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Jan 28, 2013 09:15 AM

New Cookbook Wanted

Hi everyone,

Long-time reader of these boards, first-time poster. These boards are a great resource!

I'm looking to get a new cookbook. I've read many (long!) threads about cookbooks here. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on either of these:

Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today's Home Cook

Williams-Sonoma Cooking at Home

I currently have Cook's Illustrated: The Best New Recipe and love it. It seems like W-S Cooking at Home is a similar format and style? Would it seem unnecessary to get this cookbook if I already have TBNR?

Or, if there are other suggestions to supplement TBNR, I'm open to any and all.


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  1. Depends on what you want to cook. If you're up for a real challenge but want incredible results I can't recommend this Escoffier book more highly. You can get it used from Amazon for about fifteen bucks.

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    1. re: Puffin3

      Thanks for the suggestion. That looks like a great book! Do you find you can use it often, or more for bigger/special meals?

    2. There are so many great cookbooks out there! It's mind-boggling. That said, I really haven't liked the W-S books very much....

      Are you looking for a general cookbook, I take it? Or might you want a specialized one.....?

      Go to B&N and browse on a lazy Sunday. You'll find a lot of books that are probably better than Williams-Sonoma's.