This book, by Leonard F. Charla, is somewhat revolutionary in its approach. The book covers five weeks, i.e., 35 days. Each week has one chapter that contains a shopping list, and a following chapter containing menus and recipes for 21 meals and 7 snacks. So when the new cook starts cooking, all the needed ingredients are already in the pantry. A separate chapter that lists staples that should always be on hand, such as flour, sugar, and coffee. All the ingredients are available at a typical supermarket.
The recipes for the first week are quite simple. They become more complex with each succeeding week. By the fifth week, the new cook finds recipes for a turkey dinner, a bowl game buffet, and a cocktail party for twelve. The recipes are easy to prepare. They incorporate lots of timesaving conveniences. Len Charla’s motto for the book is, “Use whatever works.” Never Cooked Before is a hit with moms and relatives who are giving it to college graduates, brides, bachelors, and to divorced and widowed folks, too.
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