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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2007
If you like cooking and/or Michael Chiarello, this is a great book to add to your collection. Much of the material was actually produced not too long after his tenure at Napa wine country's marvelous Tra Vigne, where he built the restaurant's excellent reputation as its chef before moving on to his current interests. As a result, there are a lot of references to Tra Vigne and his experiences there peppered throughout. That is not a bad thing; just a point to be aware of as, although this joint edition of "Oils and Vinegars" (formerly produced as 2 seperate books) predates his later cookbooks even thought it has a later publication date.

Anyway, if you are interested in making and cooking with your own infused oils and vinegars, he has demystified this and made it very accessible and user-friendly - something basically anyone can do at home without a lot of special equipment. His directions on process are right to the point and spare....just the info that is needed to do this succussfully based on his very estimed experience. His info on vinegar making is scattered throughout the various topical sections on vinegar and is sufficient to help you get it; if you want a serious artisan treatise on how to make and age fine vinegars, this is not the book and you would be better going to one of the early Chez Panisse cookbooks in which Alice Water's partner (sorry, I forget which one but I think it is the Chez P. Cafe cookbook...or else the Chez P. "Menus") provides such an in-depth artisan instruction on vinegar making using little oak casks and such that it frankly scared me away! That is why I say that Michael Chiarello's material in these volume is very accessible, practical and useful, oh, and a bit fun as well!

There are some very excellent recipes here as well, although if you want a recipe goldmine, go to his "NapaStyle" website (an unbelievably rich recipe resource!), or, buy his other cookbooks, all of which are among my favorites in my rather huge cookbook collection. Didn't rate this book a 5 (although I was tempted) only because I felt that he could have dug just a tad deeper in a few areas (herbal vinegars, for instance, but what he does provide works!) and I am not so sure that overall the info/contents are as well organized as they could be. That said....it is worth the buy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2008
All the recipes you will need for making infused oils and vinegars. Recipes for the application of the oils and vinegars are also included. While some of these recipes may be a bit highbrow for the common palate, just looking them over will give you endless ideas for your own creations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2008
I recently bought the infused oils and vinegars book and it has great easy to make recipes to making your own infused oils, i did however find it very hard to read, it didn't have a good flow to it, so you really had to scan each page to find what you were looking for. however the recipes, once found, are really easy and really tasty.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2006
If you have many cookbooks, you are probably looking for unusual things, and this fits the bill. The price is reasonable, and you'll find at least a few infused recipes you like. If you've ever seen Chiarello's show "Easy Entertaining" on Food Network you know that he really uses his own recipes to add layers of flavor and subtle hints to his dishes. I recommend this book, but only if you're seriously into cooking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 7, 2014
A slick publication with plenty of photos and tasteful recipes for some creative dishes . The recipes for actually making infused flavored oils and vinegars are few but all the different recipes using these flavored oils and vinegars makes up for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
Great book, love that I can now make flavored oils and vinegars without paying the prices charged at gourmet cooking shops.
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on August 7, 2013
Excellent book, has in depth information on the subject of infused oils and vinegars along with recipes for their use. It was in excellent shape when I received it.
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on September 19, 2013
I am a fan of Chiarello, and I like using infused oils and vinegars. Good recipes, good information. Probably not for novice cooks, but then, give it a try anyway.
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on January 17, 2014
I work in an olive oil and vinegar store and this book is prefect for our customers to gather additional ideas from. Recipes are easy to follow! Love this book!
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on December 31, 2012
Gave this book as a holiday gift along with a selection of infused oils and flavored vinegars. The recipes looked like they would be easy and tasty.
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