I have a friend who is 24 and can barely make mac and cheese from a box. She lives with her grandparents due to some tough financial situations, so she survives, but she is always very impressed with the things I (and others) make. Just yesterday she was floored by the fact that brownies can be made from scratch.
Anyway, long story short I was going to give her some "cooking lessons" and a beginner cookbook for Christmas. Do y'all have any recommendations as to what would be a good cookbook for someone who truly knows nothing about cooking/baking?
- The book should start at the beginning and not make assumptions about cooking knowledge
- The instructions should be comprehensive
- An overview of ingredients would be helpful
- Obviously I need something without a lot of fancy techniques and ingredients
Some fancier simple dishes that she could "show off" with would be great too
I was thinking Betty Crocker, but don't know if that gets into the true basics.
Please let me know why your suggestion would be a good choice.