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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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The Epicurious Cookbook: More Than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes for Weeknights, Weekends & Special Occasions
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The book is organized seasonally into 4 chapters: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each season is then subdivided into the following sections: breakfast; starters; mains; sides; sandwiches and breads; desserts. I like the seasonal organization but I think I would have preferred the book organized exclusively by the listed subdivisions. I find it easier to navigate a cookbook when all breakfasts are categorized together, all cakes are categorized together, etc., instead of cakes being organized into sping or fall menus. The recipes have a special tag on them to indicate when a reader submitted recipes is being featured.
The book is around four hundred pages and is a flat spined paperback. It needs a cookbook stand or some other aid to stay open on its own. The photography in the book is certainly eye-catching and pretty much guarentees that you will give in to a nine pm random urge to run to the market and purchase the ingredients for double chocolate layer cake (page 385). There is not a photograph for each finished recipe but there is a very generous number of photographs.
In case I wasn't clear, this is a compilation of greatest recipes--not new material.Read more ›
We first made the Chili con Carne - it was the flattest, most boring chili we had ever had. We ended up adding more liquid, more beans, a LOT more salt, and spice just to make it resemble proper chili. This was, perhaps, what they would think chili was in Norway, but not in the West.
The gnocchi with lemon sauce, spinach and peas looked like a great idea, but was simply not very good. The sauce should be more rich and robust. The more I ate, the less I liked it. Ended up eating a reheated pancake to get the taste out of my mouth.
I'm drawing a blank on the third item we made, but I remember commented that it was also boring.
Maybe we just picked some bad ones... will try a few more.
Great photos, but only of half of the dishes. I don't like making recipes without a photo of what it's supposed to look like.
UPDATE: Bumping up to 3 stars. Tried two more recipes since the initial disappointments - a Peruvian chicken and a cherry/chocolate cookie. Both were delicious. Will have to keep experimenting!
This is a big book with tons of recipes. Most appealing to me so far are pea salad with radishes and feta, asparagus and hearts of palm salad, and grilled caesar salad.
In addition to being organized by season, you can also look up recipes by occasion (ex. fast meal on a weekday, something to wow guests, and holiday occasions). This is clearly a well thought out and carefully curated collection. I'll try to update as I try more recipes. Bon apetit!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have liked the epicurious magazines that I've seen so far, but this one, just doesn't do it for me.Published 3 months ago by Brooks Ellis
Really enjoy browsing through this cookbook and am looking forward to trying many of the recipes. Have always had good luck with Epicurious recipes.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
THE go-to cookbook. I love this- the best cookbook ever. I have bought copies for my friends and family, and they agree. A must have for every kitchen.Published 4 months ago by Bobby Hill
Although I now have over 500 cookbooks, and I have many favorites, this is the one that I almost always go to first for a recipe or idea. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James G. Johnson
I really like these Epicurious cookbooks. They are well tested and interesting recipes. A good book to have on hand for people who like to cook.Published 8 months ago by Peter
In kindle e book form the book is useless because the index/table of contents does not work.
Money back, please!
Very easy to read and well organized for the seasons. Can't wait to follow the 'calendar' with the book! HoorayPublished 9 months ago by DukMan