I have been waiting what seems like...forever, for AB to put out a new cookbook. I dare say I would have put down the cold hard cash for the book sight unseen. And now I find out that this is the book, and all I get for the price of a "complete" cookbook is 10 new recipes? I don't think so, Mr. Brown. AB is going to have to do better than this to keep my interest. If he wants me to BUY a cookbook, I think he better WRITE a cookbook. I do admit though, that the title tells it all : Director's Cut. Just like Hollywood, which would rather rehash reruns disguised as "reimagined" creativity, AB thinks he can slap a new title on the same old/same old and get away with it. Not this time. I will put my hard earned dollars elsewhere, on any of the many new and COMPLETE cookbooks being released these next few months. I urge my fellow cookbook lovers to do the same, and take a peek at the new 10 recipes at any local library. I think AB needs to get the message that he needs to WORK to get money, and believe me, as far as my cash goes, he can take that message straight to the bank. I think I'll be buying Morgan Freeman's charity cookbook, since Grenada truly does need charity, and NOT AB.
Why is it "sad" that they feel that way? It is kind of pathetic that they release the same book, again, with a few new recipes added. I'm sure they are hoping a few undeducated comsumers who already own the first book will buy this again thinking it is a second volume. Yes, it is their responsibility to be educated consumers, but not everyone will do that, and people will be upset.
I bought AB's first book (and a kitchen gadget book I may add), but this wasn't really necessary. AB... please release a new recipe book. Or a new book on any kitchen-worthy topic.
I love ya AB... but please don't make me start double-dipping w/ cookbooks.
Funny... the term "double-dipping" does sound more appropriate in this setting than it does the DVD realm. But I digress.
I think IJHFTF:TDC is probably intended for people who came late to the Good Eats/Food Network party, and for foodies like me who otherwise hadn't yet sprung for the original book (I do own IJHFMF). A lot of popular books get released in second, third, etc. editions, although most usually don't come with extras. I guess I'm just not seeing the subterfuge...
As for double dipping, check out Cook's Illustrated ("New Best Recipe" followed by all the niche books: "Baking Illustrated", "Best American Classics", "Best 30-minute Recipe", "Quick Recipe") or Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" series. Both have a master tome, then each additional book in the series is mostly a rehashed, categorized subset of recipes in the main book with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Those are cases where the casual buyer might not realize they were buying duplicates over and over (verbatim, in many cases). I don't think that's the case here with IJHFTF:TDC, it seems obvious to me exactly what I'll get for my twenty bucks...
I'll agree that I would like to see AB put out new, original work outside of Good Eats and Feasting on Asphalt.
Wow. I'm constantly amazed that people are saying "I feel short changed because I bought a book that told me exactly what it was!"
The "Director's Cut" analogy the book makes ON THE COVER is 100% accurate. So how do you feel the need to get upset?! Every single cookbook on the planet that tries to be a general purpose cookbook gets revised and updated in increments...
Look at Joy of Cooking! Are they trying to double dip? No, they're just trying to keep the book up to date, so people can purchase it knowing it's not 75 years old. Same applies here.