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The Illustrated Kitchen Bible Hardcover – October 20, 2008

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Veteran UK cookbook author and caterer Blashford-Snell (Diva Cooking, One Year at Books for Cooks) shares over a thousand recipes in this colossal "category-killer" dedicated to everyday food. Given the full-color, highly-informative DK treatment, each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the finished dish as well as at-a-glance information boxes with serving yields and approximate times. Those intimidated by the kitchen will find help in clear but detailed steps and straightforward, illustrated instructions for techniques like cutting up a whole chicken, prepping artichokes and making sauces. Blashford-Snell's catering experience is on display in the book's imaginative appetizer and "party bites" section; Wild Mushroom Tartlets, Chicken Liver Pate, Herbed Shrimp and Goat Cheese Wraps and multiple riffs on Croustades, a bite-sized bread cup filled with various savory creations, are easy to prepare and surefire hits. Every food group and cuisine is represented-from bread-making to burger-grilling to pad thai to Chocolate Bavarian Creams-and it's rounded out with tips on making grilled sandwiches and omelets, "cooking for a crowd" and working with leftovers, making it a fine choice for a first cookbook. Once they're comfortable, cooks should be tempted from their comfort zone with tasty variations, making this a go-to staple and a volume to grow with.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756639743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By OP on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on Saturday and have spent no less than 5 hours devouring it. I am a visual when it comes to cookbooks and the fact that EVERY single recipe had a picture was almost enough to sell me on this book. It's really heavy but since I don't plan to cart it around daily that should be ok. I love the picture gallery of what's coming up in each section. It makes it really easy to scan, find something that looks good, and then head to that page so you don't always have to flip through the entire book. One of my favorite features is the Techniques section in the back. It's not one of those cookbooks where you will really never make anything. If you love to cook and are willing to experiment this is a keeper!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Mosby on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the wide variety of recipes in this book and most importantly the sections on food preparation techniques.The only downside is after making about 6-7 recipes from this book I've noticed some bland recipes and a few small printing errors. For example, the german apple cake didn't call for baking powder but in step 3 it states, "Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt." The cake was also too salty. Because I'm still learning to cook I still recommend it because the instructions, illustrations, and new recipes were really helpful for a beginner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Mord on April 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my sister-in-law after I had recieved it from a friend. I love this cookbook! There are appetizing pictures of every recipe, and directions on how to do things like pipe meringue in the back of the book. I've cooked about ten different things from this book and everything has been delicious. I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Bandy on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great cookbook that has all types of foods. It also has a section in the back that gives you alot of hints and how to's. It would specially be good for a new cook, but anyone who has been cooking for years can also profit by it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald P. Condit on May 14, 2009
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My Grand Daughter Came home one weekend from culinery school with this book she had checked out from the library and was really impressed with it. So as a gift I went on line to Amazom.com and bought her her own copy. Wow was I ever glad I did. This is now her favorite cooking book. She really rants and raves about how great this book is. I know if I would ack her she would recomend this book to anyone who likes cooking. It's full of helpfull hints, receipts, conversion tables and etc. This book would make a good text book for cooks. The book got to me way before delivery date. It's been a great experance for me, THANK YOU
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becka on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After realizing that almost every recipe I was drooling over on [...] came from this cookbook, I bought it and I'm so glad I did. There is a picture of every recipe, and although they are beautiful photographs, they are not intimidating. I'm also very pleased with the wide variety of cuisines represented, as well as useful tips for menus and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By greyXchinchilla on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this book with all my heart -- I am so happy I purchased it. I read it almost every day ... just for fun! The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are out of this world. So far I have tried a handful of them and they turned out great!! Buy this book!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on October 24, 2011
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I am 73 years young and I must have at least 50 or so cookbooks. Of all I have ever read, the Kitchen Bible is without a doubt, the best written cookbook ever. Its is clear, concise and totally practical.
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