al-Baghdadi (13th century).

But the modern culinary guides are more of a reference material and are widely used in almost all the kitchens.These came into existence in the later centuries.These books not only provided information about the recipes but also encompassed other relevant overall instruction for both kitchen technique and household management.Such books were written primarily for housewives and occasionally domestic servants as opposed to professional cooks.

These days, cookery books are far more than just a simple reference book for the kitchen.There are several types of recipe guides available that offer in-depth, step-by-step recipes aimed at the beginner and also those of us who require simple instructions to progress from one level to another one.

There are many types of cookery books which are available online as well as in the open market.The celebrity chefs have also given a major boost to this venture as most of the recipes that they have shown on their shows have been converted into books.There are many celebrity chefs like Nigella Lawson, Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Jeff Smith, Madhur Jaffrey who have come out with a variety of cook books, each specializing in their own style of cooking.

Regional and ethnic setting also plays an important in a book related to cooking.The recipes and cuisines vary from one region to another and accordingly the ingredients and the procedure of cooking also changes.International Cookbooks focus on the recipes and cuisines of various countries and regions.

Some of the books focus on a single subject like the ingredients, cooking technique or a particular type of dish.Single subject cookbooks are highly focused and have the maximum amount of information regarding a particular subject.

Some of the recipe books focus on the Quick Meal Ideas and have a compilation of such recipes which can be prepared in a short time with the use of minimum ingredients.

Apart from this, a variety of culinary art material is available that focuses on the dietary specifications and is more used by people who have dietary restrictions and also by people who believe in eating healthy.Some of these books are mainly focused for the vegetarian readers and users and give information about different types of vegetarian dishes and their preparation techniques.

Some of the major cooking guides which are in demand in the market could be as follows:

The Pleasures of Cooking for One, by Judith Jones

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More, by Andrea Nguyen

Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen, by Ruth Reichl

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo,

The New Basics Cookbook by Sheila Lukins

Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages by Mario Batali

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

Thai Food by David Thompson

The Good Cook Book Series – 27 books by Time-Life Books

‘Ayurvedic Cooking For Self-Healing’ by Usha Lad and Dr Vasant Lad – Book Review

There is a quote, from the scriptures about Ayurveda, in one of the web pages of Dr. Vasant Lad’s site. It is given as follows: “Ayurveda is beyond beginning and ending. A science of eternal healing, it is compared to a vast ocean, and studying Ayurveda to swimming across. A true teacher can teach one how to swim, but the swimming is up to the student;…it is a lifelong journey.”

From using it as a heart-warming cookbook, I succeeded to experiment and then appreciate the simple and natural ways of healing some common ailments, such as fever and cold. But as I open myself to the depths of learning that has been designed into this work, the book reveals the microcosmic journey of swimming the seas of Ayurveda. The fundamental principles that make-up a human body, like the five elements, the three bodily humors or doshas, the step-by-step processes of digestion according to Ayurveda, and much more are covered in this book.

This book has been written by Dr.Vasant Lad and his wife, Usha Lad. Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, ‘is a world-renowned Ayurvedic Physician from India with more than 40 years of Indian medicine clinical experience.’ He is also the founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The book shows the painstaking work of the authors to present to readers the complex details of food and cooking, uniquely derived from the fundamentals of Ayurveda. Even those readers who have little background in this ancient method, will find it easy to understand because of the simplicity and clarity in the presentation.

Tables are used wherever possible, making it easy to look things up. Sketches drawn by Dr.Lad himself, lend a distinct attraction for readers. It tends to unburden the reader from feeling any kind of heaviness while going through the exhaustive information provided. It would be beneficial to also consider publishing a ‘large print’ version of the book, which I have not come across as yet.

