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Upper Crusts (Capital Lifestyles) Paperback – April 30, 2007
This book reminds me of my mom, she'd never throw away a piece of bread. Thank you very much for the respect you have for the main ingredient - a wonderful collection --Michel Richard; Chef & Owner - Citronelle, Washington DC
About the Author
Sheilah Kaufman is a nationally recognized culinary expert and author of twenty-four cookbooks, including the acclaimed Simply Irresistible: Easy, Elegant, Fearless, Fussless Cooking. She is renowned for her user-friendly style and fresh, innovative recipes. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.
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Some of the recipes use barely a quarter cup of bread crumbs, more as garnish than a basic part of the dish, but I guess the author needed to include these to find enough recipes to fill a book. That, however, is merely a quibble compared to the disappointingly limited number of real recipe differences, with many entries hardly varying one from the next. Yes, part of this arises from her invitation to friends to submit their own bread-using recipes, but it weakens the overall usefulness of the book.
My primary concern, however, is this: while it seems as though the author has written this to help find ways to use up stale bread, a rather frugal goal, the recipes repeatedly include ingredients like Brie, phyllo, and artichokes. Will those who keep these other ingredients on hand really want to be saving up stale bread crusts? And will those looking for ways to cut costs in this day of rising food prices really be interested in trying any of these often expensive dishes? A muddled purpose weakened by minimal real content does not make for a book I'd want to add to my library. (Full disclosure: I checked this out of the library before buying and have definitely decided not to purchase my own copy.)
There are a few good recipes scattered throughout, and the author does have a few interesting pages regarding the history of puddings, but these really aren't enough to carry this book into even a three star rating. I think you could do as well in finding "fabulous ways to use bread" by just using an online search engine--and the results would probably be at least as well organized.