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Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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About the Author
Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his cooking show, Binging with Babish, is enjoyed by millions of burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. His passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen is rivaled only by his love of film and television, both of which he endeavors to share from his Harlem, NY kitchen.
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Now, on to the problems with this book. First the book is very poorly made physically. It absolutely reeked of chemicals when we unpacked it, like HORRIBLE smell that took hours to dissipate. It was badly dinged up on the corners and spine and edges, basically every side of the book has gouges that are very unsightly. This is because it was shipped in a single, very cheap manila envelope lined with one sheet of bubble wrap. It really needed to be individually wrapped in several layers if they were going to ship it in an envelope, but honestly a box would have been far better. My cheap paperback romances come to me in boxes, but this hardcover coffeetable book gets a cheap envelope? Not cool. But that wasn't the biggest disappointment, nor was the ridiculous 9 weeks wait time despite having preordered it two weeks before it came out.
No, the biggest disappointment was the actual contents of the book. The text is SO small, I could never imagine having this book open while I cook one of the recipes, it'd involve a lot of peering and squinting and trying to read the recipe itself. Second are the pictures - NONE appear to be pictures of the actual food Andrew makes. They look more like poorly resized screencaps from the movies/shows in question. None seemed to feature him at all. Not to be weird, but we've grown pretty familiar with his hands and arms by this point and I don't believe he's actually in any of the pictures. And that's not even mentioning the quality of the pictures themselves, which is seriously lacking. The colors are washed out, the quality is grainy and reminds me of old pictures from the 80's.
And then there is the fact that, as other reviewers have mentioned, so much of the space inside is taken up talking about recipes that aren't even included. And the inclusion of some of the inedible 'crazy' recipes is just an absolute waste. No one is going to make that stuff irl (breakfast dessert pasta? Hors d'oeuvres sandwich?), why include it and not some of the super popular choices that were oddly omitted (CUBANOS, omg, HOW could they leave that out???)
Suffice to say we are not satisfied with the money we spent and the time we waited (so much time) for the book to arrive. We're so happy for Andrew and his successes and as I said will absolutely continue to support him, but I really hope he never uses this publisher again and holds out for the real deal who will do his work justice and fulfill orders in a timely fashion without the lack of quality control this publisher clearly has.
As always, though, so much love for you, Andrew, never stop doing what you do!
The book itself is very disorganized, for instance, the recipe for Confit Byaldi is on pace 52, and then there are two pages, 84 and 85 that have the mention of the Oscar -worthy food performance.
Overall, I'd say if I knew what the recipes were, and how most are already on YouTube, I wouldn't have bought the book, but contributed to the patreon instead.
I decided to order this book for him, and my man is overly thrilled by it .
This book is not that complex, the recipes are easy to understand and the photos give you an idea of what you may be cooking/baking.
The font is a nice size and easy to read, the colors and lightening in photos could be a bit better.
In all, the purchase with this book was a good idea and it shall be used in the future for many new cooking / baking ideas.
The book was a little thin too, I expected more recipes, and a bigger variety of ones that haven't been featured on the show already. But for a first cookbook, it is very nicely put together. I look forward to a second, hopefully filled with more everyday type recipes, with exclusives that won't be aired. Some of the food weren't being showcased in the best lighting, which I found a bit odd when it's a cookbook. If you're a fan of the show, definitely recommend to pick up. Especially if you've been wanting to make a couple recipes from the show. But if you're just looking for a cookbook, it definitely leaves something to be desired.