Part troubleshooter, part culinary encyclopedia, this is an all-purpose, easy-to-use guide for the home cook that answers both basic and complex questions on food and cooking. Have you ever wondered what was the secret to a perfect omelet, what a double boiler was, or simply wanted to know what makes chocolate bittersweet? This book provides the answers to all these questions and more. Part troubleshooter, part culinary encyclopedia, and always a fun and fascinating read, "The Ingredients of a Good Cook" provides both beginning and experienced home cooks with the essential information they need, right at their fingertips. Designed to be used as an everyday food and cooking reference, the book clarifies unfamiliar terms and explains the logic behind recipe directions.