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The Complete Book of Entertaining from the Emily Post Institute reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Oh deary, deary me, really! Relax, chill, entertaining is supposed to be fun not a set of rules.
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Anthony Bourdain's "Les Halles" Cookbook: Classic Bistro Cooking reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 2nd November 2009)

I barely made it past the introduction. Bourdain is an insufferably arrogant human being and tragically it comes across in his cookbook. Some of the...
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Soup: A Way of Life reviewed by bunyip

(reviewed 24th January 2010)

A bit of a disappointment. Recipes are not what you call 'doeable' and inclined to exotic ingredients. Nothing in it that you feel like trying. Would be...
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Great Good Food: Luscious Lower-Fat Cooking reviewed by aj12754

(reviewed 2nd February 2010)

I love my cookbooks -- they are like friends in my kitchen -- I read them looking for great recipes, new flavor combos, and useful techniques. The best...
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Mastering the Grill: The Owner's Manual for Outdoor Cooking reviewed by BethNH

(reviewed 16th July 2011)

This is a terrible cookbook. I bought it from Amazon without checking it out first. The layout of the book is terrible. The print is very small and...
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Quiches and Pastries: Le Cordon Bleu : Home Collection reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th December 2011)

Most recipes look like a lot of work, and the results of those I've tested so far weren't necessarily worth it. Not recommended.
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Dutch Delight reviewed by kaye16

(reviewed 5th July 2012)

This book has a cute concept, fun photos and looks at Dutch traditions and food. It's aimed at tourists and was sold for a while in museums, etc. (One...
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Vegetarian Times reviewed by kaye16

(reviewed 27th January 2013)

VT is now publishing recipes from their magazine in DigiMag format, which seems to be some kind of a poor substitute for a real copy of the magazine. Searching...
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Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen reviewed by Catbatty

(reviewed 15th November 2014)

Hopefully this book will be edited/corrected for errors. See reviews at Amazon. Some reviewers suggest that if you bake from the book, do NOT use the metric...
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The Best of Gourmet: Featuring the Flavors of Rome reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 24th September 2009)

This is really not a great book. It has general Italian recipes but nothing special. They are crammed on the page so as to make it hard to use.
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Burgers reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 24th September 2009)

This is a simple collection of variations on the hamburger. It is fun if you are a big fan of burgers but does not offer anything extraordinary.
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Complete Vegetarian reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 2nd October 2009)

I'm not really sure about this cookbook. I've tried two recipes so far, Creamy Lemon Puy Lentils, and Vegetable Pilau, both of which were delicious. The...
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Pure Vegetarian: Modern and Stylish Vegetarian Cooking reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 9th November 2009)

Quite sophisticated cooking and quite a few flavour combinations that I would not have expected; however, most of it too sophisticated to really be of...
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Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook reviewed by marita

(reviewed 17th November 2009)

I don't actually own this book, but have taken it out from the library twice to see if I should buy it. I don't think I will. I find the light grey font...
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Slow Cooker Cookbook: Over 220 No-fuss Delicious One-pot Recipes for Relaxed Preparation reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 29th November 2009)

The recipes sound delicious and look absolutely beautiful – but I am experiencing major problems in prerparing them. The problem is that they are written...
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Easy Food for Kids: Simple Recipes for Child-friendly Food reviewed by Beachbrights

(reviewed 21st December 2009)

Let me first be honest here. I am writing this review while eating a Poptart, so my culinary choices might not be right for reviewing a cookbook but this...
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Persia in Peckham: Recipes from Persepolis reviewed by broadbean

(reviewed 19th January 2010)

This is a fun and interesting book, but the recipes are not very easy to follow. I guess I hadn't realised how much skill goes into writing a recipe until...
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125 Best Vegan Recipes reviewed by weaponxgirl

(reviewed 25th January 2010)

best, is not really the best description of this cookbook. What let this book down for me is the overuse of fake meats and cheese for me. I personaly love...
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It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything reviewed by bunyip

(reviewed 30th January 2010)

