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Dec 27, 2004 08:43 AM

Gourmet's big yellow book? To keep or not to keep...

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Got Gourmet's new cookbook for Christmas and am deciding on whether I should keep it. Does anyone have it?

Would love to hear what you all think of it. Also- if anyone has a favorite recipe ?


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  1. ISTM that it depends a lot on your current cookbook collection. If you have a lot of omnibus cookbooks, maybe you don't need it. But I'd keep it--it's gotten very good reviews and seems to be more creative than some of the competition.

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    1. re: Chris

      I received a copy of the new GOURMET cookbook, and I'd definitely say it's a keeper!

      I also got MARCELLA SAYS, which I'm halfway through, and it's just marvelous. Also got Anthony Bourdain's LES HALLES cookbook and Anya von Bremzen's THE GREATEST DISHES: Around the World in 80 Dishes, both of which I'm really looking forward to.

      Merry merry!

      1. re: Tom Steele

        I got Frank Stitt's book, Frank Stitt's Southern Table. It is fabulous. I expected it to be so, his restaurant, Highlands is fantastic. It was number one on my wish list. Yes, merry merry!

        1. re: Candy

          I bought my own food books with gift certificates:
          Larousse Gastronomique
          On Food and Cooking revised
          Both of which I have been lusting after for a goodly number of years
          Coming Home to Eat
          nonfiction about a guy who tries to eat 80% of foods that come from within 250 miles of his home. It is a little preachy but an interesting concept.

      2. re: Chris

        I too received it for Christmas - Santa read my list.

        I've read through half of it (I'm one of those people who treats a cookbook like a novel). I was impressed by the fact that there are an unusually low number of recipes that I wouldn't even consider making. Usually a cookbook will fall into the 40-60 ratio (either I'd make 40 percent and ignore the other 60 or vice versa). Most of the recipes looked quite worthwhile.

        The biggest beef with the book, from what I read on Amazon, is the goofy yellow ink used in the headings. I must have one of the later editions because I didn't have any problems reading it.