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Posted March 2, 2007
If I could have given this 3.5 stars I would have. It is better than okay, and I would recommend it to someone that wants recipies that will make enough for more than 4 people. But, if you're looking for healthy fare, this might not be the way to go. The chicken fried over salt pork, for example, was sure tasty, but I wouldn't give it to my kids every week. Every recipe I've tried so far has been tasty and easy. There are some truly unusual recipes in here. As I said tho, a lot of them are not exactly on the healthy side. I guess if you're cooking for a room full of folks it would be too expensive to use skinless chicken breast instead of the whole shebang. That being said, the reicpies are none too complicated and call for good old fashioned ingredients that won't be too hard to find. In reading thru the book there were only a couple of times that I thought I wouldn't be able to find all the required items. What I think is handiest about this cookbook, and was, in fact the reason I bot it...is that a lot of the recipies are for 6-8 people...which means they're great for holiday time. I mean why does every cookbook make a meal for 4 people? There is also a small section in the back for really really big recipies...I mean the ones where you're feeding 20+ people. I guess these are handy, but do you really need to know how to multiply out making spaghetti sauce? I'm no chef, but spaghetti sauce is a matter of throwing in a pinch or a handfull. What I mean to say, is that some things are easy enough to make bigger or smaller on your own by multiplying or dividing the ingredients. All it takes is a little gumption and willingness to throw caution (and the measuring spoons) to the wind!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2002
A one of a kind cookbook
I collect cookbooks and was really surprised when I went through this one. I expected just another boring book with generic recipes adapted from other books. What I found was a real treat - recipes for dishes I had never heard of, and most of them call for ingredients that most everyone already has in their kitchen. I made the Broccoli and Cheese Casserole today and we loved it. I'm also looking forward to the Impossible Pumpkin Pie (called that because the baking mix in the ingredients somehow forms a bottom crust during cooking), and the Forgotten Cookies, (which are left in the oven overnight). Among the special features it has is family-size recipes that serve 6-8 people, table of cooking equivalents, cooking shortcuts, recipes to feed a crowd of 15 or 100, and over 150 cakes, cookies, pies, and puddings. It is well organized and packed with old-fashioned goodness. The only bad part is that it didn't have even more recipes than it did. I am already hoping for a second edition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.