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3.0 out of 5 stars Creative dishes...rare ingredients, February 19, 2011
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This book is artfully done. Full color photos are great. The recipes are inspiring and out of the ordinary. The only problem, measurements are in metric units and some of the ingredients I've never even heard of, let alone able to find them in the grocery store. I think they are items that are eaten more in other countries. As someone who loves exotic gourmet foods, and would dare call myself a foodie, definitely made me realize that there are lots of produce and seasonings that I have yet to discover. Have to pick through the ones with more available ingredients but definitely worth the money overall. Print out a metric conversion table for easier measuring if you live in the U.S.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2011 12:45:54 PM PDT
This review is for the American version, which is being sold now. The English version had the metric.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 3:08:22 AM PDT
Avid reader says:
Cooking by weight is the European way and so much easier than working with cups and measuring spoons - also less messy. These days digital scales which weigh both in grams and ounces are quite inexpensive. They don't take up much room and you can use your mixing bowls, pots and even frying pans on them. I use my scale multiple times every day, even for my recipes that measure by volume. I even weigh my morning coffee beans on it. Try it. You won't regret it.

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 5:54:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2011 5:54:55 AM PDT
A. Duchow says:
I totally agree with Music Lover. As an American living in metric Australia, measures in metric are so much easier and more accurate- especially when baking!

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 7:51:58 PM PDT
Judy F says:
I find all necesary items at Whole Foods or Health Food stores.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 10:34:47 PM PDT
I also agree with Music lover. Americans should get used to weighing - produces way better results.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 5:06:11 PM PST
JC says:
Thank you Garden Gurl, I'm SO tired of buying cook books with expensive ingredients I may never use again.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 5:30:54 PM PDT
J. Gowen says:
This might be a helpful review if it had any examples of "rare" ingredients so I can determine if they are available here or not.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 7:23:18 AM PST
You're better off with the metric version. The US version has some errors/typos in conversion. Poor proofreading! We had some mishaps, and realized after looking at the original recipe, the mistakes. Not cool on the publisher's part. You're better off converting yourself if they're not going to bother proofreading or testing the recipes!

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 10:47:03 PM PDT
Really... You gave this a three star rating???? This is a great cookbook.
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