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Shame on you, Houghton-Mifflin!
on July 28, 2002
I am probably the No. 1 fan of Pam Anderson's previous book, The Perfect Recipe. I have made many of the recipes and they have all been outstanding. So the minute I heard she had a new book out, I got right on the computer and ordered it.
In the book's defense, I have not made any of the recipes yet. My gripe is with the layout and editing. Tonight, for instance, I am going to make the Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary-Orange Crust. One of the ingredients is Quick Brined Pork Tenderloins, the recipe for which is on a previous page. O.k., it's not my favorite thing in a cookbook, but not unusual. The instructions, however, refer me back to yet another page that features a recipe for a tenderloin with a different crust. In that recipe the meat is cooked over a gas fire. I am using charcoal. Which means I must refer to yet another page. That's 4 pages I now have to flip through! I'm tired before I've even begun! This just seems like a cheap way to save on pages. Why can't the recipes be presented in their entirety?
I also am not enjoying the design of the recipe pages with the very, very pale green alternating numbers. It just seems gimmicky and counter-productive.
Ms. Anderson, you are a genius and you deserve better than this from your publisher!