It's eclectic, beautiful and simple. A good one to pull down when you need some inspiration or just don't want to think! An important thing for a mother of two!
I don't think this book should be just limited to organic cooks, but I hope it will create a few converts. It is a wonderful resource. I especially like to reference before I go to the farmers market. I get an idea of what to look for, what will be in season, and some great ideas on how to prepare it.
I have wanted this book for a long time and I just finally found one on sale at Sur Le Table. So excited! This is exactly what I need. I sometimes find it hard to plan a menu ahead because I don't know what will be fresh at the local market. But with this book I can start with whatever is fresh or inspiring and find the perfect compliment. This is really a book for those who like to "experiment" in the kitchen.
My husband brought this book into our marriage and I tried to use it, but just never got attached. Maybe it's because I was already defaulting to my Joy of Cooking, but I found the recipes un-inspiring. I love simple, but this one just didn't work for me.
I was given this as a wedding gift many (many) years ago. I would pull it off the shelf at least once a week looking for something to make. I think in 9 years, I have only found one recipe that I actually used. But I have friends who swear by it.
This is definitely and encyclopedia and should be treated as one. I don't know that I would call this a cookbook, but a wonderful and most exhaustive resource anyone can have. It assumes the reader has a certain amount of culinary expertise. I would recommend it for those who love to research their recipes, but not those looking for a follow the steps cookbook.
I love this book. It is so much more than a cookbook, but a whole way of life! I could not put it down and laughed out loud with the turkey antics. But I also find it very helpful for the basic recipes for everyday life and good canning recipes that are hard to find! This book inspired me to plant an early spring garden (lettuce, kales, parsley, onions and garlic) this year. Can't wait for my tomatoes to come in!
- KateS voted for the following inTue 20 Apr 2010 17:51:02 GMT
I just got this book today and I am already halfway through it. I love the history as well as the recipes. I haven't got to try any recipes yet, but already have plans for the chocolate almond torte minestrone soup. There is much familiarity in it's and my California-Italian roots.
While I still find this cookbook a little intimidating, I find myself dreaming about it at night. thinking "that's what I want to make when I grow up." While many of the recipes are very straight forward and delicious, I am still gathering my courage to attempt the wonderful pasta recipes.
This is my go to book when I am dealing with a new ingredient. While I rarely make any of the recipes exactly (OK I adapt the heck out of them), I reach for it almost daily when I forget how long to cook the butternut squash or what to pair with parsnips.
I feel this is just a must for basic cooking techniques. It helps to create a flow from garden, to kitchen, to table in our home. It's an invaluable reference for me without a lot of clutter.
- KateS voted for the following inWed 24 Mar 2010 02:14:31 GMT
This cookbook has become the backbone of my kitchen. It is the only cook book that I own where I do NOT change the recipes. Although I do find myself regularly making a large pot of white beans to make variations of Giant Crusty and Creamy White Beans, with what ever fresh greens, onions, leeks, , squash, etc. are in the fridge. Also, the Golden -Crusted Brussels Sprouts are served almost nightly in our house during the winter months.