Learn the Basics in Home Cooking

Don’t know what you’re doing in the kitchen? Then Southern Livings Home Cooking Basics is for you! I know it is for me, that’s for sure!

This book has just what it says, the basics, from the set up, the ingredients, the prep, methods and finally some recipes. Cause you have to know all the basic stuff before you can start on the recipes, right?

The Set Up section explains all the necessary cookware, bake ware, knives and other tools you need. There is even a section telling you how to set a proper table. There are beautiful pictures of everything throughout the book.

Ingredients go over every spice, salt, vinegar, oils and grains you can think of and more. I never knew there were so many kinds of corn, nuts and cheeses.

The Prep section explains every technique possible and then some. I never knew how to seed a cucumber, but now I do!! Instructions on how to zest a lemon are there too! I just recently learned this when I made desserts.

Many Methods are explained such as how to grill, saute, steam and “basic” ones like how to bake and boil. While explaining the different methods, recipes are included.

There are so many recipes to choose from, but since I love breakfast so much, I thought I would share a breakfast recipe.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Sausage and Cheese Frittata
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
  • 1 (12 oz) package reduced-fat ground pork sausage
  • 8 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded 2% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Brown sausage in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink;drain and transfer to a bowl. Wipe skillet clean.
  2. Whisk together eggs and next three ingredients until well blended.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; remove from heat and pour half of egg mixture into skillet. Sprinkle with cooked sausage and cheese. Top with remaining egg mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes or until set.




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  1. I love cook books like this, it’s imporant to start with the basics!

  2. I should get this for sister-in-law 🙂

  3. That cookbook looks fantastic! I like how they include things like how to properly set a table, so few know how to do that anymore. Thanks! I’m getting that book!

  4. That recipe looks delish!

  5. I need this book. Thank you for the review!

  6. Wow those fritatas look awesome – sounds like this book has an easy to follow recipe pattern…I will have to look into it! Thanks for the review

  7. I could definitely benefit from this cookbook!

  8. I grew up with Southern Living magazine and cookbooks.This looks like another good one!

  9. love simple recipes! perfect cookbook for gift giving!

  10. Sounds like a book I need to get my hands on. That recipe sounds delicious too.

  11. The recipes sound awesome!

  12. I would love to read through this book

  13. Sounds like a great book!

  14. I’ve always wanted some kind of “basics” book like this!

  15. I need the basics when it comes to bread and pie crust

  16. The recipe sounds yummy!

  17. That frittata looks yummy!

  18. This sounds yummy!! I need to check into that recipe book!!