Sam Stern has made his name inspiring young people to cook since his bestselling first book Cooking Up A Storm, written when he was just 14 years old. His books have gone on to sell over 700,000 copies worldwide. Sam's latest book is for anyone making their first foray into the kitchen or for those wanting to take basic skills to the next level - a comprehensive and inspiring cookery course for students of all ages in the kitchen. Confidence in the kitchen comes with understanding - and this book explains everything about the equipment you need and the ingredients you use. Introductory pages to each chapter contain information, diagrams and step-by-step guides to everything from selecting cuts of meat and preparing fresh fish to basic baking techniques and cooking perfect rice. Each of these introductory sections will teach you an ingredient's 'friends' - so, mushrooms pair well with bacon and blue cheese. In this way, Sam will teach you the building blocks of cuisine and the secret to making food with great flavour. The recipes in this cookery course adopt the same building block approach. If you're starting from the very beginning, Sam teaches you how to boil, poach or scramble an egg, then make a simple omelette, frittata, or souffle. Learn how to master a tagliatelle ragu, for example, and you'll have added a classic lasagne to your culinary arsenal too. Master a classic white loaf and you'll soon be making homemade pizza. There are only so many meals you'll ever cook - let Sam show you how to make each one special. This book was previously published as From Virgin to Veteran: How to Get Cooking with Confidence 9781849491143
20-year-old Sam Stern has just finished a degree in Politics, Sociology and Business at Edinburgh University. He is also the author of 5 bestselling cookbooks which currently dominate the teenage market, and has been cooking for as long as he can remember. What started as a personal passion for cooking (and fierce kitchen competition with his older brother) turned into a mission to inspire his generation to cook. Cooking Up A Storm (2005), Real Food Real Fast (2006), Get Cooking (2007), Sam Stern's Student Cookbook (2008) and Eat Vegetarian (2010) were published by Walker Books to great critical acclaim while Sam was studying for his GCSE's and A levels. Cooking up a Storm has been translated into 14 languages. The books and associated activity have attracted global media attention and have given Sam a unique status as the voice for aspiring young cooks.