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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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  • Hardcover
  • ASIN: 0307984869
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,887,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a huge fan of the Epicurious website. I've been using it since 2004 when I first married, and I've often wondered why Epicurious had not compiled a cookbook showcasing their best recipes. Epicurious was originally a database of recipes from Bon Appetit magazine and Gourmet magazine but has expanded to include a lot of other culinary talent. The recipes are ranked by users from 1 to 4 forks, based on the percentage of users who would make the recipe again. This little book is a compilation of more than 250 of their 4 fork (read: highest ranked) recipes.

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.
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I'll update again after we try a few more dishes, but so far we're not doing so well.

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!
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I'm a big fan of epicurious and internet recipes isites n general. But there are times when you just want to reach for a book and have the permanence and elegance of your favorite recipes in one spot. I suppose I could print out various epicurious recipes I've enjoyed and put them in a binder and make notes in the margin, but that wouldn't look as good (this is a handsome and tastefully designed book), nor would I benefit from the brain trust of epicurious that created this. Plus I like the idea of supporting the site, which has provided me with so many lovely meals.

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!
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I bought this cookbook for my wife as a gift and she hates that it's organized by season (spring, summer, fall winter). She prefers organization by type (starters, mains, desserts). This cookbook is supposed to be a compilation of the website's best-loved and highest-rated recipes, which is a good concept, but execution wasn't polished. More pictures and addition of nutritional information would have been better.
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Epicurious has long been my go-to site for recipe ideas. It's great to be able to read reviews of recipes and see how others have tweaked the recipe to enhance their results. Now, finally, you have the same benefits without the risk of covering your laptop or Ipad in flour! This cookbook has a wide variety of dishes, 95% of which I want to make right now! Every recipe is from their 4 fork (ie. top rated by those who have tried it!) files, and each also includes a tip from a home cook on how they tried it out at home. It's like getting Amazon reviews in a cookbook! This is a fun and inspiring cookbook that I'd recommend as a gift to anyone who enjoys cooking and trying out new food ideas for their family!
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I work in a library and I brought this book home for some holiday cooking ideas. I found 9 recipes right away I wanted to make. I did wind up making 4 of the recipes for my family and friends this Thanksgiving and I loved how they all turned out. So did the guests! I am now going to buy the book to add to my recipe book collection. I will soon be making the other 5 recipes! I made Tom Colicchio's herb-butter turkey, Brussels sprout hash, Spiced pumpkin layer cake, and the Cinnamon crumble apple pie! The other recipes I am anxious to try are Eggplant Lasagna with parsley pesto, Sweet potato puree with smoked paprika, Wild mushroom-potato gratin and Beets and caramelized onions with feta.
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