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If you can, look through this book before buying it,
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This review is from: My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness (Hardcover)
I ordered this book and Cheryl Crow's If it Makes you Healthy cookbook together. If I'd picked them both up at my local Borders and thumbed through, I definitely would NOT have bought this one.
I read this one first and although there's some cute anecdotes and a few recipes that look interesting, if you have more than very basic cooking skills, you'll find yourself shaking your head a bit as you flip the pages here. Many of her 'recipes' are variations of a very simple and basic recipe and many are so basic that you really don't need a recipe at all. As an example, there's a recipe for a turkey blt...that offers nothing new and surprising, just common sense how to assemble the sandwich. So when I finished this book I was left with the overall feeling that there's not much here that isn't already obvious to most people who like to cook.
Fortunately, the opposite was true of the Cheryl Crow book, which blew me away. Page after page of creative, and mouth-watering recipes from her personal chef, that are also healthy. There's so many I can't wait to make and tonight am starting with a slow-cooked braised chicken taco recipe that is easy, healthy and looks delicious.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2012 10:24:29 PM PDT
I agree. I found just a couple of recipes in the desserts and breakfast sections that I was interested in. I saw Gwyneth Paltrow on Rachel Ray talking about this book and she was so exciting and I thought this book would be exciting too. G.P. is still an excellent actress even if I didn't get as much out of her book as I had hoped.
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