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The Silver Spoon Cookbook

QUEENCHAR's picture

Does anyone have thesilver Spoon cookbook? I'm interested in seeing it but can't find a copy at the book stores. I'm told it's printed in Italy and is on back order. Is it worth looking for in the stores?  

Glenys's picture

(post #62689, reply #1 of 17)

I have the book. It's certainly received a lot of press lately but I'm not sure if it's the resource on all things Italian many hoped for. The consensus here at CT seemed that it lacked regional information and depth of books like The Splendid Table or Italian Regional Cooking. If you're looking for the classics, it's not Marcella either. The book offers some menus at the end by well known Italian chefs but again, but unless you're familiar with Piedmontese or Toscano cooking, a classic menu isn't being offered up.
Let me know if you'd like me to look up a specific question or query and I'll see what it offers.

BTW, are you in the Queen Charlotte's?


Edited 2/26/2006 5:03 pm by Glenys

Adele's picture

(post #62689, reply #3 of 17)

BTW, are you in the Queen Charlotte's?


Ha!  I thought it was Queen of BBQ- char- grill- get it?  (I know, your trying to get profiles filled out!)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

QUEENCHAR's picture

(post #62689, reply #9 of 17)

Thanks for the info on the book.


No, I'm not in the Queen Charlottes.

QUEENCHAR's picture

(post #62689, reply #14 of 17)

i thionk I replied to you earlier, but what are the Queen Charlotte's? I must be out of touch since I haven't a clue 

Geoffchef's picture

(post #62689, reply #15 of 17)

Queen Charlotte Islands. Have a peek at an atlas - they are off B.C.'s west coast north of Vancouver island. If you are like them you are wild, rugged and beautiful. ;-)

 


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ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Glenys's picture

(post #62689, reply #16 of 17)

And now you know where the beautiful Queen Charlotte's are, where are you QueenChar? Please fill out your profile just wee bit. I tried being subtle before but it didn't work. A hemishpere? A continent?
Whatever you're comfortable with helps to answer food questions and enable bargain shopping.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #62689, reply #2 of 17)

I have it and I like it but it certainly isn't the be-all and end-all of Italian cook books. Let me know if you have specific questions.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62689, reply #4 of 17)

I got it. I must be the only person who was really disappointed with it.

Most people seem to love it.

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

Adele's picture

(post #62689, reply #5 of 17)

Sally- I read the reviews on Amazon, decided against it.  The reviews for the most part were good, but a couple mentioned the editing/language loss and a couple of other negative things.  Plus, I just got a couple of new ones in.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

KarenP's picture

(post #62689, reply #7 of 17)

I got it. I must be the only person who was really disappointed with it.


Most people seem to love it.


 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764566768/qid=1141011869/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/102-7393723-1027330?s=books&v=glance&n=283155


 Michelle Scicolone did a class in our area when she released this book.  I bought this one then and it's been one of my go to books since then.  I looked at Silver Spoon, but I liked this one better.


Edited 2/26/2006 11:26 pm by KarenP

FitnessNut's picture

(post #62689, reply #6 of 17)

I looked at it at Costco and decided against it. I'm getting really picky about which cookbooks I buy these days, LOL!

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell
Geoffchef's picture

(post #62689, reply #8 of 17)

Just bought it. Did a recipe for roast pork with apples tonight - went over big. Lots of good recipes. Me likee.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Lee's picture

(post #62689, reply #10 of 17)

I bought it and will give it to one of the kids as it doesn't offer anything useful that I don't already know, or that isn't in one of the Italian cookbooks in my collection.  There are a number of unusual recipes, but I don't think I'll be cooking wild boar or chamois in the foreseeable future.  IMO, the chef recipes add nothing.   My advice is to look through it before you buy.  If you already have Marcella's books, or other good Italian cookbooks, this one may be redundant; if not, you may find it to be an excellent addition to your shelf.


Edited 3/2/2006 1:02 am ET by lee

butterscotch's picture

(post #62689, reply #11 of 17)

My DH, who was born and raised in Milan, swears by the SS and would be happy if I did nothing but cook its recipes.  I've tried a few, and they've been good.  The collection of recipes is so large that I think almost anyone will find a good number of dishes to like. But, as others have said, if you enjoy a chatty cookbook with lots of background info and instruction on technique, this is not the book for you.  My biggest gripe is the format.  No cookbook should be this thick and unwieldy. The publishers should have done 2, or maybe even 3, volumes. 

hrvolson's picture

(post #62689, reply #12 of 17)

I absolutely love mine. Daughter got it at Costco. I just recommend using your own judgment on cooking times. As they said on NPR, vague on ingredients and directions, but wonderful ways with food. Duck breasts in the Citrus sauce were the best my husband has ever had and from that guy it is a real comment.

QUEENCHAR's picture

(post #62689, reply #13 of 17)

Thanks for the info. Maybe Costco will have it again, it's not in the book stores. Apparently it's on back order from Italy.

hrvolson's picture

(post #62689, reply #17 of 17)

We are renting while we build a house with my dream kitchen. You will have to watch your cooking times and temperature with the SS. However, I just took a burned dish out of the oven and now realize that the stove is a piece of junk. Hopefully, my last electric stove. This one is a GE two years old (and being this is a rent house, I shouldn't be surprised) doesn't self clean --which I can live with---and its thermosat is controlled by evildoers.