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Big Food: Amazing ways to cook, store, freeze, and serve everything you buy in bulk Paperback – July 28, 2005
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Now the downside of the cookbook: there are no pictures. I always think it adds to the validity of a cookbook especially to have pictures of the author, recipes, and such. The other downside is the first 30 pages of the cookbook are just verbiage. The author tells stories about her childhood, how her grandparents purchased their groceries, equipping your kitchen and whatnot. Not necessarily useful information as far as a cookbook is concerned. Also, it's a little hard to read because the ink is blue and in several places it's also printed on blue background so it's very hard to read in those sections. You need good light.
Nevertheless I think this is a great cookbook. It provides a lot of useful information for those who are costco junkies! ha-ha.
I really like the Big Food Action Chart which helps match the food I have on hand with the recipes needing those ingredients. This is the book for anyone who hates to see those outdated supplies clogging up their pantry shelves and hates, even more, throwing such stuff away.
I am not sure that this cookbook is a great way of dealing with it, though.
The "good until" dates seem to be very conservative indeed; a well-packed and frozen piece of meat is good for only 3 months??? REALLY??? because that is just nuts. Similarly with butter being good for only a week or so in the fridge. I could go on, but while I'm sure these criteria are safe- they are also VERY conservative, in that properly prepped stuff lasts a lot longer than said.
I'd hoped for more recipes that let me make stuff and freeze it for future, totally easy use. Like- making a lasagna and freezing it. This cookbook doesn't do that; it's more about immediate uses of whatever huge quantities one has purchased. For me, that is not all that practical an approach.
I am probably not the ideal customer for this; we get most of our meat from a local farm rather than BJs, and similar with other things. That's why I'd hoped for more focus on making freezer-ready dishes, to be hauled out and cooked easily and quickly.
I just spent 11 days making dinner and lunches out of a 15-pound turkey, so I know how to use every last bit. This bookd was not as helpful as I'd hoped in expanding my skills thus.
But- if you are NOT "ganging up" on cooking now- it could be a great help! For many years I'd make some kind of roast weekly, and use the rest in soups and stews and other things during the rest of the week, and this cookbook is in tune with that approach.