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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740769766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740769764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This globe-trotting collection from the Seattle-based cookware chain Sur la Table uses cooking equipment as its inspiration. Authored by Simmons, who writes for Food & Wine and Cooking Light, this book recognizes that having the most suitable tool is critical to fun and successful food preparation. In the opening chapters, Simmons outlines the basic items a home cook should stock, like a peeler and whisk, before moving on to more sophisticated tools, e.g., a karahi (an Indian wok) and mattone (an Italian terra cotta press). From there, the book is organized by implement: a recipe for a chef's torch, for example, is Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes with Bubbling Mozzarella; a pommes anna pan produces, well, Pommes Anna with Herbs and Mushrooms. The recipes appeal to a new cook with their precision, so homemade crepes or fresh sushi will seem accessible, especially with the most suitable tool at hand. (May)
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As clever as it is useful, rich with color photographs, short cuts, and care and cleaning tips. --The Kansas City Star

Must-have book for cooks at every level from the newlyweds to the seasoned cook. --Healthcastle.com

More About the Author

Award winning cookbook author, Marie Simmons, is a cooking school teacher, passionate cook and the author of over 20 cookbooks including Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, Fig Heaven, The Amazing World of Rice, Things Cooks Love (Sur La Table) and The James Beard Award winner, The Good Egg. Her latest cookbook, Taste of Honey, will be published June 2013.
www.mariesimmons.com

Customer Reviews

It would make a very special gift for a cook in your life.
Julie
After perusing the copy we purchased for ourselves, we got one for them and they love it too!
Book Lover
Any cook would enjoy this book, both as a cookbook and as a reference.
Beth Clayson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By The Bee Bee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very pretty book, and it certainly provides a nice overview of cooks tools--but be forewarned that it looks and feels more like a product catalog than a top-shelf cookbook. Yes, there are sexy pics of the equipment, a little (sometimes very little) informative text about how to use and care for the equipment, and recipes related to the kind of hardware being discussed. And while I appreciated the breadth of the material, the author covers so much ground that depth is seriously lacking. In sum, I found the book to be slight, vaguely corporate in tone (read: the author's voice is indistinct), and generally unsatisfying--especially given the relatively high asking price. This is one of those titles that demand a thorough examination of the "Search Inside" feature at Amazon to decide for yourself if the book is worth the price.

This one gets four stars for ambition, but only two stars for execution.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Julie on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than pretty pictures like most of the cookbooks today. It was informative and helpful. It made me want to get out some of my more esoteric pieces of cookware (like the cataplana and my Pomme Anna Pan)that I haven't touched in years and redisover them. Sur La Table is one of my favorite places to go to in Seattle and the book captured that wonderful feeling of visiting the store. It would make a very special gift for a cook in your life.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Burdick on January 18, 2010
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This really is a hardcover version of the catalog. Burt Wolf's "The New Cook's Catalogue" is a better bet, even if it was published back in 2000. Even "Pierre Franey's Kitchen," though compact and from 1982, is more thorough and useful when it comes to talking about the gear you need and lust for in the kitchen. FYI--Sur La Table's knife book is not much better. Again, see Wolf and Franey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy B. Hursh on June 19, 2011
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I read some of the other reviews for this book and had to add my opinion. The other reviews talked about the presentation of the book, the corporate tone, etc. All I want to say, is this book has some of the best recipes I've ever eaten! My husband is an amateur chef. He owns 100 cookbooks. He's made some pretty fantastic dishes. He's made about 5 of the recipes in this book so far, and each time, they've been fantastic. 5 star taste. Wonderful. So, for myself, all I care about are the recipes in this book and those are wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2011
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exactly as advertised. a good mix of recipes and information, which is great for some like me who doesn't know much about the recipes or the gear involved. pretty cool for those of us who want to learn more but don't have the culinary arts teacher there with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on December 18, 2010
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This is not your typical cookbook. It dicusses and shows all the various tools and implements to create recipes.then it has corresponding recipes for those tools. I found it very inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Huff on June 6, 2013
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I enjoy this book for the way it shows me what various kitchen gear is for, and how and what to cook with it. The price I got it at made it a great deal for me, as I enjoy cooking and like to discover new tecniques for the kitchen.

I did remove one star because I just couldn't get away from feeling like Sur La Table was using this as an advertisement for stuff sold in their store, however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Casey on August 6, 2011
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Ever wondered what to do with that tagine you got for Christmas, or if there's anything else you can do with a potato ricer? Why you might want a food mill, even though you have a food processor? It describes how to choose and use all the weird and wonderful kitchen gadgets, and also lists and more importantly explains the pantry ingredients you also might want to have. It also has a few recipies for each gadget.

This is a great book for anyone who has several cookbooks, and wants to take the next step.
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