I borrowed this book from the library and am so impressed am buying it for myself and will likely buy it as gift for others.
After another holiday weekend with company and spending too much time in the kitchen I wanted no-fail, tasty food that
could be prepared in advance. Not only does this book give the recipes with variations, the recipe ingredients were tested with
explanations of why they failed to produce a good result - fresh, frozen or canned artichokes; pre-cut squash; milk, cream or half& half;
bread texture, length of time sat in fridge or whether to freeze; etc. It offers how to cook/bake depending on whether you freeze or
refrigerate the food and if that impacts texture, flavour, etc. The book also provides kitchen equipment reviews - which potato masher works
best, immersion blender, etc.
With so much tested information, I know I will experiment less, waste less time and money, know which form of ingredient to buy for best
results, the best way to prepare, store and cook/bake the dish to give me more time to visit and less time in kitchen when company
comes or when I am too busy and might have resorted to take-out instead of a home cooked meal.