With this visual handbook it will become a piece of cake for the inquisitive foodie and hobby chef to cook up the most incredible plates and mouth-watering dishes. Hotelschool Spermalie is a well established culinary institute, with this expert compilation they aim to make high level cooking available to everyone. 250 culinary techniques and basics are explained and brought to life in 130 step-by-step recipes, from scrumptious starters to sweet treats. Laid out as a cooking course, the first part of the book deals with the basic techniques used in the ‘cold kitchen’ - from the perfect chopping and filleting techniques to making pasta and blanching tomatoes - and delivers top recipes putting the mastered knowledge into action. When sufficiently skilled in the basics, it is time to turn up the heat and to look into the more advanced, gastronomic fish recipes, exquisite game dishes and heavenly desserts. Again, one learns the tricks of the trade and the chef’s secrets. Poaching, boiling, steaming, stewing, braising, roasting, grilling or baking – this book delivers it all. This culinary bible is a practical and imaginative book, created to encourage budding cooks to have the confidence to be master of the kitchen.