Saving Dinner Basics: How to Cook Even If You Don't Know How

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2009 - Cooking - 192 pages
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Cooking 101

If you think that folding an egg has something to do with laundry, or that a wok is good exercise, you’ve come to the right place.

Nutritionist and family meal-planner extraordinaire, Leanne Ely knows her way around a stove and a pantry–and she provides everything you need to know, from mincing garlic and barbecuing beef to pulling off your first dinner party. Select chapters feature tasty recipes that can be prepared with the greatest of ease. You’ll find practical and trustworthy advice on

• equipping your kitchen: what you must have, what you don’t need
• stocking your cupboards, fridge, and freezer with the essentials
• selecting fresh produce and high-quality meats, poultry, and fish
• slicing, dicing, sautéing, simmering, and other prep techniques
• whipping up quick, scrumptious dishes with ingredients on hand
• ensuring that your main course and side dishes are ready at the same time
• preparing mouthwatering one-pot meals, from Lemon Tarragon Chicken to Easily the Best Casserole in the World
• baking fast and easy cookies, pies, cakes, and cobblers

Saving Dinner Basics also includes a handy glossary of common food terminology, a spice primer (it’s about time you discovered thyme!), and a troubleshooting guide for various cooking challenges. Let Leanne Ely help you turn your kitchen into what it was meant to be: the place where great meals begin.

Leanne Ely is considered the expert on family cooking and healthy eating. She is a syndicated newspaper columnist (The Dinner Diva), a certified nutritionist, and the host of Leanne has a weekly “Food for Thought” column on the ever-popular website, as well as her own e-zine, Healthy Foods. She is the author of Saving Dinner, Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way and Saving Dinner for the Holidays. She lives in North Carolina with her two teenage children.

“Anyone who finds cooking a mystery needs Saving Dinner Basics.”
–Marla Cilley, The FlyLady, author of Sink Reflections

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Nutritionist, syndicated columnist (the "Dinner Diva"), and cooking personality Ely adds this latest volume in her series (e.g.,Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way ) aimed at beginning cooks. The ... Read full review

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A Pantry Primer
How to Pick Produce Poultry and Other Meat
How to Slice Dice and Stand on Your Head
Timing is Everything
The Joy of the Dinner Table
Tool Time Using Your Tools Even More
The Soup and Salad
OneStep Dinners
How to Bake and Just Desserts

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About the author (2009)

Leanne Ely is a certified nutritionist and the host of Her syndicated column, The Dinner Diva, appears in 250 newspapers nationwide. She writes a popular Food for Thought column on and hosts The Dinner Diva radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Ely also writes her own e-zine, Healthy Foods, and is the author of several books, including the recent Body Clutter, which was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in North Carolina with her two teenage children.

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