Not as amusing as his first book. Steingarten's collossal ego gets a bit out of control IMO.
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Extreme Lo-Carb Meals On The Go: Fast And Fabulous Solutions To Get You Through The Day reviewed by NancyM

(reviewed 21st March 2010)

I may as well jump right in with the features I don't like. If this book had been titled, "Another Cookbook of Low-Carb Recipes, Tips and Information",...
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Banc reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 27th March 2010)

Hard to review as it is a good book, and interesting, but expensive and the only recipe I have made from the book was nothing special for the hours of...
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100 15-Minute Fuss-Free Recipes: Time-Saving Techniques And Shortcuts To Superb Meals In Minutes, Including Breakfasts, Snacks, Main Course Meat, Fish ... Dishes, Plus Dazzlingly Simple Desserts reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th March 2010)

For a large part, this book is somewhat of a cheat - about half of it is filled by sections on basic equipment, a 'Breakfast and Brunch' section with recipes...
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Bread tomato garlic reviewed by wester

(reviewed 29th March 2010)

Some nice ideas, but that's basically all. The book doesn't really add anything to the titles of the recipes.
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Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals: What to Keep on Hand, What to Buy Fresh for the Easiest-Ever 30-Minute Meals reviewed by NSane

(reviewed 30th March 2010)

I love Rachael and she helped me learn how to cook. However, I thought this book was to gimmicky. To be fair, she always talks on her shows about having...
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Small Food: Snack-sized Bites to Share with Friends (Cookery) reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 7th April 2010)

Like all the Murdoch Books that are produced by a team, make sure that once you buy it, you don't accidently buy it again, thinking it is a different book....
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Chinese Vegetable and Vegetarian Cooking reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th April 2010)

Not sure if it is because this book is vegetarian, Cantonese or just too anglicized, but I don't find the recipes very appetising. It was first published...
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One Hundred Famous Chinese Foods (Eng-Chin Ed.) reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th April 2010)

Difficult to review other then a curiosity. The only recipe I tried, nobody particularily liked, and the recipe with "cat or leopard meat" is frankly upsetting...
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Fresh at Home reviewed by wester

(reviewed 19th April 2010)

A bit too vegetarian for my taste, as in: all tofu/beans/grains, and more attention paid to healthiness than to taste. Also, a lot of difficult ingredients...
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Masterchef 1996 reviewed by wester

(reviewed 19th April 2010)

Some Ok ideas, but often overly elaborate.
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American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, Second Edition: A Complete Guide to Reducing Sodium and Fat in Your Diet reviewed by Evedeve

(reviewed 21st April 2010)

so far - not really thrilled with this cookbook - most of the recipes need serious doctoring to be anything but flavorless blah that being said - the...
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Lyndey Milans Fabulous Food reviewed by wester

(reviewed 2nd May 2010)

The book looks good (nice photos etc.), but so far I haven't been inspired to actually make any of the recipes.
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I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking reviewed by sturlington

(reviewed 17th July 2010)

I enjoy Alton Brown's TV show a lot, but I can't say the same for his book. There was a lot of basic information I already knew, so perhaps I had already...
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BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking with Over 200 Magnificent Recipes reviewed by sturlington

(reviewed 17th July 2010)

I have tried a few recipes from this book and not one has turned out successfully. I am surprised given Shirley O. Corriher's reputation.
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Small-Batch Baking reviewed by sturlington

(reviewed 17th July 2010)

Small-batch baking is a good idea but not terribly successful in practice. A lot of work and special equipment are required for what is often not very...
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Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast reviewed by wester

(reviewed 28th August 2010)

I don't seem to use this book much - maybe I'm not authentically Italian enough. The recipes seem a bit fussy.
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Fresh Start: Great Low-fat Recipes, Day-by-day Menus - The Savvy Way to Cook, Eat and Live! (The great good food series) reviewed by wester

(reviewed 6th September 2010)

I don't like diet cookbooks, but sometimes they're necessary. And this one isn't too bad. At least it talks about flavor and not about the "naughtiness"...
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Great Good Food: Luscious Lower-Fat Cooking reviewed by wester

