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The Essential James Beard Cookbook: 450 Recipes That Shaped the Tradition of American Cooking Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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There are no pictures of the recipes, but despite what some might think, these are not the all-encompassing recipes that take hours of preparation and exotic ingredients. There are very few elements that cannot be found in an ordinary grocery store.
Recipes include: first courses and cocktail food, soups, salads, beef and veal, pork, lamb, poultry and game birds, fish and shellfish, eggs, pasta, vegetables, rice, grains and beans, yeast and quick breads, fruits, hot, cold and frozen desserts, cakes, pies and tarts, cookies and bars, basic stocks and sauces.
This is probably not the book for a beginning cook, but with some determination most could prepare these recipes and the family would enjoy them. However one recipe, brioche en surprise is really onion sandwiches which the introduction states - that your reputation as a hostess can be built up (in a good way) because they are as contagious as measles. Somehow I cannot picture a party appreciating all those sandwiches whose fillings consist of onions. I'm an onion lover, but they just do not seem like party fare.
We did really enjoy the hearty beef salad, the white bean tuna salad and especially Mrs. Maynard's cinnamon rolls containing rum in the filling. My mother in law used to make these and refused to give up the recipe. Evidently this is where it came from and the household is happy to have this treat back in the family.
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James taught me how to cook. Too bad there wasn't room for all his great recipes. RIP Maestro Beard.Published 13 months ago by Mamacat