22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A great book for the beginner chef only,
This review is from: The James Beard Cookbook (Paperback)
I really wanted to add a James Beard book to my collection of cookbooks and this one always got great reviews. It does have some excellent recipes, mostly classical dishes and some old world classics like Moussaka and Hungarian Goulash. It explains the techniques very well. Where I was dissappointed was in the number of recipes; there are too many variations and too few unique recipes. Also, some of the recipes are very very basic, such as omelette making or a London Broil. I would have liked some more interesting cuisine. Still, I am keeping it as it is a good reference book with some standard classical dishes in one volume: Pot au Feu, Yorkshire Pudding, Goulash.