(reviewed 29th September 2010)

If you really want to lower your fat intake, you can do worse than this book. The recipes are still reasonably tasty and quite easy to make with normal...
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Baking reviewed by cadfael

(reviewed 28th October 2010)

There are several editorial mistakes in this book. I tried to contact the publisher and the author re a site I could check for corrections. It is 2 months...
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Mesa Mexicana reviewed by wester

(reviewed 7th November 2010)

I have not found many recipes in here that look inspiring, and the one recipe I made was not much good. Maybe I'll have better luck with the next recipes.
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Book of Tofu reviewed by wester

(reviewed 8th November 2010)

I would have liked a few more recipes on how to cook tofu, not on how to make it, and I would like an occasional recipe without miso. If that's no problem...
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Farm Vegetarian Cook Book reviewed by wester

(reviewed 8th November 2010)

This is not so much a cookbook as it is a guide on how to survive on beans, soy beans especially. It includes how to make your own tofu and tempeh. Very...
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The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food reviewed by aj12754

(reviewed 12th November 2010)

Kind of disappointing -- for a woman who must have lived a very interesting life and known many inventive and engaging chefs, not much of that life actually...
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The Complete Around The World Cookbook (The Speedy Gourmet Library Series) reviewed by wester

(reviewed 14th November 2010)

This one is a bit dated. It tries to use foods that were easy to acquire when it was written, resulting in recipes that make you wonder what ingredients...
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The Classic 1000 Italian Recipes reviewed by Barbara

(reviewed 14th December 2010)

There are lots of recipes in here but some of them vary so little (1 few grams more meat or varying by one ingredient) that they don't deserve separate...
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Ice Cream Handbook reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 13th February 2011)

I'm not too wild about this book. In all fairness, I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but it doesn't give any instructions for people don't own an...
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100 Great Breads reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th February 2011)

I'm slightly disappointed at this book. The recipes look very interesting and vary from simple, straight-forward breads to more out-of-the-range recipes...
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Spices of Life: Piquant Recipes from Africa, Asia and Latin America for Western Kitchens reviewed by wester

(reviewed 5th March 2011)

The (non)organization of the book makes it almost impossible to find recipes. The index only lists the main ingredients (such as potatoes) or the sort...
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How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 24th March 2011)

I'm going to make myself unpopular: I don't like this book, for the simple reason that more than half of the recipes I prepared (well, 3 out of 5) turned...
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SAINSBURY'S COMPLETE VEGETARIAN COOKING. reviewed by moomin_mama

(reviewed 27th March 2011)

Old-fashioned take on vegetarian cooking that often relies a lot on strange combinations (presumably to ensure a balanced mix of food types), and either...
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The Best Ever Vegetarian Cookbook (Best Ever Cooks Collection) reviewed by moomin_mama

(reviewed 29th March 2011)

Good, clear simple instructions and nice photos for each recipe, and a good starting point for vegetarians - nothing too challenging to make or eat. On...
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MACARONS reviewed by carpecookie

(reviewed 15th April 2011)

I was disappointed with this book. I bought it based on the fact that Claire Damon (Paris pastry chef/baker) was listed as the author. This is not true....
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The Moro Cookbook reviewed by Barbara

(reviewed 17th April 2011)

This book gets lots of good press, but for me the jury is still out. I've not been overwhelmed by any of the recipes I've tried so far. For now it gets...
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500 Vegan Recipes: An Amazing Variety of Delicious Recipes, From Chilis and Casseroles to Crumbles, Crisps, and Cookies reviewed by amefree

(reviewed 4th May 2011)

I got this cookbook because I was excited to try the number of seitan based "faux meat" recipes in it. Unfortunately, it seemed as though a number of the...
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New Style Sichuan Cuisine reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 5th July 2011)

Book 2 of the series Chinese Cuisine New Sichuan Flavourous Dishes. Missing Book 1.
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Dishes of Sichuan Characteristic reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 5th July 2011)

Book 3 of the series with ISBN 7563908980.
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Chinese Soups reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th July 2011)

