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Great read, but use common sense
on August 30, 2000
This book is a great, entertaining read, and it gives a lot of good information regarding technique. However, I tend to use the recipes themselves as "ideas" rather than follow the recipes to the letter. Some of the ingredient quantites seem almost absurd. For example, a recipe for pepper-crusted steak with blue cheese butter calls for 1 cup (!) of cracked black pepper and and a half-cup of kosher salt for 4 steaks. Use a little common sense, adjust the recipes accordingly, and you'll get good results.