- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Boston Common Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933615605
- ISBN-13: 978-1933615608
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And I do enjoy the "use it up" section, as mentioned in another review. It's nice to not have to come up with something on my own to use up half a can of this or 2/3 jar of that. I can just go to that section, look up whatever it is I have leftover ingredients for, and see the list of recipes that include that ingredient, in that amount.
I really like the section that has a main recipe (like Roast chicken) and two or three additional recipes to use the leftover meat. I like that it tells you how much to portion out for those additional recipes in the initial recipe. I need straight-forward directions like that. :) The chicken turned out very tasty by the way!
Anyway, it's beautifully layed out, although they could have done a slightly better job in the tips, directing a reader/cook to where the notes are, when they mention "see note". Sometimes the note they are referring to in a tip is a few pages away. But that's being picky.
This book does more than just cut the great recipes down that you would normally find on the website. This is a collection, completely re-engineered by the Test Kitchen to make a phenomenal dish for you plus one. It still carries the air that you may already be familiar with as well -- explanations of WHY you are doing things; addressing issues when recipes are cut down -- if you are an avid fan of the brand. Similarly, you can always count on the recipes in here being absolutely bulletproof. Some of the best meals I have ever made, or eaten for that matter, have come from this cookbook and/or brand.
But it just doesn't stop there. It addresses one of my major complaints about cooking smaller meals: often, you are left with ingredients that are slightly obscure and have no idea what to do with them. But they've even thought of that. At the beginning of the book (and often after recipes), you will find recipes and a cross-reference guide on what to do with that 1/2 an onion left over from last night's dinner.
I have no connection to the brand, mind you. I am just an avid fan. I recommend this cookbook to anyone that it could possibly apply to. If you don't have a small army to feed, are tired of wasting food, and want one of the best cookbooks money can buy, purchase this TODAY!
But I mostly purchased this book for the baking section, where I had hoped to get some good "small version" desserts and baked goods recipes. I even bought "mini" pans of various sizes and shapes, called for in the book. But not only was the selection of desserts/baked goods really limited, I've made several of them now and they have all been disappointing, some even being thrown right in the trash.
Also, I have the CI "Best Recipes" cookbook, and a lot of information was simply carried over from that book to this one, which was irritating.
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Got this the other day, THICK book, TONS of recipes, has a lot of everything that you may need. Really looking forward to trying it all out!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
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