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This globe-trotting collection from the Seattle-based cookware chain Sur la Table uses cooking equipment as its inspiration. Authored by Simmons, who writes for Food & Wine and Cooking Light, this book recognizes that having the most suitable tool is critical to fun and successful food preparation. In the opening chapters, Simmons outlines the basic items a home cook should stock, like a peeler and whisk, before moving on to more sophisticated tools, e.g., a karahi (an Indian wok) and mattone (an Italian terra cotta press). From there, the book is organized by implement: a recipe for a chef's torch, for example, is Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes with Bubbling Mozzarella; a pommes anna pan produces, well, Pommes Anna with Herbs and Mushrooms. The recipes appeal to a new cook with their precision, so homemade crepes or fresh sushi will seem accessible, especially with the most suitable tool at hand. (May)
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As clever as it is useful, rich with color photographs, short cuts, and care and cleaning tips. --The Kansas City Star

Must-have book for cooks at every level from the newlyweds to the seasoned cook. --Healthcastle.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740769766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740769764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than pretty pictures like most of the cookbooks today. It was informative and helpful. It made me want to get out some of my more esoteric pieces of cookware (like the cataplana and my Pomme Anna Pan)that I haven't touched in years and redisover them. Sur La Table is one of my favorite places to go to in Seattle and the book captured that wonderful feeling of visiting the store. It would make a very special gift for a cook in your life.
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This really is a hardcover version of the catalog. Burt Wolf's "The New Cook's Catalogue" is a better bet, even if it was published back in 2000. Even "Pierre Franey's Kitchen," though compact and from 1982, is more thorough and useful when it comes to talking about the gear you need and lust for in the kitchen. FYI--Sur La Table's knife book is not much better. Again, see Wolf and Franey.
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exactly as advertised. a good mix of recipes and information, which is great for some like me who doesn't know much about the recipes or the gear involved. pretty cool for those of us who want to learn more but don't have the culinary arts teacher there with us.
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I read some of the other reviews for this book and had to add my opinion. The other reviews talked about the presentation of the book, the corporate tone, etc. All I want to say, is this book has some of the best recipes I've ever eaten! My husband is an amateur chef. He owns 100 cookbooks. He's made some pretty fantastic dishes. He's made about 5 of the recipes in this book so far, and each time, they've been fantastic. 5 star taste. Wonderful. So, for myself, all I care about are the recipes in this book and those are wonderful!
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I enjoy this book for the way it shows me what various kitchen gear is for, and how and what to cook with it. The price I got it at made it a great deal for me, as I enjoy cooking and like to discover new tecniques for the kitchen.

I did remove one star because I just couldn't get away from feeling like Sur La Table was using this as an advertisement for stuff sold in their store, however.
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What an interesting idea: a cookbook that highlights a kitchen gadget and then gives you a recipe or two to try out. So if you've been wondering what to do with that mandoline, this is the book for you. If your best friend gave you a tortilla press for Cinco de Mayo, have this book got the recipe for you! If you love to cook and have wondered whether it was worth getting some of the things you've seen on the cooking shows, take a look at the recipes and decide for yourself if the gadget and the recipe are enough to keep you intriqued.
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This book's layout makes for entertaining, informative reading and would make a nice gift for the foodie in your life. If buying it for yourself, you'll enjoy learning about what makes these special tools so valuable in the kitchen. Enjoyable!
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I love the tips on some pages. I have been cooking for 40+ yrs and thought I knew most everything...not! I have bookmarked quite a few pages with Post-it's. I love reading cookbooks and love that I can get them so inexpensive when I get used ones liste on amazon.
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