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Tips Cooks Love: Over 500 Tips, Techniques, and Shortcuts That Will Make You a Better Cook! Paperback – October 20, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!)
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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Received this book promptly, as promised. Packaging was very good so book was also in good condition. Have used some of the tips from this book. Like having it on hand for tips!Published on March 26, 2014 by Sunflowerlady
The information contained in the book is pretty basic advice; bought to give as a gift, it really is for the novice cook...Well written.Published on June 10, 2013 by jafb
Tips are good and well written. Hits on just about every topic for things that are important! It is a great gift for anyone! And it is easy to read.Published on February 2, 2013 by David Mellow
I bought two so that I'd have an extra copy for friends/family gifts. Great cost. Very informative. Fun to usePublished on December 27, 2012 by Luke Joseph
A quick and easy reference that is easy to use... I chose to read the whole book! Fun and helpfulPublished on December 16, 2012 by Carrie Statt
In alphabetical order, Rick Rodgers discusses facts about many different topics related to cooking. This might include definitions and even histories such as brining. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Larry
My philosophy regarding tip books is this - if you find one good tip within the covers, the book is worthwhile. "Tips Cooks Love" certainly meets the threshold. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by alost
I do like this fat, little book of cooking and food tips. I like it so much that I also then bought a copy as a birthday gift for my sister! Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer