Never has there been more professional guidance available to home cooks than right now, given the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, online sites and, of course, all those “cookbook sections” in bookstores.
Now comes a four-title package from the editors of Sterling Publishing’s “Epicure” imprint — cookbooks that are straightforward and affordable, and brimming with recipes, menus, how-to help and well-styled color photos ($10, 170 pages).
Included in “Flash In a Pan: Spice Up Your Noodles & Stir-Fires” are recipes for the likes of shellfish curry and sweet chiles-tofu stir-fry; sidebars on the “Asian Pantry” and the “Top Five Asian Flavorings” and guides to deep frying and vegetable-slicing.
Similar content (in context with their titles) is found in “Cheap Eats” (with sample shopping lists and a guide to the well-stocked refrigerator), “Let’s Do Brunch” (how to make perfect scrambled eggs) and “Party Food” (20 golden rules for making cakes). The books are ideal for beginners and veterans alike.