This wonderful book is full to the brim with everything new foodies need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen. Stephanie explains more than 100 important techniques in straightforward language, discusses the kitchen tools she likes to use, and describes ingredients you might not know: How do I whisk eggs to soft peaks? What does it mean to “make a well” in dry ingredients? Why should I roast spices? How do I prepare fresh chilies safely? What is “resting meat” and why should I do it? How do I prepare a mango? What flavors work well together? What is fresh mozzarella? How do I say “quinoa?” The Cook's Apprentice gives all you new cooks the inspiration you need for a lifetime of enjoyment in the kitchen. Includes conversion charts.