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Michael Chiarello cookbooks - opinions please...

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I have seen Michael Chiarello's show a few times and usually like what I see. I have made one recipe of his (panna cotta) and it came out great.

I was looking at his "At Home with Michael Chiarello" cookbook the other night and was thinking of purchasing it.

What are your thoughts regarding this book (or any of Michael's other cookbooks)? Worth the money?

Thanks in advance for your comments...

JEFF

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  1. I have two of them and have cooked a fair amount out of one (the one that isn't for parties). I love it and do think it was worth the money. I use his tialla recipe frequently, and also the spinach mushroom salad and sauteed greens, among other recipes. I also liked one of his seasonal panzanellas.

    1. His culinary skills and creative blends of foods and wines is, IMO, unsurpassed. I like the way the book is divided into sections that suggest, to some degree, recipes in the order of the course to be considered for the meal. The way it moves progressively from appetizers through main dishes offers the reader a choice of menu items to consider from the beginning of the meal to the end. I think the current price is a bargain and I have it on my wish list for the birthday that is fast approaching.

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      1. re: todao

        << like the way the book is divided into sections that suggest, to some degree, recipes in the order of the course to be considered for the meal. The way it moves progressively from appetizers through main dishes offers the reader a choice of menu items to consider from the beginning of the meal to the end. >>

        I don't mean to take issue with your statement, but isn't this the way nearly all cookbooks are organized? BTW, I've cooked and worked with Chiarello, and while he himself is rather shy on talent, he hires people who give him good ideas and make him look good.

      2. His Tre Vigne cookbook just got culled from my shelves - it was a pretty book, and I'd used some of the ideas, but it never earned its way into my cooking cycle.