Friday, July 6, 2007

Rules for buying cookbooks

  1. Never ever buy a cookbook for the pictures. Never, ever!
  2. Remember that techniques and culture count more than specific recipes.
  3. Never buy a book with too broad a mandate (World Cuisine, Fish & Shellfish), or too narrow a one (Oysters, Dum Pukht).
  4. Never buy "celebrity" books unless they offer technique, and even in that case be cynical, very cynical!
  5. Remember that most cookbook authors like amateur novelists only have one book in them.

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