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I liked the recipes but found the book was not what I had assumed. It was focused on general cooking rather than continuing to deal primarily with Chang's outstanding baking skills. Am enjoying the baking portion more than the general recipes.
Good recipes, but do yourself a favor and save yourself some headaches - buy the actual book and NOT the Kindle edition! It is hard to try to make some of these recipes while looking at them on my Kindle.
I am an avid cookbook collector and try new recipes, but over time I wanted to focus on how to prepare, and cook professionally. I love french techniques and it appears in Joannes experience.
I enjoyed this book because when I prepared the recipe, it was set up well, professionally tried before and gave me the confidence to make it. Corey's chicken pot pie recipe was well received by my cordon blue chef friend and given a high review to eat it again. The pie dough is a bit harder to learn, I felt it there wasn't enough dough to work with. I made it work the best I could. It tasted good, there just wasn't a lot of extra dough to work with. I did practice more how to roll it out in a nice circle, which it turned out nice.
Joanne's story, the recipes are an inspiration for a new cook, an experienced cook and maybe someone who wants to think about going into business. I'm happy I have it! I
I also have Joanne Chang's first book "Flour," which features desserts and pastries from her shop in Boston. This second book is centered more on their savory offerings and the book is divided into menu offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner and party time. Really a wealth of mouthwatering savory dishes in this book from appetizers (salads, soups, etc) to entrees for lunch and dinner. The sweet recipes are mostly under breakfast and for partytime desserts which is fine if you already have her first book. A bonus for me is having a few drink recipes to pair with the recipes. I'm only giving this 4 stars though because the format of this kindle version is absolutely horrible. The table of contents gives you access to the main categories but never the particular recipe so you will have to flip pages and pages to have access to them unless you've bookmarked them beforehand.
I have heard and scene this chef on TV and was curious about her cookbook, so far I really like it, but many of the recipes where common, find in every cookbook shop book, so that why only 4 stars, I had recently purchased the Model Bakery Cookbook and it is much nicer and their English Muffin recipe is great.