Starting Out: The Essential Guide to Cooking on Your Own by Julie Van RosendaalStarting Out: The Essential Guide to Cooking on Your Own by Julie Van Rosendaal

Starting Out: The Essential Guide to Cooking on Your Own

byJulie Van RosendaalIllustratorTom Bagley

Paperback | February 15, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info

$24.51 online 
$24.95 list price
Earn 123 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


The survival guide for first-time cooks, with 250 super-simple recipes. Designed to help new cooks find independence, Starting Out is filled with crucial tips, basic cooking techniques, and guidelines for stocking cupboards and refrigerator with staples. A first cookbook, instruction guide, and food resource, the book includes easy-to-prepare dishes that any beginner can follow easily. There are even " first aid" tips for fixing food disasters! Some of the features in this cookbook are: - Glossary of common cooking terms - Measurements chart - Simple menus - Party ideas - Ingredient resource guide - Shopping tips (and even tips for doing laundry) . Starting Out has more than enough delicious and nutritious dishes for the university student or budding executive. Included are simple, quick and effortless recipes for cooking for one, such as Turkey Burgers, Pad Thai, and Basic Curry. There are also more impressive yet still easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, like Chicken v? la King, Chicken Parmigiana, and Curried Peanut Shrimp.

Julie Van Rosendaal is in high demand by food followers for her knowledge and love of good food. She is the food correspondent for the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, co-host of Viva TV's It's Just Food, the food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines and an award-winning food blogger (...
Title:Starting Out: The Essential Guide to Cooking on Your OwnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 8.94 × 8.14 × 0.82 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Whitecap BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552857069

ISBN - 13:9781552857069

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Reference for Learning How to Cook I bought this five years ago when I was starting out on my own. i could cook a few of my fave recipes but needed to know more techniques and variety of the basics! I still use it on a regular basis ! It's fantastic as far as learning easy everyday meals as well as how to kick it up a notch to create variations of a dish. also gives helpful tidbits about substitutions, tools you'll need, pantry essentials, how to shop for produce etc. It's my go-to reference guide for anything to do with cooking!
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic starter cookbook I love this cookbook as a university student/beginner cook.  It has lists for building your own pantry and kitchen (food and utensils) and your own menus with the various recipes.  It covers all types of food, and includes handling and storage instructions for the different types of veggies and meats you could be encountering.
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Son Loves It! I gave this to my 18 year old son and he thinks it's great! He is at university now and is looking forward to trying some of the dishes. It also has guides for cleaning, laundry, how to stock your pantry. A great book! Would have given it 5 stars if it had pictures of the dishes.
Date published: 2009-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS! This is a wonderful kitchen companion for beginners-intermediates! As well as having essential recipes it includes great tips on how to get the garlic smell off your fingers, how to choose your fruits and veg, what certain terms mean and essential items and spices for your kitchen! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great all purpose cook book!!!
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Even for more experience cooks It is a great book with lots of everyday recipes. What is great is that every recipe comes with many variations. Example, a classic french toast can also become a crunchy french toast dipped in crushed Frosted flakes or a banana or multigrain french toast. I am a cook book fanatic and usually go for the very fancy ones with pictures and recipes that require lots of ingredients & time to prepare but this is by far the most useful and inspiring. Lots of recipes the whole family will enjoy. And there is so many great tips! Every recipe also gives you ideas of what to do with leftovers....LOVE IT!!! A staple in every household! An absolute must-have!
Date published: 2006-07-07

Read from the Book

IntroductionNo one is born with the ability to cook. Unless you had a parent or grandparent or good friend who taught you how (squeezing cookie dough out of a tube doesn't count), or took an interest in it yourself, you likely have become skilled at opening packages and reheating things in the microwave. Or perhaps most of your meals are prepared by the good folks at McDonald's. If this sounds familiar, sooner or later you should probably learn how to cook. Let's face it, you have to eat. Learning a few cooking skills will make life easier. It will also save you money, benefit your health, and come in handy if you're ever asked to bring something to a party. You may even become responsible for feeding someone else properly. Besides, man cannot live on toast and cereal alone, although many have made a valiant effort.It took me a while to understand the saying "you are what you eat"--it applies not solely in terms of health, as in if you eat junk you'll feel like junk--but culturally, emotionally, and socially. We eat for so many reasons other than to satisfy ourselves nutritionally--food is a source of great comfort, to ourselves and each other, and is an inextricable element of any celebration or social event, whether it be a special gathering of friends or just your family (or even yourself) at the dinner table on a regular night. Few and far between are those who solely eat to live.You don't have to be a cook to be able to cook. Most people who are convinced of their ineptitude in the kitchen are held back largely by intimidation. The best way to get past this is by doing it--fixing yourself something to eat on a regular basis is really the only way to become comfortable in the kitchen. Try something new, trust your instincts, even if you think you don't have any-and don't be afraid to experiment. Competence leads to confidence, and vice versa. And remember, even the best chefs have kitchen disasters.The recipes that follow are meant to act more as guides, to encourage culinary independence rather than instruct how to follow a recipe. Start with the best ingredients you can find or afford, and you're halfway there. If you're not sure of something, look it up, call someone who knows, or taste your way through it. Food is one of life's greatest pleasures--cooking it can be, too. Just Do It.

Table of Contents


Buying tools, gadgets, and appliances for your kitchen
Stocking your pantry
Reading Labels
Produce 101
Applying heat 101
Tips from Mom

Breakfast [10 Recipes]
Soup [11 Recipes]
Salads [8 Recipes]
Stew [5 Recipes]
Meals in a bowl [4 Recipes]
Beef [6 Recipes]
Pork and lamb [7 Recipes]
Chicken [7 Recipes]
Fish and shellfish [8 Recipes]
Pasta and noodles [7 Recipes]
Rice and grains [8 Recipes]
Beans (legumes) [6 Recipes]
Vegetables [18 Recipes]
Potatoes [7 Recipes]
Baking basics
Quick breads [15 Recipes]
Cookies and bars [9 Recipes]
Cakes [10 Recipes]
Pies [9 Recipes]
Puddings and fruit desserts [9 Recipes]

Damage Control
How to do your laundry
Glossary of cooking terms
Planning your menus
Menu ideas

Editorial Reviews

Cooking at its most basic... also a reminder that a good meal doesn't have to call for 27 ingredients.