Rated 2.2 out of 5 by 5
Rated 1 out of 5 by Asheville Annie Hard to read and uses gram measurements!
Very poorly edited cookbook. (1) Alton's own facebook account admits there are a number of mistakes in this cookbook. (2) Many of the recipes are printed on top of photos (some of which are very dark or very busy), making it hard to read. (Some are even printed in white on top of light, light gray!!) (3) Sometimes he uses American measurements (ozs and lbs) and others he uses all grams. Make up your mind, Alton! And it's not that all the "baked goods" are shown in grams. Some are, some aren't, and some are a mix! I want to know in teaspoons or tablespoons, not grams, how much baking soda, baking powder, sugar, etc. is needed. I also want to know in teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups how much coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, etc., is needed. I don't want to have to figure out how much 12 grams of maple syrup is or how much 75 grams of coconut milk is. In the same recipe, though, he'll call for 1/4 tsp. vanilla. Go figure.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jeanne in OH For the "Foodie"
My local library had just gotten this book in so I decided to check it out & if it was something I wanted to add to my collection of cookbooks then I would buy it. Boy, am I glad I did. While there are some recipes that I would love to make, I cannot. As another reviewer stated, most of the recipes call for grams & ounces of simple ingredients like flour & sugar. Sorry but I'm not used to cooking/baking like that & I'm not going to purchase a scale to do so. If you are a serious cook then you may have many of the spices in your pantry along with a smoker, scale, large cast iron skillet & big cast iron dutch oven. My arthritis prevents me from using very heavy pots/pans. I enjoy Alton & his "reasons" for cooking things a certain way. I just wish it was more practical for this "senior".
Rated 3 out of 5 by goliarh not what I expected
Was not what I had thought. Agree with other review. Not everyday meals and many spices are not available in my city. Very disappointed in the book. Going back tomorrow.
Rated 5 out of 5 by MadMaxx65 Great Cookbook
Really enjoyed reading about his must have pantry items, kitchen equipment, and cooking methods. If you have all the pantry items listed in the front of the book you can make any recipe in the book. Now some of those items may not be at your local store so I am going to be doing some online shopping for some of the ingredients. Also fun to see the things Alton cooks at his own home. Some really great recipes I look forward to making.
Rated 1 out of 5 by rcampbell Disapointed
I was so excited to finally receive this in the mail. I opened the box and promptly threw the box/packing/return slip, etc (because I had no intentions of returning it) into the dumpster. Then when I settled down last night to really devour the recipes and figure out what I was going to make first, I realized that I can't use the cookbook at all. Everything is in grams or ounces (ie: 4 oz of flour) I only know cups and table/tea spoons and a lot of the ingredients and spices aren't available in my small town. I would never call this an everyday cookbook. I was expecting everyday cooking, meat, potatoes, etc. not stuff that I don't even know what it is or that has to be fixed and left over night, don't have time for that, I work everyday. Now I'm stuck with a book I will never use. Have learned lesson, will not throw away anything for at least 1 week after I receive something. This is the first item from QVC I have ever been disappointed in. Sorry.