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3.0 out of 5 stars Not A New Idea, November 3, 2010
This review is from: Rachael Ray's Look + Cook (Paperback)
She claims the format of her book is her new idea! All I can say is she must have read the Prairie Woman Cooks cookbook as well as others when this book was being planned. I don't want to be slammed but honestly this isn't a new format at all! Some of the recipes are interesting but others seem like she is just slapping things together. Is she running out of ideas? The last part of her book is different but how often are you going to want to go and watch the video. It is like the Bonus Features dvd that you get with the movie. You might want to watch it once but that is it. I have watched her shows since she first started and I wish she would go back to how she was before she was Oprahfied! Her recipes used ingredients that weren't expensive and were readily available. I mean how often do you see Burrata cheese in you local grocery store. I have her other cookbooks but not sure if I will keep this one.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2010 3:37:58 PM PDT
If some ingredients are hard to get, people will not be interested.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 2:56:12 PM PST
I think the new idea was the cook along web site and the photo part was a new format for her cook books but not a new format all together. You do have to look hard to find some of the ingredients but it can be done if you want to make it bad enough. It is a rare occasion that I follow along a recipe to every detail. I usually take the recipe but make it my own. I think of recipes as a good start then add and do what I would like.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 5:44:30 AM PST
I know what Burrata is but I'd never seen it in a store until this week in a specialty store. I agree with you about using ingredients that are readily available. Something I've noticed, though, is that many cookbook authors are based in NYC or areas where a wider variety of ingredients are readily available. I don't think they give thought to the fact that many ingredients may not be available to many readers/users of their cookbooks. Oddly enough, I find Italian/Mediterranean ingredients the most difficult to find in my area.

As much as I personally dislike step-by-step pictures in cookbooks, I realize that there are many people learning to cook who benefit from them. Pioneer Woman wasn't the first.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 9:14:25 AM PST
Cheryl says:
She meant a new idea for HER cookbooks...Im sure she has viewed numerous cookbooks in her life time and knows she isnt the originial designer of this concept....the more pictures ...the longer time to make ... 3 pictures ...a quick menu! Go to QVC and see the video demo of this book. There is a surprize in the last half of the book. Im looking forward to and wish you much success with your cookbook.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 1:17:30 AM PST
Missy says:
I agree with your comment.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 1:13:04 PM PDT
Hot Dodge says:
You know what I do if I don't have an ingredient the recipe calls for? I substitute something different or omit all together.
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