Family - General Cooking
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Tue Apr 17 00:00:00 MDT 2007jennifer62526 Rating:5.0
Excellent book! Best I've purchesed in a long time. Paula Deen Celebrates has great recipes and even better comentary from herself and her family! Overstock's price was also better than I found in the stores and on other websites.
Mon Nov 16 00:00:00 MST 2009buggsnme2 Rating:4.0
this was purchased as a gift, so I won't know much about the operational part until they have a chance to try it out. The finish of the press is a nice shiny red, which will look good when left out on the counter. It is smaller, I would say would only make one sandwich at a time, which is perfect for the people I got it for. If you have a larger family, it may not be big enough for you. Overall, a great item for a couple or single person
Tue Nov 19 00:00:00 MST 201311midwest22 Rating:5.0
For beginner through experienced. Quality cookbook. Good sensible instructions that clearly have been tested before written. Good practical everyday and special occasion advice on cooking ordinary family food. Nothing exotic that your family wouldn't eat. Good home cooking instructions. Good gift for novices! Will get them started correctly.
Thu Jun 19 00:00:00 MDT 2008subedoo Rating:5.0
This cookbook is not full of fancy foods that a regular family wouldn't eat. It¿s full of sensible, tasty and healthy recipes, geared toward someone who is trying to lose a few pounds. The recipes are useful and are modeled, in many cases, after high calorie, high fat originals. This is one book that is perfect for the single person as most of the recipes are for single or double servings. It is well written and I even gave it 5 stars for Entertainment value -- the author is humorous and "real." The book is full of little known tidbits of information on subjects relating to the recipe. It includes some color photos, but not every recipe includes a photo. I would have liked a photo with every recipe, but perhaps that would have made the production costs too high. They do offer a website where you can see photos of all the recipes, which is a nice, no-cost alternative. This book is not written by Weightwatchers but there are several recipes that were created with the help of WW. All recipes include the nutritional information so points values (if you are following the WW plan) can be figured easily. I can honestly say this is one cookbook I'll use often. It¿s so useful, it would be good for anyone, whether they are dieting or not. It is good lifestyle practice to use low-fat and healthy recipes. This book makes it easy.
Wed Nov 26 00:00:00 MST 2014sealbeach444 Rating:2.0
Absolutely NOT a great cookbook. I had seen several Pollan family members on television programs promoting the cookbook and thought it would be a great addition to my collection of 164 great cookbooks. The recipes are nothing special or anything more than a version of a recipe we all make in our own homes..............Just a big let down. I am going to donate this one to Good Will.......
Mon Apr 08 00:00:00 MDT 2013indiana12 Rating:4.0
As a young person trying to learn to cook more than just Spaghettios and Totinos Crisp Crust Pizza, this book is a great first step. From how to properly cook an egg all the way to making your own curry paste, this is a very thorough but concise way to learn the essentials and more. I would recommend it to my friends and family. The only downside is that this book is written more for families than for a single person so if you're on your own, don't forget to divide the ingredients as needed. I learned this after making a pasta dish that will now sustain me for at least another week.
Wed Jan 25 00:00:00 MST 2012evergreen Rating:5.0
I'm working through this book and am surprised by the all the down to earth recipes that I know a busy family would eat. I've tried several. The standout is the full page color picture of each recipe on the left side of the page along with the full page recipe on the right side. They didn't try to cram too many recipes into the book. Emphasis is on qualify non-complicated recipes that make sense. Glad I bought it. If you like the ease of setting up your crockpot in the morning before the start of a busy day, it's a keeper.
Wed Jan 04 00:00:00 MST 2012writerjudd Rating:5.0
Every kitchen needs this book. For that matter, every family needs it. I'm continually surprised by how good yet simple these recipes are and how much my family has benefited from enjoying them together at dinner.
Wed Dec 30 00:00:00 MST 2009mermaidvta Rating:5.0
A great book for when you are planning a party or just making a meal for your family! Also, makes a great gift, too.
Thu Dec 18 00:00:00 MST 2014moonpie72 Rating:5.0
I truly enjoy giving gifts, especially baked ones. Not many people bake nowadays or make special dishes because they are so busy with work and family activities. This is one of the reasons I was so interested in this book. I must admit the “gourmet” was a little intimidating at first. I imagined 10 step recipes with uncommon ingredients and odd combinations. Boy was I wrong and pleasantly surprised! While the recipes require a little extra effort to make them special, nothing was labor intensive. Ingredients were common and easy to find. Nothing is “strange” or bizarre. I found the recipes to be easy to make and tasty, with an extra attention to detail. It is a beautiful cookbook! It did not have a lot of pictures of the finished product which I would have liked, but the author more than made up for it in her attention to detail and bonus ideas not usually seen in cookbooks. The cookbook is divided into 6 sections: small tokens, big batches, pennywise, pound foolish (special recipes for the person who has everything), feel better (gifts to nurture and comfort), and special delivery (gifts to mail). The latter As you can see the chapters are creative, but wait till you see the recipes! I especially liked the section at the end of each recipe named “wrap it up.” Here the author not only gives you a clever, imaginative idea to package and present your gift. This includes instructions and a list of supplies you will need. Every recipe tells you the preparation time, degree of difficulty, cost range, if it can be frozen or shipped, if the recipe can be tripled or doubled and the shelf life. I really appreciated the last detail. I hate to bake gifts and not know how far ahead I can make them or how soon the recipient needs to eat them. This is an exceptional cookbook! A treasure to own! I received this book free from HARVARD COMMON PRESS which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 MST 2007vonn09 Rating:5.0
This is a Fantastic Cookbook. I have even bought it for some family members. His recipes are mouth watering. I highly recommend this cookbook, especially if your looking for new ways to spice up your meals. Thanks MR. Garvin for keeping it real.
