hey, so after my boyfriend admitted he knows *nothing* about technique when it comes to cooking, i thought that a good present for him for the holidays would be one or two books on technique. i did some searching on chowhound and after reading a lot of opinions pretty much settled on getting him jacques pepin's complete techniques and tom colicchio's think like a chef, if that's not too redundant. i was also thinking of possibly getting him an asian cookbook.
however... i asked his sister for advice and she reminded me how short his attention span can be. if it's something he's enthusiastic about, he can be quite a voracious reader. however, i'm afraid that books won't completely keep his attention.. i glanced through the complete techniques and have gotten the sense from people as well that it might be more of a resource than something to curl up with while drinking hot cocoa next to the fireplace. is this untrue? and more importantly, should i get him some sort of multimedia resource additionally or instead? or should i pray he reads the books, and comandeer them for my own when i move in with him, whether or not he actually reads them?