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courgette's picture

WS cookbooks (post #62779)

Has anyone purchased/used the single subject cookbooks from Williams Sonoma that have been at Costco for $9.99? I keep being drawn to them. The photograghy is great and everything looks so good. The authors are varied but usually a name I recognize.


Any opinions?


Mo

MadMom's picture

(post #62779, reply #1 of 15)

I bought some from their first set at Costco a few years ago, and was underwhelmed.  Ended up giving them away.  This set might be better.  I agree, the photography was wonderful, but the recipes weren't so much.



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helena1's picture

(post #62779, reply #2 of 15)

I'm not sure which WS books you are referring to, but I do own a few and have liked the (few) ercipes I have tried so far. I have one on pastas that has a couple good recipes, an the breakfast one looks promising too. The one I like most though is called 'cooking healthful' or something like that. Beautiful pictures, great recipes with fresh and flavorful ingredients. The only thing I don';t like it is that they made conversions from cups to grams and did a lousy job at it.


The photography is indeed gorgeous.

deejeh's picture

(post #62779, reply #3 of 15)

I have a couple, notably the muffins one and the one on ice cream.  I've made recipes from both, and they're ok - not fantastic, but ok.


deej

jojo's picture

(post #62779, reply #4 of 15)

I have cooked several cookies from the old cookie book and the holiday gifts book.  Some of these same recipes I noticed were in the new version.  I liked them, particularly the shortbread cookies.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62779, reply #5 of 15)

haven't bought the single subject ones, but I plan on it - based on the compilation books from WS that I have. At that price, one can hardly go wrong, and WS has been known to have some good recipes. :-)

 


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jaq's picture

(post #62779, reply #6 of 15)

I've got a grilling one that has been hit and miss so far.  While I'm thinking about it, has anyone tried planking on the grill?  I'm thinking about trying it.

MadMom's picture

(post #62779, reply #7 of 15)

Are you talking about cedar planks on a regular grill, or on a George Forman?  If the former, I've tried it, and liked it.  If the latter, have you lost your mind???  LOL



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jaq's picture

(post #62779, reply #8 of 15)

I love the picture of a cedar plank sticking out of George Foreman grill!  It certainly wouldn't heat up very well then! 


 


But no, I mean on the big ol' honkin' old fashioned kind of grill.

MadMom's picture

(post #62779, reply #9 of 15)

Just another senility bubble...I was looking at the thread on George Foreman grills, yet responding to a post in the thread about WS Cookbooks...oh well.



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jaq's picture

(post #62779, reply #10 of 15)

Well, I was totally willing to go with you on that thread too, so we were addled together.  I think of it as creative thought patterning.  :)

whatscooking's picture

(post #62779, reply #11 of 15)

I love the Soups and Stews one.  It has a great minestrone (if  I remember right, you might have tried that minestrone recipe.  See 26791.54 )  And there are other soups that look really good.  I don't own it but I've borrowed it from the library more than a few times.  I looked for it while at WS and noticed that there was more than one that covered Soups.    I would buy it at that price if I was a Costco member.


edited to say, I just looked at Half.com and there is a Soup one and the one I'm familiar with:  Soups and Stews. 


 



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Edited 11/14/2006 2:37 pm by whatscooking

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MadMom's picture

(post #62779, reply #12 of 15)

Love your tag line, by the way.



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jahnavi's picture

(post #62779, reply #13 of 15)

I was given the Entertaining one and another on holiday meals (can't remember the title).  I kept them for years, thinking I would use them.  Never did, so I sold them to make room for others I wanted.  I have heard good things about the Soups book though.

pamilyn's picture

(post #62779, reply #14 of 15)

I have the soups one. There are a couple of good ones in there.

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marie-louise's picture

(post #62779, reply #15 of 15)

I have a set of seasonal cookbooks from 6 or 7 years ago. The author is Joanna Weir. The recipes are essentially duplicates from Weir Cooking.

So... if you know & like the author, chances are you'll like that book.