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The Mayo Clinic Williams Sonoma Cookbook Paperback – Jun 8 2003


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life (June 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737020687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737020687
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,796,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
First, this cookbook won a julia child cookbook award. That is always a good sign. The book is a large book with glossy wipe-able pages (something I love in cookbooks). It lies fairly flat altho with its paperback binding I am sure after lying flat a number of times on the same page, its bound to crack. It lies fairly flat towards the middle of the book altho at either end, its more of a challenge.
The beginning is a guide to healthful eating with a focus on fresh ingredients, moderate to low fat and lower sodium. Some dishes would be very hard to fit into a low carb life style as that isnt the focus..altho if you were low carbing with more of a focus on watching your glycemic index this book would work out much better.
There are many color pictures of the dishes. Most full page and opposite the recipes. There is a bit of an intro prior to the recipe. Sometimes about why a cooking method was chosen or about an unusual ingredient. Along the side of the pages are snipits called *cooking clinic* about how to choose produce, or how to preform a technique etc...or a *nutrition note* about a specific ingredient.
The layout of recipes is ingredients down one side and cooking method down the other. I prefer ingredients on top and cooking at the bottom. I find it less confusing but it is a personal preference. The recipes take up the whole page so the size of the font and layout puzzles me a bit. It could have been much bigger and easier to read...there is half a page of blank space on a considerable number of pages. When Im cooking I dont want to be switching back and forth with my reading glasses all the time......That said, they are fairly easy to read.
I have tried an enjoyed several soups. Chicken and orzo, lentil, and split pea. They were all very good!
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The Mayo Clinic Cookbook was given to me as a gift from a friend who also loved it. The recipes have comprehensive nutrition analyses, and a color picture of every dish showing the individual portion size. This is very helpful, you can browse through and see what you're in the mood for. Their preparation times don't seem to correspond to a home kitchen, I wouldn't rely on them. The recipes are all very tasty, but I have found that the assortment of spices they use are very limited. They use black pepper to an extreme. I no longer use a recipe straight from the book without analysing the spices they suggest first. Changing the flavoring with different spices does not affect the nutritional value of the recipe, it just allows you to adapt the flavor to your individual palate. I have been able to control my blood pressure, reduce my blood cholesterol, lose weight, and save money, all by using this cookbook exclusively for three months. Try it. I'm back here to buy three more to give to friends this Christmas!
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By A Customer on June 2 2003
Format: Paperback
I first viewed this book in-store and fell in love with the pictures and the luscious sounding food. A few weeks later I ordered a copy and immediately began using it. With a couple of exceptions, everything I've made from this cookbook has been a little off, flavor-wise. Although I still love this cookbook, I use it as more of a guide, since I know I will have to make some modifications in order for the food not to be bland. I do not recommend this book for anyone who is somewhat uncomfortable in the kitchen or just learning to cook. With the blandness that I've found in many of the recipes, an inexperienced cook may believe they've done something wrong or be afraid to experiment. But if you love having a basic recipe and then making it your own, I would recommend this, as it has definitely helped me cook more healthy foods.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
The Mayo Clinic Williams-Sonoma Cookbook July 9 2001
By C. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This became my 84th cookbook two months ago and is already my most used one. I picked it up in a store and could not put it down. The full color photographs of each recipe are very appealing, and each recipe I have tried has turned out delicious and looks exactly like the picture. The recipes are fairly quick and uncomplicated to prepare. The directions are clear and easy to follow. There are Cooking Clinic and Nutrition Note sidebars to help one learn as you go. My husband (a meat and potato man) and I are learning to eat healthier and this book makes it very easy with fabulous recipes like Mustard greens and macaroni, Provencal chicken and fennel, Rosemary lamb and white beans, and Teriyaki vegetable and beef kabobs. We have also loved the vegetable dishes we have tried; Herbed carrot and beet salad, Tender spring peas and asparagus, and Sweet potato casserole. There is even a recipe for Chocolate pudding pie, so eating well is easy with this cookbook!
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Awesome! Jan. 9 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I accidentally got this book through a book club. I dreaded a "healthy" cookbook. As I flipped through, every full color photo looked more delicious than the last. I have made more than 15 or 20 of the recipies in this book. I have only made one thing that I didn't throughly enjoy! The sidebars of helpful tips and informtion about foods you thought you knew are excellent! The vegetarian dishes are also loved by my hard-to-please vegetarian sister! Nothing is bland as you would fear. Everyone always wants to know "what smells SO good" when I cook using these recipies. My book is falling apart from use, and it is not even a year old, yet! Highly recommended!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic healthy recipes...but watch that pepper! Nov. 21 2002
By Mary Peacock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Mayo Clinic Cookbook was given to me as a gift from a friend who also loved it. The recipes have comprehensive nutrition analyses, and a color picture of every dish showing the individual portion size. This is very helpful, you can browse through and see what you're in the mood for. Their preparation times don't seem to correspond to a home kitchen, I wouldn't rely on them. The recipes are all very tasty, but I have found that the assortment of spices they use are very limited. They use black pepper to an extreme. I no longer use a recipe straight from the book without analysing the spices they suggest first. Changing the flavoring with different spices does not affect the nutritional value of the recipe, it just allows you to adapt the flavor to your individual palate. I have been able to control my blood pressure, reduce my blood cholesterol, lose weight, and save money, all by using this cookbook exclusively for three months. Try it. I'm back here to buy three more to give to friends this Christmas!
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Exciting Food to Cook and Eat! June 1 2001
By Joan D. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been cooking vegetarian for 20 years and here is a new book to excite me with not only new recipes but easy to prepare, delicious, and healthy recipes. Easy, because they use familiar ingredients and keep them to a minimum. Delicious, because the flavors are intense and exciting - and all without adding any salt! Healthy, because they feature vegetables, fruits, and grains and give all nutritional information for each recipe. Also, I love having a full color picture of every recipe and this book provides that. It was enough for me to browse through the pages to decide that this was a book which was going to enlighten me. I am not disappointed. After trying 5 recipes so far and my husband and I relishing each one of them, I feel I have purchased a book worth its price. There are chapters which use meat and fish, but they are mostly set aside in their own sections from the vegetable and grain dishes so a vegetarian can call this book her own. I reccommend it to everyone and am now purchasing one for my mother as a gift.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not for the beginner cook June 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first viewed this book in-store and fell in love with the pictures and the luscious sounding food. A few weeks later I ordered a copy and immediately began using it. With a couple of exceptions, everything I've made from this cookbook has been a little off, flavor-wise. Although I still love this cookbook, I use it as more of a guide, since I know I will have to make some modifications in order for the food not to be bland. I do not recommend this book for anyone who is somewhat uncomfortable in the kitchen or just learning to cook. With the blandness that I've found in many of the recipes, an inexperienced cook may believe they've done something wrong or be afraid to experiment. But if you love having a basic recipe and then making it your own, I would recommend this, as it has definitely helped me cook more healthy foods.


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