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The Can’t Cook Book

I used to work for Chapters Indigo around the time that Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld came out. It had such awesome design, fun recipes and instantly became a bestseller. I was jealous that it was for families with kids- I wanted it!

Now she’s back with a book that I’m pretty sure you or someone you know could use.

howtocook2The Can’t Cook Book is a book that will hold your hand during the terrifying task of cooking. It helpfully guides you though the basics while reassuring you, “Hey. You can do this.”


It’s such a useful book, especially for people like me that can sort of cook, but struggle with basic skills like how to properly slice an onion.

81OTNZYpdHL._AA1500_The book starts off with a glossary explaining different cooking tools, and then moves into a How-To section. The How-To section is my favouite, with step by step images on how to chop veggies and devein shrimp.

From there, the book goes into over 100 recipes that include chicken, pasta, appetizers and desserts. Some of my favourite recipes are Juicy Herb Grilled Chicken, Bread Crumb Bass, Crispy Shrimp and Freaky Greek Pasta.

I love the way this book has been designed. It’s spiral bound with full colour photos and has flip out pages as part of the recipes. If you want to learn how to cook, then you need this book!


The Can’t Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld
Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: October 8, 2013

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