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Good Eating's Best of the Best: Great Recipes of the Past Decade from the Chicago Tribune Test Kitchen Paperback – August 9, 2011
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The single most basic requirement for any cookbook is the ability to find the recipe that you want quickly and easily when you want it. This is something that all too many Kindle cookbook authors forget and the editors who assembled this book are no exception to that. Instead of presenting all of the recipes in an individual link in a Table of Contents that correctly interfaces with the Kindle Navigation Menu, they have chosen to present only sections - Starters, Meat, Poultry, etc. - with a further Table of Contents at the beginning of each section. Since no single section contains more than a dozen recipes and most far fewer, this is entirely unnecessary. All it does is make things harder to find for the user. There is an index in the very back of the book, but very few Kindles include such a thing and no one would ever think to look for it, even if there was an easy link to get there.
The book layout isn't horrible, but it could be better. Many full-color pictures most Kindle users will not be able to see anyway have been included, increasing the file size greatly. Most of the time those pictures are just enough too big that they end up introducing spare blank pages and lots of extra white space. Only rarely do the pictures appear on the same page as the title of the recipe that they represent. To be honest, Grandma is more than a little bit surprised that quite obviously the designer didn't bother to spring for a $79 Kindle in order to look at the book as readers would see it.Read more ›
Recipe Categories include:
Seafood and Fish
Pasta and Rice
Salads and Sides
In each category you'll find 6 to 12 recipes that are easy to follow and include prep time, cooking time, number of servings, ingredient list, step-by-step instructions, nutritional information and a brief intro indicating a bit about how the Chicago Tribune's test kitchen got the recipe or where it appeared.
Recipes like Tarragon Egg Salad could become a weekly favorite, but Lobster and Grits might be something saved for a special occasion.
I expected to see more recipes in each category, but the recipes that were chosen are good and have the beginner to intermediate cook in mind. The ingredients are all easily obtained at your local market, and some recipes contain notes from the writers regarding specific ingredients; suggesting variations and/or sharing information about an ingredient.
I wish that there were photos for each recipe, but alas, no such luck! There are a few photos though, and they are attractive and worthy of salivation.
I would debate if these recipes would make everyone's 'best of the best' list, but maybe they are Good Eating's Best of the Best? My suggestion would be that if the price is right, give it a try. If not, check out the Chicago Tribune's 'Good Eating' section under 'Living'. You'll probably find these recipes eventually, and a few not included in the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best recipes from the Chicago Tribune. You can't go wrong with these recipes.Published 5 months ago by frugalFL
This is great nostalgic cookbook! Many items to choose from to fit any palate. Recipes are easy to make and tasty.Published 23 months ago by Bernard R. Bossert Jr.
Excellent book. Full of good ideas and recipes. Perfect for those that want to change their diet up with different cuisines.Published on April 1, 2014 by Kcwonan1
This cookbook includes pictures, a table of contents, and nutrition information. Variety of recipes including starters, meat, poultry, seafood and fish, pasta, rice, salads, sides,... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Di
I really need to find some time to cook! These recipes have my mouth watering, and I just ate dinner.Published on January 15, 2014 by Bratty_me27
This book is for the adventurous eater. Since I would never eat these recipes I won't make them. If you have an advanced pallet this is for youPublished on November 22, 2013 by Hdimatteo
Love all cookbook and it great to have them on the kindle because I do not lose them, Great Recipes, Great bookPublished on November 19, 2013 by Linda R. Roberts