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More Cooking Than Anyone Could Do!
 from Pittsburgh, PA,  Nov 28, 2011

There were two versions of this cookbook on O's website, one priced slightly more than the other, one with an image of the book and one without (newer posting). When I checked the ISBN numbers on the web I found the more expensive one has been updated with 2012 recipes, so I bought that version. It seems they may have updated the book at least twice now since the first printing, so it may get updated annually. Book arrived fast and as advertised, and at the lowest price I could find on the web at the time. I don't know if it has every Test Kitchen recipe, as some say not, but it's a heck of a lot of recipe's, more than I'll ever make. The recipes are well written, easy to follow (though often recommend food processors, mixers, Dutch ovens and special pans, which often can be worked around if you don't have a specific item). For this non-cook, I expect it will be very useful...I no longer feel like I don't know how to cook for guests, I can just follow the directions. Test Kitchen makes a recipe a zillion different ways to get the best recipes, so all the testing is done for us, we can just make the best version right out of the book. Some are complicated, but they also have MANY easy recipes (single skillet). There is a recipe for just about anything I might ever want to make. The book itself is nicely laid out, organized and categorized, and especially helpful are TK's recommendations on specific cooking products (hardware, consumables, edibles). The overall font is a little small and the recipes run into each other (that is, they are not on separate pages), which is necessary to get so much information into a book of reasonable size. Still, the book might be a bit large for kitchen use while actually cooking. Unless you are using a book stand, you may want to copy more complicated recipes for use in the kitchen, so the book doesn't get messed up. Binding looks a little cheap (the book was inexpensive), it may or may not fall apart over time. The paper was nice quality, with lots of color pictures (most every page had helpful pictures of many (most?) of the dishes,and even for doing more complicated steps within the recipes). The side of the book had some excess binding glue spill out to the side (page edges), but that was easily rubbed of, and the pages don't seem to stick at all. So, the binding may not be the best, but nothing bad. I'm just not sure how it well it will hold up to years of use. Overall, the product meets my expectations, I think it was a good purchase.

  • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? No Image when I bought the New Book
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Product was exactly as advertised
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality is OK, not the best binding job
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