I agree with the January 3, 2013, review of this book, and then some... I write for a living, and cook, and do a lot of other things...but most of all I write. And when I write, I write to my audience. I want the reader to walk away with something useful to them. Unfortunately, Ms. Druckman missed that mark.
I start with the positive aspects of my experience: I love the title, cover, and concept of this book. Ms. Druckman was on our local NPR station the day I ordered it. In the process of discovering my second profession, which includes the culinary arts, I ordered "Skirt Steak" while she was still on the radio. When I picked up the book a few days later I was settled in with a great glass of white wine, in front of a cozy fire, and a quiet house. Suffice it to say, I was poised to love this book - and I set it down after two chapters and have not picked it up since.
To begin with, the writing is that of an (almost) attorney. Very literal, overly descriptive, and written with an obvious intent to ensure that even a five year old understands her point(s). The demographic of Ms. Druckman's audience is relatively well educated, curious, with a fair amount of life experience under her/his belt...no need to explain the minutiae. I am also not a big fan of people who dwell on the negative. I don't want to be lied to but I most certainly appreciate some sense of humor, compassion, or tenderness (even when the going gets tough).
Again, I love the concept of this book but not the book itself. Maybe Ms. Druckman's next endeavor will hit that sweet spot where humor, intellect, and appreciation of ones audience meet.