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Relatively few recipes; mostly stories about NM's premier chef
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!