Are these the year's best recipes? It doesn't really matter, as McCullough has cast her net wide and drawn in a diversely appetizing selection. With a section on the year in food (sage, for example, is dubbed the herb cooks wanted "more than a little of lately"); headnotes that put the recipes in context ("New riffs on guacamole seems to spring up every year," say the authors in respect to Guacamole with Lemon and Roasted Corn); and Cook's Notes that make the recipes even more useful ("you can extend the marinating ... it will only add to the flavor," advise the authors of Pork Stew with Leeks, Orange, and Mint), the book is a something-for-everyone addition to a welcome tradition. Readers will also enjoy the foreword from Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain, which ends with a characteristic injunction to "cook free or die." --Arthur Boehm
Fair. Uninspired. Will gift it. Book is heavy and difficult to handle. Report describing it too generous for what you actually receive.Published 8 months ago by Hal B.
I ordered this while on vacation and by the time I got home it was here, that my friend is Fast Service.Published on June 12, 2011 by O Mother
This cookbook is a complilation of recipes taken from other cookbooks, magazines, the web, and newspapers. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by H. K. Block
I am one of those cooks that has never had any formal training (beyond my mother/grandmother) -- so I appreciate the teaching and conversation beyond the recipe. Read morePublished on December 8, 2002 by Matthew B. Montgomery
Now that I have gone through this cookbook, I need to go back and find the similar recipe books McCullough has done for the last four years. Read morePublished on October 21, 2002 by BeachReader
This series is great.
Don't be put off by the boring format.
Not one recipe tried has been less than it promises.
I like them so much I've bought them all.
Here is what some of us do--collect recipes from all kinds of varying sources, sorted through and published in book form. Read morePublished on January 10, 2002 by rodboomboom
The authors did their homework with these recipes! I have tried 30+ receipes from this cookbook and all were a hit with family and friends. Read morePublished on December 26, 2001
This is one FUN cookbook. I've made several items from it and haven't been let down once. I even made the amazing cinnamon buns on the cover, and I don't usually bake. Read morePublished on September 8, 2001