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The Good: Gorgeous cookbook with full page pictures of every recipe. If you're someone who likes to read cookbooks to think about new techniques this will be a great addition. Some of the rules aren't exactly "new" but on balance I think I will enjoy reading it.
The Bad: I clearly received a copy that someone else had returned. The pages were bent and, importantly, the binding is pulling away from the book already. For this reason, I will be returning it. I intend to buy a better copy elsewhere.
The book is OK - pretty easy and accesible recipes, but definitely not new.
One star deducted because Christopher Kimball CANNOT renew himself - still very attached to the old American approach to eating: - meat based: 1/3 of the book is dedicated to beef, pork and chicken. Despite the facade of catching up with the times.
Milk Street continues not to live up to its own goal - truly broaden the way we in the USA approach food, cooking, and how and what we eat. It certainly has a veneer of "worldliness" and "openness" to the vast diversity of cooking around the world, but it continues to miss he target. I'm not pushing for vegetarianism, but a new approach to eating and new rules requires rethinking the impact of meat eating on the planet. The REAL NEW rule are Americas overconsumption of animal protein during the last century and the impact on the land and the animal kingdom - just look and compare with the traditional ways of cooking and the ingredients used around the globe.
The second star is deducted for the very patronizing "Don't" paragraph in the introduction of every recipe: they are repetitive, lack inspiration, information, and "newness".