Mon Nov 26 00:00:00 MST 2007Rating:4.0
I love the barefoot contessa! This is my least favorite of the collection of cookbooks. The recipes are great, and the photos are wonderful, but alot of the meals in this cookbook aren't really sensible family meals. Great for families with more refined taste maybe.
Wed Nov 02 00:00:00 MDT 2011lovedollie Rating:5.0
I purchased several and gave them to family members and friends. Great receipes and pictures. Everyone loved it.
Mon Jan 25 00:00:00 MST 2010djjnsn Rating:5.0
I purchased this cookbook for my brother-in-law who recently purchased a house and has never cooked. When I received the book I flipped through it and found some excellent recipes! Many of the recipes and what my family considers comfort food, and some would even be suitable for company. Very easy to read and categorized nicely. A great starter cookcook!
Sat Jun 28 00:00:00 MDT 2008roslynn Rating:5.0
This is my favorite cookbook. Everything that I have tried has been great. I always choose something from it when I have a school function or potluck. People always ask for the recipe for whatever it is. You won't be sorry. Her stories are cute and I love her doctor tips. I am just ordering 2 more for family members. I did not like her dinner doctor book though just the cake books. I have this one and the chocolate.
Thu Jul 30 00:00:00 MDT 2009autumnsue Rating:5.0
I had heard of this book before purchasing it, on a talk show or something and was curious. I purchased the book which arrived in excellent condition and for much less than it was listed elsewhere online. I was instantly wanting to get baking. I made one of the cakes and took it to a family party. Let's just say my cake was very much appreciated by all. I had to give out the recipe!! Loved it! Recommend to anyone who likes to "wow" with little effort, after all, every cake recipe starts out with boxed cake mix.
Mon May 24 00:00:00 MDT 2010janetsmom Rating:4.0
Mills and Ross have written a cookbook perfect for today's economy and my cupboard. The list of ingredients for each recipe is short with familiar ingredients. The instructions are wonderful, and the results very reliable and tasty. Their recipes are geared towards a family with children, so adults may prefer to increase the measure of spicy ingredients a bit. This is a perfect cookbook for a child leaving home or for a young couple's wedding/shower gift. It isn't fancy, but it is very useful.
Thu Jul 23 00:00:00 MDT 2009bopn Rating:1.0
Don't bother spending money on this book. I was able to read most of it in 2 hours because there was little of substance there. Common sense and searching the internet will provide you with most of the information found in this book. I was hoping for more specific information on food storage including recommended amounts of basics per person. Instead the author provides blank pages for you to record what your family eats for a week and then tells you to calculate out the ingredients for a year. She also stresses that you put away in storage the typical foods your family eats so they will not get bored with the basics. Now I might have this wrong as I have never had to do this, but wouldn't you and your family switch to an "eat to live" type of mentality if faced with such a severe crisis? My family is not accustomed to eating canned meats and vegetables, powdered milk, eggs and butter but I think we would have to accept it if that is all that would be available to us. I simply got tired of her telling the same things over and over again.I was also looking for for ideas on how and where to store all of the supplies suggested. We live in a large house but unless I am willing to put the shelves pictured in the book in my living room, it offered little help. There were plenty of check lists provided and some recipes. But in glancing over the recipes, I noticed one for sweetened condensed milk that didn't specify quantity of sugar when the directions clearly indicated it was to be used.
Thu Jan 17 00:00:00 MST 2008sweettangerine Rating:4.0
I really like this cookbook. Lots of Great Tips!! And very tasty recipes and you don't have to use salt. Sweet Potato Chili Soup was easy and didn't take long to cook and TASTE GREAT! The lemon bars are good too, but please share this dish with family and friends so that you don't get all the calories that go with that recipe. Taste Everything and Eat Nothing!!!
Mon Nov 07 00:00:00 MST 2011coolbutcruel Rating:5.0
I am a basic baker, studied cakes during my teen years but is fascinated with bread dough lately. I don't really bake often but when i do, i would research for quality recipe and ingredients. I bought this with another pizza book by M. Sciccolone. I prepared same Napoletana dough recipe from each 'coz it's my favorite, tested my friends and family, and immediately got the same response from each them. They all chose The American Pie dough. (We are not biased since we don't even know these authors.) I still kept the other pizza book 'coz it had recipes for calzone and such. Crust-wise, this is the winner. About the book, there are 2 parts: The Hunt, which chronicled his research/travvel for the best pizza, and The Recipes which is the dough, sauces and toppings, and the pizza. If you can bake bread, then it's a breeze to follow. For beginners, this would have tons of information about dough. It may be time-consuming as with bread doughs but if you follow the recipes to the T, you would rival the top restaurant's pizza.
Tue Dec 15 00:00:00 MST 2009jackrussellnut Rating:5.0
This is a cookbook that lives up to the media mentionings, positive reviews and hype. The pictures are luscious; the recipes are great for someone who is learning to cook or a (pardon the pun...) seasoned chef. It never assumes anything. It's not condescending or assuming and Thomas Keller went to a lot of trouble to sound sincere and accessible. This is my "go-to" cookbook now and has crowded out the other 200+ I have collected. It has emerged as a stellar favorite! You will never regret purchasing this cookbook. And if you get a chance - go to his restaurant...it's an inspired cookbook with emphasis on family style. Which means - even for people with a small household - you get the benefit of making a meal to share or a meal that can go in the freezer or vacuum bags. Cook once; eat twice. I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH this CONCISE, inventive and fresh take on comfort cuisine. My family loves it, too. Buying more right NOW! p.s. It helps you with technical info, too. If you don't know how to break down a chicken or string truss a roast - you will learn all these handy tricks!
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