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Cheers for Fran McCullough and Suzanne Hamlin, editors of The Best American Recipes 2000. As with previous Best editions, they've culled a truly choice collection from a year's worth of eligible recipes from books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. It's an all-occasion crop ranging from the unabashedly down-home Beer Can Chicken to chef Thomas Keller's cheese strips molded in an egg carton. What makes the difference in projects such as this is the quality of editorial taste and the compilers' commitment to recipe practicality. In both these matters McCullough and Hamlin excel. "Most of all," the editors write, "we love smart recipes that maximize flavor," and these they've provided in satisfying abundance.

Ranging from starters and breads to desserts and drinks, the recipes cover the classic to the exotic-but-definitely-worth-trying varieties. Examples from the repertoire include Mexican Pistachio Soup, Puffy Maine Pancakes, and Indonesian Ginger Chicken. There are also dishes, such as Texas Lemon Bomb (coiffed with meringue swirls), that are simply, though never frivolously, fun. With a "Year in Food" rundown (food comeback of the year: the egg), tips, cooking notes, and serving suggestions, The Best American Recipes 2000 makes an important culinary bookshelf addition while providing true cooking and eating enjoyment. --Arthur Boehm

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The second volume in this new series starts out with a snappy list of the year's trends in food that names the potato "Vegetable of the Year" and slow roasting the hottest technique. Recipes, drawn from a variety of sources, are often so simple that it's a surprise to see them here (e.g., Garlicky Baked Chicken from Sara Moulton's Web site is just thighs or breasts coated with bread crumbs and cheese, then baked to a crisp). And the editors clearly have never met a gimmick they didn't like: they coo over Beer Can Chicken (the diner rests the chicken on the can) and delight in Grilled Duck in a Jar (the duck is marinated in the jar, so that it is "ready to be admired by those who will soon enjoy it"). Recipes with an ethnic bent, such as Tunisian Chickpea Stew and Kashmiri-Style Leg of Lamb, are among the most appealing. Each recipe credits the chef and the source and is accompanied by notes and serving suggestions, such as pairing the Twelve-Hour Roast Pork from Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food with Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Gourmet. this book is a fun read and will most likely sell well, but it is not the definitive source its editors envision it to be. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • Series: 150 Best Recipes
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618009965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618009961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I also loved McCullough and Hamlin's "Best American Recipes 1999," so I bought this for my birthday.
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I especially loved the Manly Meat Balls, the Tandoori-style cornish game hens, the cheddar and pepper scones and the lemon almond pound cake.
Beverly Balfour
I've only used a couple of recipes so far; and since they have turned out so well, I'm looking forward to trying others.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Janklow on November 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After 26 years of cooking turkeys, I finally cooked one that everyone including myself loved. It's the cider-brined turkey in this book which is as good as the authors say. I also made the great pumpkin and goat cheese gratin which is delicious. Now I'm sorry I didn't make thw whole meal from the book. Everyone at our Thanksgving table wanted this book for Christmas.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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The polenta recipe alone is worth the price of the book. It is a no-stir recipe, and very easy.
There is also a great chili recipe with lamb and beans. It is a very eclectic collection with some unusual and delicious dishes. It is a cookbook well worth having.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scriba on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having gotten this great cookbook for Christmas, I've been cooking from it almost non-stop since. I have a large collection of cookbooks and think of myself as an accomplished cook, but I have never had a bookbook like this one in which all the recipes not only work but are delicious. My only regret is that I can't ask the authors to dinner; they sound delightful.I just had a dinner party for 6 very discerning friends and made the stracotto oflamb with olives and oranges and the oven-baked polenta. For dessert we had the butttermilk panna cotta with lemon jelly. My guests were in heaven! At New Year's I made the strawberries in Champagne Jelly which was quite a hit. And if anyone is still making cookies out there, make sure to include the apricot walnut biscotti. A big thank-you to the talented authors!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Balfour on December 7, 1999
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My daughter gave me this book and already I have made seven of the recipes. They are just as good as the authors promise! I especially loved the Manly Meat Balls, the Tandoori-style cornish game hens, the cheddar and pepper scones and the lemon almond pound cake. This is a delicious collection!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cookbook critic on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This review refers to "Best American Recipes 2000." I noticed that Amazon hasn't always segregated these reviews by year, so I include this information. The review for the 1999 edition is at the bottom, due to Amazon's silliness with this.

I have trusted Fran McCullough ever since she co-authored "Great Food Without Fuss," another book full of easy-but-perfect and unusual recipes. I also loved McCullough and Hamlin's "Best American Recipes 1999," so I bought this for my birthday. WOW. I have had it for 2 weeks, and I cannot stop cooking from it. Just from browsing all the books in "Best American Recipes" series so far, I get the feeling that McCullough/Hamlin is the best co-author team in the series, but I haven't had the others as long, so I'll report back when I've cooked my way through the later ones.

So far, I have made:

Stuffed French Toast with Lemon-Cheese Filling and Blueberries: impressed even the most jaded of palates
Puffy Maine Pancakes: the classic Dutch baby pancake
Fresh Fig, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Salad with Warm Port Vinaigrette: worth the price of the book for the salad dressing alone (requires reducing 1 cup of nonvintage port)
Pasta with Baked Tomato Sauce: so easy, creamy, and lovely, but without any cream
Watermelon Salsa: a salad, actually. My husband and I devoured the recipe that "serves 4," and not because the recipe was skimpy!
Wine Grapes, Walnuts, and Olives: a magical transformation of basic high-quality ingredients. Great as a side dish, or on pasta.

All have perfect directions, incredible flavor, and helpful notes. Main dishes come with a "serve with" menu, with all the recipes included in the book. I love that! Who can resist a foolproof, perfect dinner party menu?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Best cookbook I've ever purchased. My family still talks about my Christmas turkey that I marinated in apple cider vinegar and apple juice. All 13 dinner guests ranked it their favorite Christmas dinner. Many of the recipes are now considered "keepers" by my husband, imagine a lamb dish with oranges and anchovies--it's fabulous. I even travel to my daughter's home with this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on November 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A great collection of 110 marvelous recipes. What "Best American Recipes" lacks in photos (only 9) it atones for in proven, field tested, recipes. From thousands of recipes, from a plethora of sources (magazines, newspapers, Internet, cookbooks, etc.) McCullough and Hamlin edited down to these select 110. And their selections are all top drawer. I have used a half dozen so far and every one of them have be very good to great. Do try the "Jamaican Rice and Peas" along with "Flamed Roast Fish a la Sophia Loren" - Excellent!
I do wish they would have included more photos, 9 for 110 recipes is very skimpy - this is the only reason that the book is not "Highly Recommended". However, this book is so impressive that I have already ordered "The Best American Recipes 2000".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Here is what some of us do--collect recipes from all kinds of varying sources, sorted through and published in book form.
Tried few recipes thus far, and each lives up to rating: Scallop and Corn Chowder, unique Ricotta Hot Cakes with Honeycomb butter, Port-and-Black-Currant Glazed Chicken Thighs,Roasted Potatoes with Garlic,Lemon and Oregano.
For a different closing meal treat, try "Roasted Apricots with Sugared Pecans and Dulce de Leche. It's simple and sooo sooo good!
Unique--simple--- zipped up kind of cuisine, with outstanding variety of cuisines and sources--- great collection for varying levels of cook levels. Neat feature is wine offerings with each entree suggested.
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