6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
I love cookbooks, but I don't love them for the obvious reason. For me cookbooks are all about knowledge and inspiration rather than the recipes they contain. For me the recipes are the dessert, while the expertise and insight of the author are the main course. I don't so much want to learn merely the how, but primarily the what and why of the dishes. I also want the back-story and I want to be pushed to explore new techniques and try new things.
That's a tall order, and this cookbook does all of the above.
Given my criteria for a great cookbook, there are relatively few that fit my niche. When you add the fact that I'm all about hearty, rustic, and unpretentious "real people" food, it's even harder for a cookbook to fall into my sweet spot.
Let me just cut right to the bottom line and say that the Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook is simply outstanding. The range of dishes, stories and incredible photography are a serious treasure for cooks that appreciate authentic heart-felt food from an inspiring chef.
In addition to the authentic and inspiring recipes, the book includes a bunch of great stories from Chef Lou. They aren't just filler, but, rather, they give you a glimpse into the heart that goes into the food.
If you appreciate great authentic down-home unpretentious-yet-classy food made from the heart, get a copy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
The first four recipes we have tried are all excellent. We have made the "New Mexico Pork and Green Chile Stew", "West Texas Venison Chili", "Slow-Smoked Pork Butt with Vinegar Barbecue Sauce" and "Stacked Chili Con Carne Enchiladas with Fried Eggs". All have been good eating and pleased all four members of my family. I have read several other recipes we will be trying soon. We have not tried the vegetable or salad dishes yet, but they look interesting. There are also several ideas to be gleaned from both the recipes and anecdotes. I recommend this cookbook if you like Texas/Southwest/Mexican food in general or are looking for an introduction to those styles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
This was a great cook book! Lambert's stories are very interesting to read along with the recipes and the recipes are fantastic! Has a true feel for Texas cuisine. Definitely purchase this! Food that husbands will definitely love!