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Now among my 10 favorite cookbooks,
This review is from: Neiman Marcus Cookbook (Hardcover)
Chef Garvin treats us to favorites, new and old, and does so with clear, easy to follow recipes. One could wish for far more pictures of the finished dishes rather than store shots, but that doesn't diminish my enthusiasm for this new book. It's worth making space on a crowded shelf for this treasure. It's also a suitable book for nearly any level of cook. The selections are superb, the writing is clear and easy to follow. It proves that recipes need not be fussy to be delicious.
In addition to the world-famous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (the story you've heard is a hoax, according to Chef) which really IS worth the price of admission, I'm enjoying their unique assortment of starter salads and main dish salads. You'll find a recipe for their famous mandarin souffle, timeless soups, intriguing sandwiches, and a very wide range of tastes in entrees. A concern for me, a thrifty shopper, are the prime ingredients of entrees. I very seldom find expensive cuts of meat to be 'better', simply more expensive. This selection allows me a number of reasonable choices, although nearly any of the salads, sandwiches or soups would be considered a meal in our home! Buy the book for the desserts alone...
The book is fairly large format, 10.25" square. It's a classy production, beautifully photographed (again, I lament not having pictures of more of the actual dishes), and with a simple and clear presentation of the recipe preparation. I'm very surprised to find 2 pages that should never have passed an editor, but they won't slow you down. The quality of the book and its recipes overcomes these two pages with blatant mistakes.
In preparation for moving I've packed about 50-60 favorite cookbooks, keeping space for only about 10 in the kitchen. This one stays in the kitchen. It's that good.
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Initial post: Aug 9, 2010, 5:54:40 AM PDT
Try the Sweet Potato Pone in one of the Neiman cookbooks (be sure to grate not shred) and also the Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. Both killers. The pone recipe is a real gem. Both recipes are actually "puddings" despite the pone title. I keep the pone in the fridge to nosh on cold. Luscious. Its up there with tiramisu tastewise in a sophisticated down home comfort food sort of way.
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