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Eat & Tell: What Is a Great Beginner's Cookbook?

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Eat & Tell: What is a Great Beginner's Cookbook?

Q: My niece is moving into her first apartment and is very excited to begin cooking for herself. Could you recommend a good cookbook that I could give her? She’s definitely a beginner, but understands good food and comes from a family that cooks.

A: There are two books that I religiously give to people who want to start the cooking journey. The first is Starting With Ingredients by Aliza Green, which is an amazing encyclopedic resource that covers almost anything you can ask about an ingredient. The second book is Nigel Slater’s Appetite which is a conversational and instructive book that helps you learn how to cook without books. And then there is this: never underestimate the power of Joy of Cooking.