If you are not a healer, particularly not familiar to the Ancient Indian system of Ayurveda, this book can make an excellent introduction to other life enhancing works of Dr. Lad. Another book of Dr. Lad’s called, ‘The Complete book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’, covers the same details of the foundational principles of Ayurveda given in this text, ‘Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-healing’. But I found this work as a gentler introduction to this ancient system of healing. Both the works are extensively packed with details, but have their own unique focus.

One of the issues in the process of changing one’s diet to vegetarian food is said to be, according to a Q&A section with Dr. Weil, getting enough protein. If you are one among those trying to adapt to vegetarian diet, this book can give you the wholesome picture required to keep your health in balance. It provides an ample amount of recipes and an exhaustive list of simple fruits, vegetables and spices. Dr. Weil mentions this as ‘varied vegetarian diet’ and also as a healthier alternative.

One of the works of Andrew Weil, M.D., that I first read was, ‘Spontaneous Healing’. The works of Dr. Weil and Dr. Lad are quite comparable in the distinct field of healing, predominantly through natural means. Years before I was introduced to the works of Dr. Vasant Lad, I was using the works of Andrew Weil, M.D. Dr. Weil’s website is a well of resource, and the information that is provided is from his unique expertise in the field of health, healing, food and more.

I also learn that many of us have a longing for connection with the ways of our ancestors to live our lives better. ‘Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing’ is definitely a book that renders such wisdom. It also contains in it an ambiance that caters to readers from both the Eastern (India) and the Western (U.S.) countries. A copy of this book, which I have, has become antiquated in appearance. It has been kept open several times, on my kitchen counter.

254 pages; The Ayurvedic Press (N.M.); 2nd ed., 1997; $19.50; http://www.ayurveda.com

Cooking Brochutto – A Great Italian Recipe

The most exciting thing about Italian cooking is that there are so many delicious dishes to choose from and are a lot of fun to create. Most people have at least one favourite dish. You may have one yourself. If you don’t already know how to prepare it, or you would like to really perfect it, you may consider looking through cookery books or online for more information. If you are really enthusiastic you could look into cookery classes that specialize in this kind of cooking or even in this particular dish.

Or, perhaps you would like to know if it is available in any shops or restaurants locally.

Whatever you do be assured that Italian cooking brochutto is great to prepare and can be a rewarding pastime.

You may have tried this wonderful dish in a restaurant or it has been served to you by a friend or member of your family and now that you have tasted it the need to recreate the experience is great! Italian cooking brochutto is a memorable dish that once tried needs to be repeated. If this is the case for you there are many ways to get all the information you need for this type of cooking at your fingertips.

The best place to source information for Italian cooking brochutto is one the internet. There are countless recipes for you to try. To create your own unique recipe may take some experimentation on your part. You might like to add various ingredients here and there until you create your own individual recipe for Italian cooking brochutto.

The internet is not the only resource available to you. There are excellent bookshops that have a comprehensive supply of cookery books to suit every taste, ethnicity and culture. You may even try your local library which has a wealth of information for you to browse. All this information may inspire you to take your cooking to a new level and to try out many different styles of cooking. You may discover that you have a talent that has never been revealed before.

If your heart is set on replicating the perfect Italian cooking brochutto why not visit a favourite Italian restaurant and try their version of this great dish. You may love the way it tastes and be able to decipher what particular ingredients were used in its creation. It could be a challenge for you to prepare this dish at home later using your memory of the one you had ordered in the restaurant. It could be great fun to prepare and interesting to see how it actually turns out.

Perhaps you have all the information and the enthusiasm but lack that little bit of confidence to try Italian cooking brochutto without some guidance. In this instance it is worthwhile attending a cookery course that offer classes that are devoted to Italian cooking Brochutto. Your teacher will have perfected the dish many times over in her classes so will be the ideal person to instruct you exactly how to perfect it for yourself. There may be many different variations of the way this dish is prepared and possibly a few techniques that you haven’t heard of before. Going to cookery classes is a great way to get you on the road to becoming an expert in Italian cooking brochutto.