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Little to recommend it
on March 18, 2001
The size of this book should have clued me in. It's only about 9.25 x 6.25" and 171 pages of large type. Recipes are often quite separated from the norm, in my opinion, such as Athenian Market Stew. There are lots of recipes that require mint, of all things! There are no photos aside from the one one the cover. The index is its top feature, in that one can find a recipe a number of ways: by main ingredient, by type(like "Sauces"), etc.
To their credit, the authors do provide recommendations on how to stock a healthy pantry, read food labels, and even three ways to make a vegetable stock. However, these pages take space away from recipes, which is what folks buy cookbooks for. This book is a tiny one that can ill-afford the loss of recipe room!
Also, many of the recipes are quick and easy to prepare. The Braised Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is extremely good, and it's simple to fix.
For the money, I recommend you choose a more extensive cookbook. This is a handy little tome if you have ample room for storage, but if like me your space is limited, try to stretch it further with a larger, more worthwhile volume.