60 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Decent recipes... awful design.,
This review is from: The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 (Hardcover)
I was really disappointed with this book, being a lifelong gourmet devotee. The recipes and history of each are good, and up to gourmet standards. But the pictures feel like they were just tossed together in a hurry and are not all that appetizing. The reason for the low star level though, is the layout of the book. It is, to be blunt, horrid.
The photos are on the right hand pages and at the top of the left hand page is the title of the recipe and a blurb about it's history. Aside from a very unwelcoming font, all fine. But after the introductory paragraph is a huge chunk of white space, and then the recipe and directions are crammed together in a small and undifferentiated font in the bottom quarter of the page. It is hard to read and even more difficult to follow when trying to actually cook anything. The result is an altogether cold, difficult to use book. I'll probably copy out my favorite recipes onto recipe cards and resell the book.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2012 4:24:26 PM PST
Carolyn Hahn says:
So sorry to hear this. I've always loved Gourmet's recipes and photos, but small squished recipes are not fun to cook from. Thanks for the candid assessment.
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