"When the Cook Can’t Look helps the aspiring cook overcome feelings of helplessness by showing that creative use of other senses (like smell and touch) can effectively compensate for diminished eyesight. Mr. Read’s style makes the lessons simple for the sightless listener to remember after just one or two readings.
The first part of the book presents kitchen techniques such as lighting the stove and oven and measuring liquid and dry goods... The second part tells how to apply these techniques to preparing all meals (graded as levels one to three in difficulty) from breakfast to dinner... Departing from the usual cookbook format of ingredient lists and step-by-step procedures, Ralph Read’s cooking handbook weaves ingredients in with the instructions in a narrative form that is far easier for the blind cook to recall. The author also takes care to clue the sighted reader into the blind person’s world and suggests ways to participate with the blind in daily life." (Excerpt from MaryAnn Miano's article in The Journal NJ)