Connie Fairbanks has been cooking since she was
five, so it was only natural that her first cookbook would
be a user-friendly book of family favorites and the
how-to's of entertaining with style and ease. Scratch
That includes 18 seasonal menus that you can prepare
every night, and more than 110 recipes that you can
make with ease as a home chef. Each menu includes
suggestions for the perfect wine with each meal.
Connie's Notes accompany each recipe, along with tips
on shopping for seasonal ingredients, explanations of
cooking terms, suggestions for food presentation, table
decor, and anecdotal travel stories. Dozens of recipes
are accompanied by tantalizing photographs.
Two introductory chapters offer advice on essential
kitchen equipment and necessary know-how for
beginners and pros alike, including a selection of basic
recipes, and tips on how to make a perfect cup of
coffee and stock your spice rack. Following the menus,
Scratch That concludes with two chapters: a wine and
beer primer for perfect pairings, and Connie's advice
on how to optimize the dining-out experience.