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5 Star, Gift Quality,
This review is from: Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World (Hardcover)
As a reviewer, I try to look at the cookbook from a buyer's perspective. What would I find if I opened it physically in the bookstore or library. What type of recipes would I find; who is the cookbook directed toward; are there nice photos; are there charts, etc.; what are some unique aspects of the cookbook. As an experienced cook and having won numerous awards, I feel that I am able to judge whether the book is worth buying and I try to impart this to the reader.
The New Comfort Food is definitely a beautiful 5 star, gift quality creation. I am amazed at the many full-page color photos and the simple but impressive recipes. It is a cookbook that could easily go on your coffee table as well as in your kitchen. As I mentioned, the recipes are not too complicated and look delicious. Recipes include: Spring Rolls with Chile-Garlic Sauce; Golden Potato Latkes; Mushroom and Herb Crostini; Herbed Tomato Tart; Creamy Corn Chowder; German Split Pea Soup; Fettuccine Alfredo; Vegetarian Lasagne; Grilled Lobster with Cilantro-Chile Butter; Zucchini Fritters; Key Lime Pie; and much more. I did try the Boone Tavern's Spoonbread and found it to be soft and yummy and would go great with a ham dinner. There is also a section on mixed drinks in the back of the book!
The New Comfort Food would make an excellent gift or a beautiful, informative addition to one's personal collection. Thank you to the author for my review copy.
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Initial post: Sep 9, 2011 4:52:47 PM PDT
Karen M. Downes says:
Thank you for reviewing this book and letting me know about the pictures. In my opinion, photos of the recipes in any cookbook are just as important as the text. My finished products rarely look like they do in the books but they're good for reference. HaHa!
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