This book is a bible of essential kitchen tools and cooking techniques. The first section is a comprehensive guide to basic tools and equipment for the home kitchen, with special features explaining the differences among cookware materials and a primer on cutlery styles and uses. The second section contains more than 250 techniques that will help you accomplish tricky cooking tasks, such as cutting vegetables into a variety of shapes, boning and skinning a chicken breast, and filling and frosting a layer cake. Troubleshooting tips show what can go wrong and how to fix it without having to start again. Also included are more than 50 staple recipes, such as buttermilk pancakes, perfect poached salmon, classic roast chicken, and homemade chicken and beef stock.