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Great Book, Horrible CulinarE-Companion
on March 1, 2010
I got this book for my wife. She first saw the 6th edition when she took a 15 week-long course at the local college, and wanted this version to compliment what she had learned in the course.
The book itself is quite thorough, and she really likes it. On it's own the book scores 5 stars! The promoted CulinarE-Companion software that replaces the CD in older version of this book is horrible to nonexistent! The book was published on January 19th, and the "software" is only now showing up on the publisher's site (March 1st), and it doesn't even work!! Don't forget, this "College Version" costs more because of this "software".
This is extremely unprofessional. I had to contact the publisher when the software wasn't available on the site, and it took them a couple of weeks to get something online. The problem is they seem to have wanted to save some money by not including a CD with this edition, but instead they run a Flash-based application from their site. You need to register with the site, enter the registration code that comes on a card included with the book (in place of the CD in older editions), then you get access to a Flash page that doesn't even work!
I'm strongly encouraged to return this version, and buy the standard edition for less (it is only available on the Amazon.ca site, and no longer available on the Amazon.com site). This is a real disappointment.
If you are interested in this book, and I strongly recommend it if you are serious about cooking, then get yourself the standard edition and don't be fooled into paying $10-$20 more for the promise of software that does not even exist.