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May 24, 2007 06:01 PM

Online source for cookbook reviews?

Is there a site or blog that critiques cookbooks--old and new--objectively, and actually tries the recipes? I'm interested in the new Patricia Wells vegetable book, and the new Chocolate and Zucchini book. Do they both count as French cooking? Anything new offered?

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  1. This may be a completely lame answer (and there's a good chance you've already been there), but both the books you mention have at least a couple detailed, well-written user reviews on Amazon. I've found their user comments valuable when deciding whether or not to purchase a cookbook, and I've never been misled or disappointed.

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    1. re: Yaqo Homo

      Yes, I see Amazon reviews, but I was hoping for a site where a sampling of the recipes of new cookbooks are actually tried. P. Wells has a good reputation, I love her Bistro book, guess I'm hoping for a guarantee that her new one is unique enough to warrant a whole new book. Dusoulier is asking her blog readers to put a review on Amazon--they are enthusiastic but hardly any of them have cooked from the book yet. There are book reviews on Epicurious, mostly cookbooks that have been out for a long time. It is disappointing to buy a gorgeous new book and realize you'll try 1 or 2 only.

      1. re: BangorDin

        Newness is not necessarily a desirable quality in a cookbook.