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Bugialli on Pasta
Bugialli on Pasta
by Giuliano Bugialli
Edition: Hardcover
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful, but..., October 22, 2001
This review is from: Bugialli on Pasta (Hardcover)
Bugialli has produced a good cookbook that has many useful recipes and is decorated with some beautiful photos. However, the book falls short in two areas.
First, he refers to recipes in other cookbooks he's written. Without those recipes, some dishes can't be made. Fortunately there aren't many of these instances; but, each book should stand on its own and not require the reader to get several books to make one recipe.
Second, Bugialli doesn't give much advice on making the eggless pasta that traditionally is used for pesto. Because it is just a mixture of flour, water, and salt, this pasta must be handled a bit more carefully to avoid making glue. Ask me how I know that.
Fortunately, the book has some excellent recipes that go beyond the usual fare. The dishes with seafood and vegetables are particularly good. This makes the weaknesses described above tolerable.
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The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook: A Consuming Passion
The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook: A Consuming Passion
by Patrick O'Connell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $34.65
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the pleasure of the inn and is a practical cookbook, October 17, 2001
Having eaten at the Inn twice, it's a real joy to have a cookbook that lets you experience at least part of the joy (the setting there is amazing) at home. O'Connell provides recipes for exotic dishes in a way that makes them accessible for any modestly adept cook. Nor is he pretentious at all - If you don't happen to have foie gras in the fridge for the tuna and foie gras dish, that fine he says. Leave it out.
The dishes are beautiful without being self-indulgently elaborate. The accompanying photos and narrative make it fun to read, but the real value is his practical explanations of how to make extraordinary dishes. Enjoy!


Classic Indian Cooking
Classic Indian Cooking
by Julie Sahni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.81
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48 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good cookbook, but...., October 14, 2001
This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
clearly overrated. It's a good book for someone learning the subject, but offers little beyond that. To that purpose, the recipes are clear and produce the intended results, something more ambitious cookbooks often fail to achieve.
However, other books such as "Lord Krishna's Cuisine" and Madhur Jaffrey's books give a far deeper view of Indian cooking. This book is very basic and does not adequately cover the complexities and variations of the use of spices which form much of the foundation of the cuisine.


Cuisipro Stainless Steel Food Mill
Cuisipro Stainless Steel Food Mill

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite kind of gadget, October 14, 2001
It's simple, well made, and works exactly as intended. I don't own a food processor; and the mill, along with a mortar and pestle and a good knife means I won't ever need one. The mill does a terrific job of making purees and straining foods such as tomatoes.
Fully agree with the reviewer who loved it for mashed potatoes. It also works really well when making pureed vegetable soups. Try cooking butternut squash and apples together in stock, season to taste, strain (reserving the stock), and puree the cooked veg and fruit through the mill. Mix in enough of the reserved stock to get to a consistency you like. Serve in warm soup bowls with a dollop of yogurt or creme freche and you have heaven.
It's very easy to clean. I bought mine at a store and they had lost the instructions; but, if you can't figure out this simple device you shouldn't be playing with kitchen implements anyway.


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous interpretation of a difficult work, October 13, 2001
Haitink clearly "gets it." This work has been recorded poorly by others, but Haitink and the LPO clearly understand that Shostakovich was trying to create something new within the symphonic form. The political climate that surrounded the creation and release work affects how one listens to it, and Hiatink makes sure the dissonance is clear without using it to punish the audience as some Shostakovich interpreters have. The only recording of this work that I prefer is Previn's with the Chicago Symphony (gotta love the CSO horns doing Shostakovich!). Nonetheless, this is a great recording. My only small wish is that Haitink would have added more tension to the remarkable conclusion of this work.


Easter Everywhere
Easter Everywhere
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why haven't you bought it already?, October 3, 2001
This review is from: Easter Everywhere (Audio CD)
This is a classic that well deserves that title. Besides, it's just great to listen to. Not from an academic roots-of-psychedelic-music sense, just cuz it rocks!!!


Essentials of Cooking
Essentials of Cooking
by James Peterson
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great discussion of the basics, October 3, 2001
This review is from: Essentials of Cooking (Hardcover)
This book covers the basics very well. The descriptions of what to do and why are excellent. Most of the photographs are useful for the beginner. Surprisingly, and somewhat comically, the recipes don't include quantities which means that the reader must already have a feel for the relative amounts. This is an odd assumption for a book that focuses on the basics.
Nonetheless, the real value of this book is that it makes the process of cooking clear. Knowing what to expect, and why certain steps matter, is of help to any cook.


KitchenAid K45SSWH K45SS Classic 275-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White
KitchenAid K45SSWH K45SS Classic 275-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable Workhorse, August 28, 2001
I've had mine for over 10 years and use it regulary for a wide variety of mixing needs - bread dough, egg whites, batters, etc. It has always performed flawlessly. In the years I've owned it, only once or twice have I wished I had a bigger model.


KitchenAid KSB5 5-Speed Blender, Onyx Black/Stainless Steel
KitchenAid KSB5 5-Speed Blender, Onyx Black/Stainless Steel

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but flawed., May 31, 2001
This blender has a powerful motor that keeps the machine going, but the thick blunt blades aren't adequate for jobs such as pureeing vegetables, fruits etc. It will reduce almost anything to a coarse puree and grinds ice very well. But, the blender leaves more chunks of uncut material than should be the case for one of this price. Running the blender for a longer time doesn't seem to solve this issue.
I recently downgraded my review from 3 to 2 stars because after just a couple years of only moderate use the blade coupling broke so the blade won't turn; and KA doesn't sell a replacement. So I'm now in the market for a new blender. It won't be a KitchenAid.
Other KA appliances I own (mixer, wall oven, dishwasher) work wonderfully well; this one is a surprising disappointment.


Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
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Price: $54.89
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collaboration, May 22, 2001
Perhaps one expects the meeting of two musical geniuses to produce extraordinary fireworks and is disappointed when the results are merely wonderful as in this recording.
Coltrane and Ellington were both extraordinary innovators with different approaches to jazz. This recording shows how well the two men were able to find common ground and create something terrific. Coltrane's ability to play ballads and to be simultaneously both creative and simple make him an excellent Ellington sideman. Similarly, the Duke's deep understanding of jazz gives him the foundation to experiment as a peer with Coltrane.
What makes this recording so great is that neither player shows any need to upstage the other; instead they show generosity, sensitivity, and skill.


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