I can’t say enough good things about “The Good Cook” by Anne Willan. It is, in a word, wonderful.
Here’s the Amazon description:
A veteran cooking teacher and cookbook author offers a complete set of recipes useful for both novice and veteran chefs, and even more importantly, an important primer on the skills every chef needs to know, all lavishly illustrated to make the cooking as easy as possible.
I found this hardcover treasure at my local library and, sadly, had to return it. But I’ll be purchasing my own copy because it’s one of those books that a cook should have close at hand. Not only are the recipes easy to follow, but Willan describes and shows cooking techniques so effectively that I was eager to get in the kitchen.
This isn’t Willan’s first book on cooking, it’s just the first one I’ve read so far. But it won’t be the last.