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Needs an editor,
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This review is from: Osteria: Hearty Italian Fare from Rick Tramonto's Kitchen (Hardcover)
The photography is great and many of the recipes quite tasty. But on more than one occasion while I cooked from this book, some instructional step was either missing entirely or glossed over (insufficient detail). After a couple of times of this, the topper was the lasagna recipe, which not only failed to tell me to cover it (as just about every other lasagna recipe in the world tells you to do -- I failed to honor my instincts and of course, the lasagne burned), but it also didn't tell me what to do with the tomato mixture it asked me to prepare. I winged it and figured it out -- after all, this is not rocket scient -- but it would have been nice to have better instructions.
Hopefully the author will get another pair of eyes to read his recipes and actually cook them before he publishes another book. I have officially retired this book and won't be cooking anything new from it -- cooking can be frustrating enough without a poorly edited cookbook to add to the problems.
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Initial post: May 16, 2009 10:20:01 AM PDT
avid reader says:
Thank you for your review. I'm a pretty good cook, but it sounds like this book would be frustrating to cook from. It's not hard to get recipes tested before the manuscript goes to print, so I wonder why there are still problems. Anyway, I'll skip this one -- there are always too many other cookbooks I want to get anyway!
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