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Buy this only for ideas, not for clear cooking directions
on August 18, 2011
I have to admit there are some good ideas in this cookbook. However, ideas aren't enough for a person unless they already know plenty about southern cooking. I have a difficult time believing that most of the people who gave this book 5 stars actually used the book. Almost every recipe I've used has issues, whether ingredients are listed without instructions for use, or are vague/unclear. Also, cook times are not listed. This book is VERY poorly edited.
Here are just a few examples of the incongruencies I encountered while using this book:
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
The ingredient list says to use "Several stalks of celery" which is vague. It also lists "1 bunch parsley, chopped," but the cooking instructions fail to say what to do with it.
The only spice listed for this recipe is cayenne. The outcome would be bland and not very cajun without cajun seasoning.
Fried Chicken Tofu
"Heat oil in skillet. (I think an electric skillet works best with the temperature set at about 300F)" What about those of us (most cooks who need to use a cookbook) who do not use an electric skillet?
Great Smoky Mountains Green Beans
The ingredient list requires beans, mustard, sesame oil, cloves, miso, and plums. The cooking instructions require beans, miso, tomato, and onions. What was I supposed to do with the mustard, sesame oil, cloves and plums, and why weren't tomato and onions listed in the ingredient list?
Aunt Sukie's Collard Greens
Calls for Lemon juice or vinegar, doesn't say how much or what to do with it!
Also note this: Out of 19 five-star ratings this book currently has on Amazon, 8 of those reviews were submitted by individuals have reviewed only this book. Fishy!