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Sur La Table is the trusted authority when it comes to all things cooking related. Sur La Table entices aficionados and curious beginners alike with its amazing selection of cookware, bakeware, tools, cookbooks, and cooking school programs designed to make any cook's life easier. They have coauthored nine cookbooks including The Art and Soul of Baking (2008), which received the 2009 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking, was chosen by Gourmet magazine as a book club selection, and was nominated for 2009 baking book of the year by the James Beard Foundation. Baking Kids Love (2009) was also nominated for a 2010 IACP Cookbook Award for Kids/Family Cookbooks. The original store and headquarters are in Seattle, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740783440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740783449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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By Charles Nordlander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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The field of "cooking tips" books is a crowded one, which already includes the superb "834 Kitchen Quick Tips" from Cooks Illustrated to choose but one example. So the real question is, "How does 'Tips Cooks Love' stack up to the competition?" Speaking as a decent cook, myself, and as the owner of an extensive kitchen library, my tip to cooks would be, "Pass this one by." I have two main complaints about this attractively packaged volume:

First, the organization, apart from being alphabetical, seems completely haphazard. There appears to have been no guiding editorial voice in choosing what went into the book vs. what was left out, or in the amount of information for each entry. So, for example, you get more than two full PAGES of info (almost none of it "tips") for balsamic vinegar--that's more than the book devotes to key cooking topics like roasting or grilling--but there's no entry in "B" at all for a widely used cooking ingredient like basil.

Second--and this is my main complaint--while this is titled as a "tips" book, it is really a hodgepodge of dictionary, encyclopedia, recipes (which are the longest entries in the book, running up to four pages each) and yes, some tips. In short, it's a book that doesn't know what it wants to be, and ends up master of none, especially as the tips book it claims to be. Plus, there is far too much information in this book that falls into the ridiculously obvious, "D'uh" category. For example, in the info about "rice cookers" (which could actually be packed with useful, time-saving tips), you'll learn instead that this appliance "was originally created for Asian families who eat rice three times a day." REALLY? Trust me: that's just one of many examples you'll find of eye-roll inducing stupidity in this book.
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Many of the tips were new to my wife and I; others were of the 'doesn't everyone know that' type; and then there were those slap yourself 'I'd forgotten that!' tips that we used to know. I won't admit how many there were in the third category - our memories aren't slow, just deliberate.

Though the tips are presented in alphabetical order, there is also a much needed index - some of the tips aren't intuitively posted. For example - instead of putting the 'mile-high apple pie' recipe with apples or under 'M', it is under 'P' for pie (though it is cross-referenced under apples). In the index it's listed under apple pies; pies; and mile-high apple pie.

This is not a recipe book or encyclopedia. It is a book of tips. There is a lot lacking. For example: 'Vanilla" has two pages about working with vanilla beans but nothing about extract (real or artificial).

I was impressed by the 'goodies' that were included like: a chart of baking pan volumes (I'm sure I could do the math without it - cough! cough!); volume equivalents; and an ounces per cup chart.

The inclusion of pots & pans; bake ware; and utensils was a nice touch as well. Like too many of this type of book on our shelves, this is not a 'must-have'. It definitely is a 'nice-to-have'. And, most of all, this would make a great gift for folks in their first homes or apartments. (That'll keep them from stealing yours!)
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I rather enjoyed reading parts of this book, but I'm not sure what purpose it actually serves. Tips? A few, yes. But the alphabetical organization and spotty coverage of topics, combined with the fact that many "tips" are VERY lengthy "articles" on the history and/or usage of an item make it somewhat difficult to discover anything that can be put to use in the kitchen NOW.

This might be the perfect "bathroom reading" book -- something to digest piecemeal in short reading sessions. But I didn't find it particularly useful as a reference, and the mixture of articles, "tips," and recipes makes it difficult to pin down.

An odd, if somewhat interesting, little book, indeed.
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I bought this book for a friend who's a fledgling cook. I went to Sur La Table and spent $15.99 plus tax (hey, my friend's worth it). Imagine how silly I felt when she told me that 1) she loved it, and 2) she got it ever so inexpensively at Amazon for her daughter. I looked at the price and thought..."next time, check Amazon first." The book itself is full of fun and interesting tips, techniques, and terms that you may have heard but were too intimidated to ask about. This is a "must have" for every cook's bookshelf.
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This is a must have for any home cook! I like to think I am a pretty good cook/baker but there are tips in here I would have never thought of, so helpful, things I didn't even know about,
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How to cut a mango
Adding brown sugar to make brownies amazingly chewy!
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It's one thing to follow a recipe, but it's quite another to implement the steps in a way an accomplished and experienced cook and this is where Tips Cooks Love comes in. Is you aspire to be a more successful domestic chef, then I enthusiastically recommend this book. It is filled with all of those important details that you tend not to find in cookbooks, even with those with the best documented recipes. The book does what it promises. It will make you a better cook. I didn't give it 5 stars for no fault of the book ... it's really just the fact that this little volume is often the one thing I fail to fetch when I am following a new recipe. Maybe I should give me 4 stars and this little gem 5.
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