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This book provides good instruction for the beginning chef, demonstrating how to use the basic techniques to perfect one's own recipe. But there is a lot to read, so be warned. This book is a time commitment if attempting to read cover to cover, and it doesn't necessarily work in the real-time experience of looking and cooking. However, if you're searching for a collection of great, gourmet-style recipes for home-cooked favorites, CookSmart is a pretty wise choice. --Teresa Simanton
I have two other Pam Anderson cookbooks, and loved them. Her recipes are perfectly seasoned and prepared. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara Chaisson
I bought this book some time back but hadn't used it. So I got it out again looking for something new to try. Frankly a whole salmon for a crowd? Ribs that take hours? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alice Todd
This, along with the Perfect Recipe, are my go-to cookbooks. Pam's explanations illustrate that she has done all the trial and error, so you don't have to. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by KAT
First off, I am a 55 year old Male. I like to cook, but I am not skilled in any way. I look at cooking as if it was a science. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Barney Rubble
I truly enjoy Pam Anderson's recipes, which are always a hit with family and friends. I particularly love her waffles. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by M. Mauch
I am a good cook who also appreciates the reasons why something does or doesn't work, so the format of the book appealed to me. My first run was with the 90-minute pot roast. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by anon
This book is so informative. I love the research and detailed instructions. I highly recommend it.Published on August 30, 2008 by Patricia Johnson
This is a very unusual cookbook. For each recipe, there's a few pages about experiments she did to come up with the final recipe. Read morePublished on September 18, 2006 by Nancy L. Sexton