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Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World Hardcover – April 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The Chicken Tikka Masala was the first recipe I made from the book. It got the thumbs up from the family in the "would you want me to cook this again" category. I hate to say it but my tried and true BH&G recipe for Chicken Paprikash has been sidelined for the one in this book. Having a number mediterrenean cookbooks I have not been able to find a Hummus recipe that I cared for, the one in this book is so simple and delicious, I have finally found one. Other recipes we have tried ... Mushroom & Herb Crostini is simple and refreshing ... the Italian-Style Meatballs with Tomato Ragu, while a bit more intensive on the preperation side, was another crowd pleaser.
I have many cookbooks but can't say I have one that I go back to time and again to find something new to prepare. I'll pull some meat or poultry out of the freezer and then grab this book to see what I can make with it.
Unfortunately, the book's editing/proofreading isn't quite what it should be. For example, the recipe for German potato salad uses medium potatoes, but has no instruction to peel or cut them. A potato salad with whole medium-sized potatoes? Surely that must be a mistake; the potatoes should either be sliced or cut in eighths. In similar vein, the recipe for lobster bisque never has the lobster meat removed from the shells, and I'm pretty sure that it's supposed to be removed. Several recipes call for "Shoaxing" wine (rather than "Shaoxing"), and there is the occasional use of "it's" where the correct word would be "its". As far as I can tell, the recipes are identical to those which appear on the Saveur web site, though I'm not sure that they're identical to what appeared in the magazine: With respect to the aforementioned lobster bisque recipe, a comment below the web site recipe mentions that the recipe omits details about thickening and finishing; those details might have appeared in the printed magazine.
Indexing is also odd: There are indices by ingredient and by country or region of origin, but there is no index by recipe name. This can be problematic if, for example, you knew you were supposed to make bigos or salmorejo, but you only knew the name of the recipe.
In summary, I like the book a lot, but it's not as good as it could have been.
Recipes included are; snacks, starters and salads, soups and stews, eggs, pasta and noodles, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, vegetables and sides, baked goods and sweets, drinks, with especially interesting variations and region drinks - like 6 Texas cocktails and 6 regional Bloody Marys.
Family favorites have been matzo brei with mushrooms and asparagus, pork loin stuffed with prosciutto and broiled salmon steaks with tomatoes, onions and tarragon.
It is not an all encompassing book, but one that will give some different recipes than one might normally serve. This book is not necessarily for the beginning cooks, however the recipes are not that difficult or complicated and with the help given in the sidebars a beginning determined cook could learn a lot. It would be a good addition to a cookbook collection or for those who wish to take their comfort food up to the next level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered for a birthday present for sister who loves to cook. Has an amazing amount of recipes that seem tried and true. Since gifting, she has used it at least once a week.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Essential home cooking. This is the go to book for dinner parties, soirees and flash dos! The recipes are based on the original version of the dish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by d m murphy
I really like this cookbook. There is a tremendous choice of what to make, so each meal can be different.It is easy to navigate.
One of our favorites is the picadillo. Read more
Most of the Recipes are too sophisticated, dishes I would not prepare. I have returned this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just love this food as it cover traditional dishes from all around the world. It helps me a lot to improve my knowledge.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book at an awesome price..super happy..it's recipes that I can put into use no matter the situation. Be it catering, lunch, dinner, dessert.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been a Saveur subscriber for over 25 years, and to have all these wonderful recipes in one place is truly excellent. I'll use this book a lot.Published 4 months ago by Wind Dancer