Book 1 of the series with ISBN 7806778322. Not sure of the real title of the book,as the Google translation is a bit odd.
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Nourishing Soups reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th July 2011)

Book 3 of the series with ISBN 7806778322.
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Warming Soups Against Colds reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th July 2011)

Book 4 of the series with ISBN 7806778322.
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Summer Soups reviewed by The Ducks Guts

(reviewed 10th July 2011)

Book 2 of the series with ISBN 7806778322. Book has a blue soup pot.
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Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home reviewed by foodiewife

(reviewed 5th September 2011)

I bought this book at a moment of "greed". Border's Books was closing for good and all books were 40% off. Most of the worthwhile cookbooks had been picked...
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Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen reviewed by sturlington

(reviewed 29th September 2011)

I bought this book on sale, and it shows. Of the three recipes I've tried so far, only one was really worth eating, and it was only so-so. The author over...
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Ripailles reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 28th November 2011)

It's a beautiful book with a lot of very witty illustrations about anything French - but unfortunately, to date most recipes have been disappointing.
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Kürbis reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th December 2011)

A pity. It's a book published in a series by a well-known German publisher of cookbooks (actually the largest one, if I'm guessing right), it looks nice,...
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Tapas. A Culinary Journey of Discovery reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th December 2011)

This book is not identical to the other book called Tapas, written by the same author and published by the same publisher - more than slightly confusing,...
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Tapas reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th December 2011)

This book is not identical to the other book called Tapas. A Culinary Journey of Discovery, written by the same author and published by the same publisher...
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River Cottage Everyday reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 27th December 2011)

I might have had bad luck with the recipes I chose, but they definitely weren't a success, and the instructions weren't that good either...
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Baking by Flavor reviewed by Mrsjru3

(reviewed 17th June 2012)

So far this one is just ok. I will continue to try recipes and update if needed.
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The Seafood Cookbook: Classic to Contemporary reviewed by wester

(reviewed 9th September 2012)

I made two recipes from this cookbook, both disappointing. It's getting one more chance, but three strikes and it's going out.
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Betty Crocker Easy Vegetarian (100 Recipes for the Way You Really Cook) reviewed by Monkey

(reviewed 11th October 2012)

To be fair, I will say that the final products I've made have come out tasting fine. HOWEVER. When they say "easy," they mean EASY. They mean everything...
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The Silver Spoon reviewed by Barbara

(reviewed 4th November 2012)

Supposedly the Italian bible of cooking, and it contains a huge number of recipes, but it's not for begging cooks. The layout is compact, pictures minimal...
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Terrines and Verrines reviewed by aj12754

(reviewed 13th April 2013)

I think an experienced cook could have some fun with this book, but even experienced cooks would need to approach these recipes pretty cautiously. More...
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River Cottage Fruit Every Day! reviewed by bunyip

(reviewed 14th September 2015)

I'm glad I bought this depressing book on special. One expects a bias towards what is available in England, but not the whingeing about the poor quality...
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The School Year Survival Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Sanity-Saving Strategies for Every Family and Every Meal (Even Snacks) reviewed by amarie8

(reviewed 14th October 2017)

Skimming through this book, I was excited. Many of the recipes sounded good, even the ones without photos. I've tried three recipes now, and each has had...
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Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes reviewed by chefaileen

(reviewed 17th February 2009)

Some nice basic sauces. I need to try more things from it to assess further. Good bean dip which I come back to again and again.
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Pastry: Savory and Sweet reviewed by andrew

(reviewed 18th September 2009)

A beautiful looking and very promising book marred by some problems. For now, I'm going to give this a cautious 3 star rating. And that's even though...
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101 Things to Do with a Tortilla reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 24th September 2009)

It contains great simple recipes which are fast and varied enough to get a lot of mileage out of this little book. There is nothing particularly exciting...
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Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 24th September 2009)

This book has some very good home-style Italian recipes. It is large and so somewhat overwhelming for basic dishes but if you are looking to cook something...
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Anyone Can Cook (Better Homes & Gardens) reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 24th September 2009)

