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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes!
I highly recommend this book (my primary resource) as well as Pam Anderson's "How to Cook Without A Book" - the pan sauces alone make that one a worthwhile purchase.
For the awesomest apple pie, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and mashed potatoes you'll ever make, try her other book, The Perfect Recipe.
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 29 days ago 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 12 months ago 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 14 months ago 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
I am a huge cookbook maven. I have hundreds, some good ones and some were a waste of money. This is easily in my top 10 of cookbooks. Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by C. Gaddis
i recently wrote a review about chicken chili and am sorry i wrote it. i gave an opinion of a recipe i found in the newspaper and not from her book. Read morePublished on January 28, 2003 by diane silverman