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Not What It Used To Be...
on May 14, 2013
Way back when, I remember getting my very first copy of "The Joy of Cooking." When my sister got married, I gave my copy, along with all my notes, to her. She still has it. It's just one of those kind of books.
Then, one day, my husband decided he wanted to learn what you might call principle-based cooking. Now, he's always been a good cook, but he's one of those that has lots of recipes written down on paper and clipped together in a binder, plus everything he has memorized. First thing I thought of was getting him his own copy of "Joy." Happily, I got a set of Julia's to go along with it.
After a couple of perusals, I have to say I'm quite surprised that either the publisher or author sent this to press. As a girl who sincerely loved her old copy, the first thing I noticed is it's lost so much of its charm, and the tried and true feeling that went along with it. On looking closer, I noticed it's missing a lot of basic information, like what cuts of meat are good for such and such type of cooking. Then came the really bad news. There are the mistakes, lots of them. I feel like it's necessary double-check a recipe before preparing it. In a cookbook that's a big problem.
All in all, I'm awfully glad to have gotten Julia's books along with it.
As for this one, personally, I'd have to recommend getting an older one, or waiting for re-publication with error-fixes.