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Ad Hoc at Home

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

My new favorite.

I own all of Thomas Keller's cookbooks. They are beautiful and contain some of the most impressive recipes. Typically, though, the recipes are not for the novice home cook. They are composed dishes for people with full pantries and an entire day to cook.

Ad Hoc At H...
I own all of Thomas Keller's cookbooks. They are beautiful and contain some of the most impressive recipes. Typically, though, the recipes are not for the novice home cook. They are composed dishes for people with full pantries and an entire day to cook.

Ad Hoc At Home is by far the most user friendly cookbook I've seen from Keller. The recipes are still on the gourmet side (no opening of cans and dumping contents into a pot) but they are as simple as from scratch cooking can be. With several of the recipes, they are followed with another recipe that uses the leftovers, ie, shortribs and then a beef stew. Roast chicken and then chicken pot pie.

The pictures are beautiful, there are step by step instructions/photos for some of the methods used (trussing or cutting a whole chicken into pieces) and chef Keller has included several little helpful hints and tidbits to make the process easier.

This would be a fantastic addition for anyone who appreciates gourmet cooking but doesn't want to be overwhelmed with preparation and ingredients.

posted by Azizeh on November 10, 2009

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3 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Sad disappointment

Cookbooks are wonderful. I really enjoy cooking, and as I rush through meals during the week, I love picking something new out to make on a leisurely weekend. Since this book was sold out everywhere and got rave reviews, I knew this was the next one I needed to add to...
Cookbooks are wonderful. I really enjoy cooking, and as I rush through meals during the week, I love picking something new out to make on a leisurely weekend. Since this book was sold out everywhere and got rave reviews, I knew this was the next one I needed to add to my collection.

Hmmm. When it arrived, it was huge, and heavy. A coffee table book? Not the size or weight to easily be perched up in the kitchen while cooking. A quick flip through the pages was very disappointing. There wasn't a single picture that caught my eye.

I sat down with this book four separate times and each time I had the same experience. Not one picture of a finished dish - or even a shot of any of the raw ingredients - was appetizing. Some were downright UNappetizing - the ladle of soup on page 111, the fish on page 99 or the lamb meatballs on page 175, for instance. They even made cheese and ice cream look unappetizing.

If I am to be drawn to the recipes by the delicious-looking pictures, I have to say I was not. I want to point to a picture, already salivating at the thought of tasting whatever I see, anxious to put it together and deliver it to the hungry table. Nothing here did that. Perhaps if there were NO pictures, I would be moved to sort through the recipes and pick out something that sounded good. But, instead, the book went back on my shelf, perhaps forever. To quote the author, (page 87) 'that's how I roll'.

So, in my opinion, it failed as both an art book and a cookbook. I am sure the experience was different for each person; this was mine.

posted by Badelf on February 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    Great Cookbook

    This is a great cookbook to add to your collection. Some of the recipes are quick and easy while others take more preparation including staple ingredients that are timely to prepare. Fabulous pictures and educational tips for cooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Good for someone already familiar with cooking

    I bought this as a gift for my son, who has been working for several years as a chef, but with no formal training. Below are his comments:

    "I like the book a lot, and as far as difficulty I'd say there's a variety. What I've probably used the most so far is the little reference section of basics at the back. I would also say the book has a lot of valuable information besides the actual recipes, which I like since I tend to modify most recipes anyway. And the graphic/print design of the book is also one of my favorite parts."

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