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KINDLE VERSION REVIEW
on September 16, 2013
Note that instead of that pretty purple lavender cover and colored text inside, the Kindle version after you buy it arrives completely in black and white, cover too. Seems a bit of a misrepresentation to me, but the information is still useful. Still, had I known this I'd most likely have just bought a used version of the book. This is dull, dull, dull to look at, especially with the shaded gray boxes of text page after page. Rather depressing, really. Like what we'd get if we lived in George Orwell's 1984.
Worse still, they brought this to Kindle on the cheap and there are no hyperlinks to get around. "See Pasta Dough recipe on page 208" is of absolutely no use on the Kindle. It's next to impossible to navigate this book as a result, and when I did actually get there, all it says is "this is a very basic pasta dough." Well I can get that with my pasta attachments. I wanted a Wolfgang Puck-worthy pasta dough.
To be fair, the flours like Caputo 00 we can get now in the U.S. even at better grocery stores compared to when this was originally published have changed considerably, and this book won't reflect any of that. It should really be updated to reflect the new reality. All-purpose flour in pasta dough isn't going to give you what you're seeking in a book like this, and 00 flour in a pizza is the only flour that's actually allowed me to shape the dough with my hands the way I see professionals doing it (because they're using 00 flour). Same with the pizza peel. You can dust a pizza peel all you want with all-purpose flour but your pizza's not going to slide off the peel like you think it should until you use semolina flour for that purpose.
I'm sure there's good information in this book but it seems watered down for the home cook and what they'll have access to at the time it was released and the world and accessibility to top notch ingredients has changed.
It's a shame we don't get a book from Wolfgang Puck to reflect that. That's okay, but what's really not okay is selling a Kindle book that doesn't have the recipes hyperlinked throughout. This looks like a mimeographed copy from high school, one page after another in exciting gray, gray, and more gray.