This is a great beginner’s cookbook with recipes which span nationality and complexity. There are simple ideas in here which can add variety to your...
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Step by Step Japanese Cooking reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Need an edition check please. I can't find the publisher or ISBN (1845730488) via any of the three sources. p39 "Preparing Dried Foods" p98 "Deep-fried...
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America the majestic: Pictorial cookbook reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Sorted by regions (Pacific North West, New England etc) these recipes are accompanied by sumptuous photographs of both the dishes and the countryside/people.
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The Classic Asian Cookbook reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Good introduction to Asian ingredients, techniques and methods.
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The Australian Heritage Cookbook reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

I don't know how many copies of this book are actually in homes, but if you want one there has been a copy in every second-hand bookshop I've been in for...
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The Australian Gas Cookbook reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Edition check please. My copy ISBN 0908074174 p20 Curried fish soup p80 Jugged Hare p191 Pickled onions eta: no luck with ISBN search either.
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Belle Cuisine (cover: Cuisine Vivante) The International Encyclopedia of New Cuisine reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Worthwhile just for the presentation photos. You eat with your eyes first.
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The Garnishes (Book Of...) reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Stupid Amazon titles and covers! Great little book showing that you don't actually need all those kitchen gadgets. These are mostly things you can do...
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Wonderful Ways to Prepare Curries reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Gloriously dated but does not use "Curry Powder" as an ingredient. The two page spread of "Cup and Spoon replacements for Ounces" is very useful but...
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Cafe Cakes ("Australian Women's Weekly" Mini) reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Stupid, stupid Amazon titles.
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500 recipes for cooking for two reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

500 Recipes for Cooking for Two reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Edition check please. My copy says ISBN 0600317072. Copyright Katie Stewart 1965 Revised edition 1971; reprinted 1972. p24 Pork sausage galantine,...
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Home style Chinese cooking in pictures reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Gorgeous book. HB, DJ. 1977 reprint.
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Taste of Life reviewed by JustJim

(reviewed 25th September 2009)

Nathan Pritikin approved. So what?
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Abita Beer: Cooking Louisiana True reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 2nd November 2009)

A local Louisiana brew put out this cookbook which describes their brewing process, beer tasting techniques, and recipes all involving beer. Most surprising...
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New York Times Cookbook reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 2nd November 2009)

An extremely comprehensive cookbook – nothing special, but there are hundreds of recipes. Most of these are quite easy to make – very clear explanations,...
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Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes reviewed by janepriceestrada

(reviewed 2nd November 2009)

The beauty of this book lies in the history aspects rather than the recipes. It covers New York food by ethnic group, time period, and some specific restaurants....
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Fresh in Winter (Seasonal Cookbooks) reviewed by friederike

(reviewed 9th November 2009)

Quite sophisticated cooking; most of it is too sophisticated to really be of use for daily cooking. What I do like is that most recipes are accompanied...
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The New England Cookbook: 350 Recipies from Town and Country, Land and Sea, Hearth and Home reviewed by bookwoman

(reviewed 14th November 2009)

This is one of my favorite cookbooks - great standard American recipes - everything I have tried has been excellent. Recipes are clear and easy to follow
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Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids reviewed by ginger

(reviewed 15th November 2009)

i can't wait to see what other people have tried...i don't love what i have so far...the kids ate it, but...not a favorite book so far...hope others can...
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First Meals reviewed by Leeka

(reviewed 21st November 2009)

Lovely and inspiring photographs that appeal to kids but some of the recipes are a little too time consuming and fussy for a busy mom.
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Take Two & Butter 'em While they're Hot reviewed by bookwoman

(reviewed 22nd November 2009)

This is a little book I picked up on a trip south. Has stories and recipes from Appalachia. I got it more for the stories than the recipes but discovered...
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Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting the Perfect Funeral reviewed by bookwoman

(reviewed 22nd November 2009)

OK - you get cookbooks for lots of reasons. This one you get because it is very funny. I wouldn't actually use the recipes because they are mostly...
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