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on March 27, 2009
This cookbook is a bit of a disappointment. Admittedly, I've only tried a couple of recipes in it so far, but that's largely because a) there really aren't a lot of recipes in this book and b) few of them sound very interesting (at least, compared to Bon Appetit's wonderful cookbook!). Many of the recipes are takes on old favorites, everything from coleslaw to minestrone to chicken a la king.

The book largely focuses on the career of head chef Helen Corbitt, who was brought on staff at NM's Dallas store in 1955. There are also many photos of Garvin's oft-noted cooking school of choice, the Culinary Institute of America, and flowery personal and professional reminiscences.

If you really love cooking and trying unusual recipes, this might be a good book to peruse in person before buying!
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on November 3, 2007
Delicious recipes, usually simple ingredients with a sophisticated twist. Macaroni and cheese with lobster tail. Homey and delicious while just out of the ordinary ingredient. Well written, mouth watering illustrations. The cinnamon roll recipe is the best I have ever used.
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It's attractive enough to be a coffee table book, but it's not. It's a solid cookbook with good, sometimes simple classic American recipes. To take one section, soups, there are recipes for tomato minestrone, New England fish chowder, cheese and ale soup, turkey soup, plus the best creamed pea soup I've ever tasted, very rich but very, very good: County Mayo Pea Soup. I've tried the recipe for Deviled Pecans -again good--and many of the salad and sandwich recipes deserve trying soon. I don't greatly like chicken drumsticks but, as the author of this attractive cookbook writes, no American cookbook would be complete without a recipe for fried chicken. I'll try it .... Some time. There are recipes for chicken a la king, turkey Tetrazini, creamy rice pudding, some scrumptious looking cookies, a hot tea and whiskey toddy. I'll be cooking my way through this book for a long time. All of the recipes are well laid out, easy to read and follow. The photographs of the finished products make my mouth water. Neiman Marcus's restaurants are known for good food. I can see why after reading this cookbook.
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on December 26, 2007
Neiman Marcus Taste is the most beautiful cookbook I own. Author and Chef Kevin Garvin does an amazing job of capturing the timeless recipes of Neiman Marcus. The recipes are easy for the every day cook to use. Garvin's narratives give the book a personal touch that makes the cookbook a pleasure to use.
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on November 11, 2007
Garvin is a CIA graduate and certainly qualified by education and years of experience in fine restaurants to write such a book. His descriptions of the recipes are clear and they make it easy for the home cook to prepare them. The pictures enhance the food appeal.
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on March 22, 2014
The book represents the store. Some great recipes and thoughts. Just a great book to look through too. It's fun.
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on February 20, 2015
This was a book that I checked out at our local library and found that there were so many recipes to copy so it made more sense to order the book. I am very pleased.
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on March 2, 2016
Great cook book. Loved the recipes and pictures were great too. Loved to just flip through it the night before and decide what I would make the next day. Love it!
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on February 2, 2015
Very good cookbook a real bargain. Beautiful pictures. Recipes are clear and easy to follow. Put off a bit because of cover picture but the recipes are very good.
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on February 9, 2013
Gained five pounds by reading it.
This is such a bunch of treats.
Needless Mark-Up does many
things well, but this os certainly
one of the best.
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