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Book: How To Cook In A Jiffy Even If You Have Never Boiled An Egg Before by Prasenjeet Kumar

Book: How To Cook In A Jiffy Even If You Have Never Boiled An Egg Before by Prasenjeet Kumar

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Prasenjeet Kumar

Author Prasenjeet Kumarabout this book: My first stint with cooking began when I had to go to London to pursue a Law degree from University College London. I was living in a Hall of residence in my first year which did not serve any meals during weekends. I was 20 years old then and like any other happy go lucky man, I didn't know any cooking. However, I had to experiment and learn cooking quite the hard way as simply surviving on salads and sandwiches from supermarkets left me pale, skinny, and quite undernourished. The surprising part was that when I finally learnt cooking, I started enjoying it.

In writing this Book, the audience I had in my mind were those countless students, newly employed people, single moms or dads who were, quite like me, didn't know how to boil (and peel) an egg properly and genuinely needed to learn cooking from scratch. I strongly believe that you are doing a great disservice to your body if you don't cook, and instead try to survive on takeaways, factory-made sandwiches or instant noodles (including the ones that you don't even need to boil). As the title and the sub-title of my e-Book suggests, this book is for anyone and everyone who wishes to learn about the magical art of cooking even if he or she has never boiled an egg before.

While most student cookbooks that I have come across are very well written and indeed helpful, the places where my book scores over other "How To" cookbooks, I think, is first, the perspective of the bumbling and harassed student that I bring forth based on my own first-hand experiences of surviving in London for over four years. The second is the manner in which I describe a step by step "graduation" process where you start with some very basic cooking techniques such as how to break, poach, fry, boil (and peel) an egg, then learn how to handle chicken, vegetables and fish and only after that "graduate" to making such "complicated" recipes as cheese omelette, vegetables au gratin, baked chicken or French Onion Soup.

I have yet to come across a student cookbook that addresses the issue of creating a full meal in a short span of time (at least to my knowledge). So, the third USP (unique selling proposition) of my book is that it teaches the concept of "sequencing and parallel processing" in cooking that should enable busy people to create a 3-4 course meal in less than 30 minutes.

It took me nearly three months to complete this Book. A lot of people spend money on editing, proof reading, formatting and cover designing. I, however, decided to be very frugal for this first venture of mine and relied on my friends, family members and some freely available online resources for all these "chores". There are, for example, a number of YouTube video tutorials that can provide you with some extremely useful information regarding e-Book formatting and uploading your e-Book on various platforms. Learning e-Book formatting does take some time but after that the actual formatting process was quite a breeze. For the cover page, I'm grateful to William King's blog (he too is an author and you may want to google him) who gives some excellent tips on how to create a beautiful cover art using Microsoft's Power Point that at least I was quite familiar with in my earlier corporate avatar. I also used CreateSpace Cover Creator which actually has lots of beautiful templates to choose from. You can upload your picture, fill in your details (title, book description, about the Author info, etc) and you get a beautiful cover. But use CreateSpace's print book cover templates. The choice of templates for print books is more than e-books. Once you have made a cover for your print book, you can upload the thumbnail for your e-book.

In my limited experience, therefore, if you are an author and on a tight budget, you don't really need to spend too much money on editing, formatting, proof reading and cover designing. You can easily learn and overcome all these "hurdles". It may be a little time consuming but an Author already spends a lot of time creating an e-Book, so why not make a little more effort to learn formatting and cover designing! You only need to learn these skills once.

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