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Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen Hardcover – March 3, 2009
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Who will love this book: Moderns and "country" cooks who enjoy the process of cooking and the time spent with family will love the ideas, photographs and suggestions. The pictures are reminiscent of a rustic style home in the country with a family featured throughout working together on the recipes. Whether most children would eat some of these recipes largely depends on your family. The food has an appeal as it is all "from scratch" and relies on whole foods and real ingredients to a large extent, however whole foods are not necessarily low-fat or whole grain. If you're opposed to packages mixes and the like, this is your style.
Who will not like this book: The health-conscious, whole-grain oriented, anti-sugar, modern, in a hurry to get dinner on the table, stressed-out mom with picky eaters. The recipes are a mix of old school and ethnic-flare, which is nice. However, if your kids are the mac 'n' cheese or pizza type, they will not eat most of these. Also, meal prep is way too long and the emphasis is on taking time to enjoy the preparation, rather than a quick meal, which is what the majority of moms I know are concerned about. The proverbial "soccer mom" will enjoy the pictures and never use the recipes. Also, most bread recipes rely on white flour and sugar is used without reservation.Read more ›
I do have two quibbles with the book. I would label them "minor" but they are not. My academic background is in medical science and I've had lots of experience in medical microbiology. First, Sinskey recommends cooking pork chops "until light pink in the center" - pg. 215. I have huge problems with that. Current USDA regulations state that pork needs to be cooked to only 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, CDC recommendations for pork are that it be cooked to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. The cysts that lead to trichinosis (found in pork and bear) are not killed at temperatures under 165 degrees Fahrenheit or so. Trichinosis is relatively rare in the US - about a dozen cases a year - but it is fairly common elsewhere. And it is deadly. Since so much of our food supply these days comes from outside of the US, I am hardpressed to consume pink pork and certainly would never recommend that anyone else do so.
My second quibble is similar. Sinskey includes instructions for producing your own homemade sourdough starter by catching a wild yeast. She starts with a bunch of grapes. (The bloom on the grapes contains yeast.Read more ›
If you find baking a loaf of bread to be too much of a time commitment, you need to overhall your mindset about cooking or skip this book. This book is about relationships, slowing down, and savoring the bountiful food we have available to us in season.
You will be enchanted by the photos (of which there are tons) and impressed by the fact that the author, her husband and her two children grace all the pages. You get to see them in action, cooking, engaging each other and making homemade stick to the ribs food.
I wouldn't call the recipes hyper healthful, and on the flip side I wouldn't categorize them as decadent and unhealthy. This book is all about seasonal comforts, tried and true delicious food. It spans a wide range of tastes, flavors, and food moods.
There are some rich foods, some light and fresh foods, and some strange and welcome recipes- such as marshmallows! I was sold when I saw the star shaped marshmallows bobbing around in a cup of hot chocolate.
I think the most impressive aspect of the book (and unique!) is that the author builds on each recipe.Read more ›
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I'm a collector of cookbooks - old and new - and this is by far my favorite one! I love the way Maria cradles food, respects ingredients and raised her family on such wholesome... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen
Better than new with library transparent cover. Thank you!Published 3 months ago by Carol L. Pollard
I own quite many cookbooks from different countries and I am very pleased with this addiction.
Well writing, nice pictures. Good recipes. Read more
Love this book and came in great condition as I ex[expected!Published on August 22, 2014 by Vicky A. Pearson
Enjoying this cook book. Love the selection of recipes. Love the homemade marshmellow recipe. . Reading this book you know she cooks with her family. A lot of information in here. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by monalisa ingram
Great book. A must have. Wonderful recipes easy too Great pictures. Chicken and rice recipe was so easy and delicious ...and one porPublished on February 7, 2013 by Janelle
I really love this cook book. The descriptions are very easy to follow for making your own cheese, bacon, pickles...and such. Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by linzelu100