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Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Great recipes/poorly organized

    The recipes are very good but the book not well organized. The recipes are listed by month of publication without regard for whether the item is a main dish, side, dessert etc... There is a general index at the back of the book which helps somewhat but overall is tedious. Also the index is not 100% accurate. I imagine that the cheapest way to go for the publisher is merely to lift the recipes by month and place them in a book rather than doing any kind of sorting (by type of recipe etc...) but I would much rather pay more for the book and have them sorted by main dish, dessert, side etc... This type of sorting is necessary if this book is to be used as an everyday reference. Since today most ingredients are available year round there is litte to be gained by presenting recipes by 'month'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    One of my favorites!

    Some may be discouraged by the fact that this cookbook is organized by the month it was featured in the magazine. However, this actually proves useful when menu planning. Firstly, it usually ensures you are choosing season appropriate menus and ingredients. For example, Holiday foods in the Nov. and Dec. Chapters. You'll find more BBQ recipes in the summer months. Foods that have a season such as pomegranates, winter squash, etc. are always featured moreso in the months they are in season so you will not have a hard time finding them in your grocery store. Many people have gardens where a food comes into season and they have it coming out of their ears. They will love this book because they will be able to refer to the months they are in season and find a plethora of recipes for that item. Another benefit of the format of this book is that they have put the recipes into order, within each month, by the article they were in in the magazine. Consequently, you can plan an entire meal from one article. For example, say they did an article on Mexican food. That means there will be a ton of Mexican recipes grouped together and you can then plan an entire meal from appetizer to dessert just by looking under one subtitle within the month. Some sections involve making a meal out of the ingredients from the night before. How else would you feature that besides right next to each other? In my opinion, there is no better way to organize this book. There are different kinds of indexes in the back if you want to search for recipes in another way. Bottom line, don't let the organization of this book discourage you from buying it. You would be missing out on a fabulous cookbook that has a huge variety of cuisines...all tasty and healthy.

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