Learning to cook is an everyday skill that absolutely anyone can master with only a little time and patience. Knowing what you like to eat is the first step in deciding what to learn to cook, and this comprehensive beginner's cookbook contains plenty of delicious and filling familiar recipes guaranteed to whet the appetite -- and which will impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. The recipe section of the book is organized according to the main food types: eggs, vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and beans, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, and pastry, and there are chapters on desserts and making sauces. Every chapter discusses the nutritional value of each food and includes key information about choosing, buying and the different ways of preparing each food type. The 150 recipes have been selected to teach a wide range of key skills such as marinating, poaching, frying, grilling, roasting and casseroling. They include everyday tasty favorites such as fish pie, Irish stew and basic risotto as well as impressive dishes suitable for entertaining. Each recipe contains the minimum of ingredients, and all the techniques are thoroughly explained and illustrated with step-by-step photographs.