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Posted September 22, 2006
Chez Bernice has become my favorite cookbook. The recipes really are easy and fabulous -- I was amazed at the impressive meals I could turn out with such little effort. And the Rich Brownies are worth the price of the book alone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2006
This is the perfect cookbook for both the novice cook, and those who want to cook for company, but don't want to ruin the party by spending the whole time in the kitchen. The recipes are eclectic - ranging from Mediterranean salads to Spanish soups to chicken chili (my personal favorite). But the dishes are widely appealing, easy to prepare, and made with familiar ingredients you can find in any grocery store.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2006
I recently received this cookbook as a gift, and have found it to be one of the best I've used. The recipes are wonderful and include a well chosen variety of appetizers, main courses, desserts and some terrific specialty dishes that make you look like a real pro in the kitchen (but they're easy to make). Most importantly, this is one of the few cookbooks I've found with a full selection of healthy recipes that taste wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys cooking and loves good food.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2006
My copy of Joy of Cooking is stained, tattered, torn, burned, and, my ex-boyfriend says, ready for the recycling bin (never - but he was, merely for suggesting it!). But that's because I've used it to death, and I rely on it as if my life as a self-respecting cook depended on it. Chez Bernice has freed me from the chains of strict recipe adherence, and now it is my go-to source for quick and delicious meals. Bernice's recipes are surprisingly simple, and when I first got the book I feared the flavors would be as well. But the resulting dishes are complex, healthy, and, in a word, fabulous. I attend monthly dinner parties, and last month everything I prepared was from this book - and I *still* get emails from friends asking for recipes. My garlic green beans were great, but no one ever asked me how to make them. Bernice's turkey chili, on the other hand, has my Inbox full now that autumn is setting in and hearty meals are craved. Best of all, Bernice has encouraged me to trust myself and my own taste, and explore simple cooking without being bound to the book. She suggests variations to cater to varying market availabilities and guest palates, and she inserts invaluable tips throughout the book that minimize time in the kitchen. In sum, Bernice has helped further my palate and my abilities in the kitchen, and for that alone, I was inspired to review this book - something I have yet to do for my beat-up Joy of Cooking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.