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The recipes and the pictures in the book are fine. After hearing Alex talk about the book, on the Food Network, I thought the recipes would be similar to what our moms raised us on. Seems Alex's mom was a gourmet cook and Alex was raised on far fancier and more intricate fare that I would call "old-school." Maybe I am naive but I feel a tad duped. This book is not for a novice cook.
I wish she had just written a book with antidotes from her life. As a chef and a person I admire her greatly. However I find the title of the book misleading. None of these recipes would I call either old school or comfort food. There was not a single recipe I would make myself. They were all overly fussy (and contained my least favorite ingredients vinegar and mustard). The picture were also not that great in quality.
I loved her TV program and tried and enjoyed some of her receipes. The cook book was more of a book on her childhood, now everyone thinks they have a one of a kind childhood. But let's face it most of us had the same kind of up bring during those particular years in this country's history.