Here’s a cookbook for the person who wants to cook but can barely boil water, who enters the kitchen only with caution and despite dire predictions of disaster by family and friends. Kim Upton is coming to the rescue with amazingly simple skills for culinary success and mouthwatering recipes that anyone can master. Her incredible “Techniques” section teaches all the basics: it’s like a series of private cooking lessons. Novices who work their way from A (aerating) to Z (zesting) will have an excellent base from which to create almost any dish. Learn blanching by making Peach Crostata; mincing by preparing Pasta with Garlic and Bacon; and roasting by whipping up Rosemary Chicken. To top it off, there’s advice on kitchen essentials and entertaining tips.