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Disappointing if you know how to cook.,
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As an experienced recreational cook I am very disappointed by this book. It has been getting alot of press from the NY Times and the Today show. Alice Waters is no doubt a wonderful cook and I have her other books - especially usefull is her book on vegetables. No doubt she has access to fresh and wonderful produce living in California and running a successful restaurant. We all want to buy the freshest ingredients possible. There is nothing "revolutionary" about this book - instead it is a basic book for people who are just learning to cook and/or put together a kitchen. The recipes are basic and somewhat boring. For anyone who would like to learn cooking basics I would recommend James Beard's Theory and Basics of Cooking instead.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2009 11:11:37 PM PDT
Hmm, I'm not really sure why you're complaining about it being a "basic book" because the name of this collection is "SIMPLE FOOD."
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J. Payne says:
I love this cook book and have all the others. The basic nature of the book belies its wisdom. For example, the roasting times for meats are excellent- a huge leap from Joy of Cooking, another basic cook book. I learned a lot from Julia and also love Alice Waters other books. This one is the book I choose to give my children who were raised with good food. It is beautifully indexed and a great kitchen friend to turn to when you have a question.
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