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Jen_M.'s picture

worst cookbooks? (post #62569)

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What was the most disappointing cookbbok you ever bought? Mine was 'Great Good Food' by Julee Rosso-- you could tell which of the Silver Palate team was the real cook, IMHO.

CLS's picture

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(LOL) I read the title of this post and Great Good Food was the first book to come to mind!

Marie-Louise_'s picture

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Wow-that makes 3 of us!

Jen_M.'s picture

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It's the only cookbook I've ever trashed-- sent it to the Salvation Army because I didn't want to inflict it on anyone I liked.

CLS's picture

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LOL!

Kim521's picture

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The worst cookbook ever for me was The Monday to Friday Cookbook by Michele Urvater. Every recipe I tried was ghastly. I don't know what possessed me to buy it. It's worthless.

MadMom_'s picture

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i The Monday to Friday Cookbook by Michele Urvater

I'm afraid that her show was another Food Network show that I couldn't stomach.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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i ...'Great Good Food' by Julee Rosso-- you could tell which of the Silver Palate team was the real cook, IMHO.

Thank you.

i ...Michele Urvater...

Monotone and annoying.

As for my worst cookbook, I've got a couple (for various reasons):

* Any and all by the Silver Palate Ladies (although I haven't tried anything from
i Around the World Cookbook
by Shiela Lukins...She was the actual cook ;)

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i How To Cook Everything
due to too many flops and I'm not taking any more chances.

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i Cooking Under Wraps
because I just think it's bogus. And if anyone wants it, they're welcome to it..just e-mail me.

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i Best of the Best of Colorado.
Too many recipes call for a can of Coke.

Glenys_'s picture

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She died suddenly in Paris a few months ago, does anyone know more? Too bad about
i Monday to Friday
haven't seen it but her French regional books are stellar.

MadMom_'s picture

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Gee, Glenys, did not know that. Now I feel like a jerk. I'm sorry, but I just didn't care for her show. Did she write about French regional cooking? Never knew of anything except the Monday to Friday stuff, and it always seemed so blahhh. Just never did anything that made you say, "Wow, I've got to try that!"

CLS's picture

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Cooking Under Wraps - I have that book. I'd be willing to part with mine, too, if anyone wants it. It was given to me as a gift, and I've never used it.

Big_Daddy's picture

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i The Frugal Gourmet on our Immigrant Ancestors

This was one of two cookbooks, along with
i Louisiana Kitchen,
that I bought to begin expanding my repitoire beyond barbecue and grits. I can honestly say that there is not a single recipe tried from that book upon which I have not been able to dramatically improve. Then again, what was I thinking? Did I really believe that this screwball was an expert in dozens of ethnic cuisines?

On the other hand I bought both books at the same time in the same store -- if cooking was baseball I'd be batting 500 for the day. That's hall-of-fame stuff :)

Cheers,
BD

Jean_'s picture

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I'd like to have a look at it, if you don't have any other takers.
I'm running out of portable app's ideas. (Once in a while I get stuck having to bring them instead of dessert!) LOL.

Adele_'s picture

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i although I haven't tried anything from Around the World Cookbook by Shiela Lukins.

I have made a couple of things from this book and really enjoyed them!

Chiffonade_'s picture

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i ...Too bad about Monday to Friday...

MtoF was absolutely terrible but I am certainly sorry to hear the news of her death. There is nothing on the TVFN site about it.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Adele, to tell you the truth,
i Around the World...
is probably the book I'd have the most confidence in because it was Lukins
i alone
without Rosso. Got to remember to reach for this one next time I'm exploring in the kitchen.

noodle_'s picture

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Yep, GGF sucks. Only consolation is I got it for free--one of those book club sign up bonuses.

noodle_'s picture

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i Wow-that makes 3 of us!
Make that four.

noodle_'s picture

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I got this out of the library--glad I didn't spend any money on it. I had it for two weeks and didn't try a single thing.

Wolverine's picture

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Do you want my copy? Just say the word, it's yours. no kidding here, I mean it!

Wolverine's picture

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hmmmm...

list?

The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American - Jeff Smith
China, the Beautiful - (first failure in this series that I've ever encountered)

I know there are more, but - I'll have to go look to remember the titles.

Should we all list these in the swap / trade area in case others want them??

mark_cadioli's picture

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hmmm???? frugal me frugal me

Chiffonade_'s picture

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i ...
Around the World...
i is probably the book I'd have the most confidence in...

i ...Do you want my copy?

We already have it...Back when I was buying books because I recognized the names of the authors/restaurants, etc., I bought it. After being burned by the Pitiful Palate Duo, I hesitated to try anything out of it, even though it was Lukins alone.

You sound like you've used the book and are not impressed. Which recipe(s) did you try and were not happy with - and why?

Chiffonade_'s picture

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i ...The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American - Jeff Smith

Wow, I love this book...LOL. I used to watch his show all the time and out of this book is my adaptation of the Chicago Pizza Crust. I will admit I used it more
i before
I went to cooking school and had practical restaurant experience, but it still holds a warm place in my heart.

CLS's picture

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Gotta admit - I have The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines, and I hate it. But I'll never get rid of it because a dear, dear friend gave it to me and it has a lovely inscription.

Wolverine's picture

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okay - we're even! ;-)

Wolverine's picture

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Chiff, I could give you a huge list. BUT - my biggest problem is that just reading the recipes leaves me uninspired. So, so - I don't know - blah, mundane, ....insert your own term here. LOL - I guess you could say I am NOT impressed!

So - does anyone else want this book? I know I did not give a ringing endorsement( as in positive), but - hey - everyone is different!

Wolverine's picture

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yes, you are frugal, and a mobi to boot! ;-)

Time will tell!!

Chiffonade_'s picture

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i ...a dear, dear friend gave it to me and it has a lovely inscription.

Here's what I thought when I read this post..."Ah, another sentimental slob like me." Don't take that the wrong way...LOL. ;)

CLS's picture

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Nope, I consider it a compliment. I can't help it. I save all kinds of things for sentimental reasons - I've even saved every single note, no matter how small or what it was written on, that DH has ever written me. Every one. I have a stack of hat boxes I keep them in. Every so often I pull them out and just get all teary.

MadMom_'s picture

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I bought a cookbook at Half Price Books and the inscription inside just made me want to cry...from some man who obviously thought his wife (girlfriend? whatever?) was a great cook and the love of his life. How could someone get rid of that? Being melodramatic, I wonder if someone passed away, did they sell the book by mistake, did they break up? There must be a story there somewhere!