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Sheila Lukins All Around the World Cookbook Paperback – Jan 5 1994


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  • Paperback: 591 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (Jan. 5 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563052377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563052378
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 20.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More than a few folks seem to be dissing this book and I'm wondering why. I've tried many of these recipes and have been pleased with the results. In fact, this book contains my favorite bread recipe ever--the Pao Dolce, or Portuguese sweet bread. As Lukins notes, this is one bread that is superb at every meal. So far, the only recipe that hasn't turned out for me was the Pad Thai, but then I have some odd problem with Pad Thai. I'm a good cook, but ...PT never, never turns out. It must be a karmic thing. The notes about Lukins' travels and her postcards add to the charm of the book, I think; this is a cookbook for those of us who love to read cookbooks, and not just cook out of them. One can see Lukins' ability as a food writer in these pages. In particular, I appreciate the special sections: on Irish beers, Scandinavian cheeses, British pubs, breakfasts across the culinary world. This book is a great gift and a delight to receive. The USA cookbook is terrific as well. I probably cook out of that one more often, simply because I have shelves of cookbooks on world cuisines.
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More than a few folks seem to be dissing this book and I'm wondering why. I've tried many of these recipes and have been pleased with the results. In fact, this book contains my favorite bread recipe ever--the Pao Dolce, or Portuguese sweet bread. As Lukens notes, this is one bread that is superb at every meal. The only recipe that didn't turn out for me was the Pad Thai, but then I have some odd problem with Pad Thai. I'm a good cook, but ...PT never, never turns out. It must be a karmic thing. The notes about Lukens' travels and her postcards add to the charm of the book, I think; this is a cookbook for those of us who love to read cookbooks, and not just cook out of them. One can see Lukens' ability as a food writer in these pages. In particular, I appreciate the special sections: on Irish beers, Scandinavian cheeses, British pubs, breakfasts across the culinary world. This book is a great gift and a delight to receive.
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By A Customer on April 19 2004
Format: Paperback
I finally tossed this book out after making several disastrous recipes from it. They were obviously untested or poorly tested. I got tired of screwing things up from following her recipes.
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Everytime I get a hankering for something special to cook, something exotic and different, I turn to this book. EVERY time I make something from this book it turns out great....you have to follow the instructions, and these are specialty dishes, so no skimping on ingredients. The little 'history' sections in the book make it fun to read! Highly recommend....loosen up and go to another country in your kitchen
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Oh come on! This is in no way a terrible book, i agree that the way it is layed out can be a little confusing but cook books should be merited on their recipies and not really on the design aspect. Every meal I have cooked out of this book has been absolutely gorgeous and my wife and I keep returning to it again and again. Every time we entertain and cook from this book all our guests comment on the quality of the food and several have bought this book after sampling one of its recipies. As a previous reviewer remarked you could (probably) pick a recipie at random and use it to entertain with knowing it would be a great meal. To 'a reader from Eugene' please get past the layout and try the coq au vin, chicken and date tagine or the velvety curried shrimp and then tell us you paid too much.
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By A Customer on Aug. 16 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very disappointing book. I would place The Silver Palate as a favorite and have purchased it for others as a gift.
I saw this at a garage sale and bought it for [cheap] and I think now that I paid too much.
It is confusing. I think that sections have ended and they haven't she has just stuck something else in the middle. It is so poorly organized that I think that it would be difficult to use.
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By nunaya on July 15 2002
Format: Paperback
I frequently refer to my Silver Palate cookbooks for interesting & tasty recipes & was very excited about purchasing this compendium of world cuisines, but thus far I am extremely disappointed- something I didn't expect. It is full of, instead of informative(if sometimes embarassingly whimsical)tidbits like those in the Silver Palate books, truly insipid, fluffy commentary and "postcards" of her travels to various countries. Most importantly, the recipes are absolutely uninspiring, while being perverted from their original forms, which leaves the hopeful cook with no real insight to international cooking, and with no redemptive alternative, either. Fusion cooking at its worst, basically. Sorry, didn't want it to be true, but it is.
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By LBB on Oct. 30 2001
Format: Paperback
Being a great fan of the Silver Palate cookbooks, I lunged for the lone copy at my local bookstore. It is truly a might volume of international culinary delights and chock full of information.
However, as I am Asian and have traveled to several of the countries written about in the book, I find most of the recipes watered down versions of the originals. These recipes are also lengthy and call for ingredients that you'd have to make a special trip to the market or deli for.
No offense meant to anyone, but I find that the recipes here have also been tailored for American tastes. I've always thought that the point in trying out new cuisines was to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of them, and not try to make localized copycat versions.
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