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A Trusty and Respected Standby
on December 26, 2000
Without any doubt, this is by far my favorite cookbook. Every recipe I've tried worked brilliantly. Although I'm quite an advanced cook, the recipes would not be too challenging for the novice. The directions are clear and easy to follow, and nothing is left to chance.
My favorite recipes include: Brussel Sprouts, hashed with poppy seeds and lemon; banana tart; braised lamb shanks with garlic and herbs; potato and artichoke frittata; roast peppered rack of venison; and the awesome mashed yellow turnips with crispy shallots.
Finally, I must mention what a helluva nice guy Michael Romano is. On one occasion I had to ask Mike for some advice about the timing of food preparation for a rather elegant dinner party I was preparing for 12 (all of the recipes came from the book). Not only did Mike return my call, but he seemed genuinely interested in not only the problem, but solving it.
Only criticism -- why isn't there a second book??!!