It doesn’t take culinary mastery and great recipes to be a great cook. But then again, it does take more than boiling eggs to lure you out of ordering take-out every night. Whether you want to pick up a new hobby, win your friends and family over [move “over” after “win”?] with your meals, or eat healthier, heartier meals, you’ll need to know a few things about cooking.Basic Cooking For Dummies, Third Edition digs you out of microwave dinners and tipping delivery persons and propels you with all the ingredients you need toward becoming a superior home cook. This hands-on guide shows you the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests will love, from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters. You’ll be able to handle boiling, poaching, steaming, braising, grilling, and other essential techniques, making it easy to master:Stirring up sensational soupsPerfecting the art of the eggDressing up salads to impressCreating wonderful pasta dishesOne-stop one-pot mealsSatisfying your sweet tooth with dessertsCooking for your bossMaking the most of leftoversMeals for the most special occasionsPacked with over 150 tempting, hassle-free recipes that will satisfy every palette, as well as advice on supplying, organizing, and budgeting your kitchen, you’ll have all the know-how to become a culinary expert and possess the elusive key to anyone’s stomach!