on May 27, 2011
It's hard to compete with online recipe websites that allow you to search and browse 24/7. That said, I have stilled pulled out this cookbook often over the last couple years of owning it. I use it more as a reference for basic recipes that I know are going to be solid. In comparison, I use online recipe sites when I have a few ingredients and need to round out a meal or when I'm browsing for new ideas.
When I cook for a holiday gathering, this book is the book I use because I know the recipes have been tried-and-true. Exhibit A: Bourbon Cheesecake. It was a huge hit at Thanksgiving and I think I am now required by my family to make it every year.
When I want a good, classic recipe, this is the cookbook I use as well. Exhibit B: Hepburn Brownies. I have probably made those about ten times now and it is the best brownie recipe I have ever made.
The recipes are not old-boring-classic, but rather tested-over-time-classic. Gourmet lives up to its high standard of using excellent ingredients in innovative ways and not cutting corners. Sure, you could find a recipe for bourbon cheesecake or brownies online. But a Gourmet recipe from this book calls for ingredients, preparation and care that shows in that finished bite. A recipe making it into this book trumps any number of online recipe reviews. Excellent addition to the epicurean bookshelf.