Read itApril/May 2008 Issue

Living Without Books: Education on Cooking from James Patterson

Thirty years ago, James Peterson wanted to become a chef but had no cooking experience. Working his way through stacks of books and professional kitchens, he taught himself to cook. Now a culinary teacher with 13 cookbooks and a James Beard award, Peterson distills three decades of expertise into one definitive, all-inclusive book, Cooking (Ten Speed Press). This large, beautiful tome contains 1,500 instructional photos and 600 hard-working recipes. From how to make the perfect roasted chicken to the secret of fluffy rice, Cooking provides basic culinary training for everyday favorites and global dishes like Thai Chicken Curry. There’s even a list of cooking terms, so you can talk the walk. Cooking will help you discover not just the joy of cooking but the joy of cooking well.

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