June 6, 2013

Excellent recipes and beautifully illustrated

Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular RecipesTaste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular Recipes by Taste of Home
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calling this a cooking school cookbook may be a bit of a misnomer, but it is entertaining to look at and the recipes I tried were fabulous.

Yes, I'm one of those people who really enjoys reading cookbooks (and craft books). This giant volume has food from every category. Some come with very well illustrated instructions - that may be the cooking school part of the book, but it doesn't illustrate quite enough for beginners to follow. Since I've been baking a lot of bread these days (you can see some in my twitter pics), I gravitated to the bread section. There were only a few bread options, but one was a challah bread that looked so easy to make. Of course braiding wasn't quite as easy as it looked, so my bread looked more like a giant pretzel. Still, the texture was delicate and my family enjoyed the bread so much they keep asking me to make more. Sunday is usually my baking day, so this Sunday I'll make the bread again and, this time, I might just get the braiding down right. I'll follow the braiding instructions in the book a little more closely this time.

The beauty of this book is that these seem to be kitchen tested - there isn't a bad one in the bunch - and the recipes I did make (one example above) came out really well and very tasty. Reading this cookbook has me more interested in trying other Taste of Home titles. Excellent.

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