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    blake murphy Guest

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    my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't think
    he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book covering
    the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.

    your pal,
    blake

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    Lin Guest

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    blake murphy wrote:

    > my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    > my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't think
    > he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book covering
    > the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    > than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    > with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.


    We have Barbara Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet." Ours is the original
    hardback version, but I see there is a version that is somewhat updated
    (1998), in paperback at Amazon for $16.

    --Lin

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    Theron Guest

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    "Lin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1d9a6$49ac37fe$453e8ce6$[email protected]. .
    > blake murphy wrote:
    >
    >> my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    >> my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't
    >> think
    >> he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book
    >> covering
    >> the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    >> than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    >> with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.

    >
    > We have Barbara Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet." Ours is the original hardback
    > version, but I see there is a version that is somewhat updated (1998), in
    > paperback at Amazon for $16.
    >
    > --Lin


    I think Barbara Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet" is the best, if not the only,
    really good cookbook on microwave cooking. She covers the basics in the
    beginning of the book. I suspect most don't know that you cook fat at a much
    lower setting than water. Fat absorbs microwave energy more than water does.
    Most valuable is the last 100+ pages dedicated to each ingredient.

    Ed




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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    blake murphy wrote:
    > my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    > my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't think
    > he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book covering
    > the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    > than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    > with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    I had this one way back when I got my first "Radar Range" in 1980. It
    was an excellent book. It may be a little dated, but they are so cheap...

    http://tinyurl.com/delq3l

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    Jean B. Guest

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    Janet Wilder wrote:
    > blake murphy wrote:
    >> my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    >> my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't
    >> think
    >> he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book
    >> covering
    >> the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    >> than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    >> with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.
    >>
    >> your pal,
    >> blake

    >
    > I had this one way back when I got my first "Radar Range" in 1980. It
    > was an excellent book. It may be a little dated, but they are so cheap...
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/delq3l


    In conjunction with the book, this site will probably come in handy:

    http://www.microwavecookingforone.com/Charts/

    Note that they initially assume one is converting from 700 watts.
    If that is not the case (meaning if Kafka was using a more- or
    less-powerful oven), click on Requested Special Conversion Charts.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Dimitri Guest

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    "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    > my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't think
    > he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book covering
    > the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    > than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    > with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    Step 1

    Have your dad Read the instruction book cover to cover and make notes of any
    questions.

    Step 2

    Unless you have a microwave purchased for yourself in the past few years
    you'll need to do the same.

    Step 3

    The newest microwaves are usually 1 button operations as example push
    reheat. That's it. Or push the popcorn button once for the large size a
    second time for a 3 oz pack and a third time for the 1.75 ounce pack

    In addition they use a heat sensor ( I suspect it is IR).

    Unless the cookbook has been updated it's going to be of no use.

    Most of the newer models also have several programs which make time cooking
    difficult at best and impossible under normal circumstances.


    Dimitri



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    Giusi Guest

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    "Lin" ha scritto nel messaggio
    > blake murphy wrote:
    >
    >> my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i
    >> bought> my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i
    >> don't think>> he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good,
    >> basic book covering
    >> the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less>>
    >> than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick
    >> around>> with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be
    >> welcome.

    >
    > We have Barbara Kafka's "Microwave Gourmet." Ours is the original >
    > hardback version, but I see there is a version that is somewhat updated
    > (1998), in paperback at Amazon for $16.
    >
    > --Lin


    I second Lin's notion. Kafka shows you that you can really cook in a
    microwave.



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    blake murphy Guest

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    On Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:47:34 -0800, Dimitri wrote:

    > "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> my apologies for bringing up what surely is not a new topic, but i bought
    >> my dad a microwave for christmas, and he would like a book. i don't think
    >> he intends to cook much using it, but is there a good, basic book covering
    >> the fundamentals? (apparently the instructions with the oven were less
    >> than satisfying.) he does realize that he will just have to dick around
    >> with it some, but any insights here on a basic book would be welcome.
    >>
    >> your pal,
    >> blake

    >
    > Step 1
    >
    > Have your dad Read the instruction book cover to cover and make notes of any
    > questions.
    >
    > Step 2
    >
    > Unless you have a microwave purchased for yourself in the past few years
    > you'll need to do the same.
    >
    > Step 3
    >
    > The newest microwaves are usually 1 button operations as example push
    > reheat. That's it. Or push the popcorn button once for the large size a
    > second time for a 3 oz pack and a third time for the 1.75 ounce pack
    >
    > In addition they use a heat sensor ( I suspect it is IR).
    >
    > Unless the cookbook has been updated it's going to be of no use.
    >
    > Most of the newer models also have several programs which make time cooking
    > difficult at best and impossible under normal circumstances.
    >
    > Dimitri


    well, he wanted something as small as possible, so that limited things a
    little. i ended up getting a 0.7 cubic foot oster:

    <http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8739626&type=product&id=12026489 86925&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=8739626 >

    ....which apparently has some pre-set functions. (i wasn't there when he
    opened the box.) he seems to like it; the old lady won't go near it, so
    far. (they finally set up the mr. coffee-type coffee machine i gave them
    christmas before last the day before this christmas, and he seems to like
    that, too. but he must have seen similar machines at work. she's 89, he's
    87.)

    thanks, dimitri, and also lin, theron, guisi, janet and jean. i will look
    into the kafka book. (o.k., just looked. maybe i'll get myself a copy,
    too.)

    your pal,
    blake

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