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The New Cooks' Catalogue Hardcover – Oct 24 2000


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 Sub edition (Oct. 24 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375406735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375406737
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 22.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,592,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
.....but more of an encyclopedia. This is a good book if you don't know what a certain kitchen tool does or would like a breif history lesson. This not the best consumer buying guide around, but a good buy none the less.
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This book was a great help in expanding some of our kitchen equipment. If you visit a bookstore or library, you may find thousands of books on cooking and not one on cooking equipment. This book fills that niche very nicely.
There were some items that we had acquired that we knew were really good -- the authors had done their research and it was encouraging that they found the same and for similar reasons. That gave me some reference as to their experience.
The book is up-to-date. They have equipment that is top-notch and widely available. The photos are excellent.
The book is also a great resource for items you may not have considered or known about. I know that we now have several more items on our list of equipment to buy. This makes it especially good as a gift to newlyweds or people starting out on their own and want to cook.
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By A Customer on Dec 18 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a large coffee table sized book. You'll find more cooking tools and appliances than you ever dreamed existed. Yet it is flawed by the fact that not a hint of the relative cost of the items compared is provided. The publisher probably didn't want to date the book by providing actual prices but some mechanism should have been used to gauge the relative cost of items within a category. That's a major shortcoming! Still, it's an interesting book for hardcore cooks.
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By Kathy Gilbert on May 18 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love the New Cooks' Catalogue for several reasons. It's comprehensive, easy to use and well written. I also enjoy the historical anecdotes and recipes. The book's design is beautiful, but even more important, the contents are practical and well researched. I used it to determine which kind of food processor to invest in, and now I wouldn't make a serious purchase without first consulting this book. When in doubt, the New Cooks' Catalogue will help you figure it out! This has become an indispensable tool in my kitchen and a lovely addition to my library of reference books.
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Format: Hardcover
I was given The New Cooks' Catalogue last Christmas and it was one of the best gifts I ever received. Good thing I was also on vacation at the time, because I was swallowed up by the amount of information it contained. There's a lot to digest, but it's fascinating. Loved the recipes. What's interesting is that many of the leading food writers contributed to this essential reference book. Next Christmas, I know what I'll be giving all of my friends who love to cook as much as I do.
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People who really love to cook and really love gadgets and cookware will enjoy this book. There is lots of interesting reading here. I had never heard of MANY of the items listed here, but then I'm not really a gourmet cook. I just like to own products that are the best quality I can get for the money I want to spend.
There are no prices in the book, which I think is a drawback. Even if they become quickly outdated, it would be good to see which products are more expensive than others. Price categories would be helpful! Even "Expensive", "Moderate" and "Inexpensive" would be a good addition to this book!
The other thing I'd like to see is a ranking of these products! They are all described and discussed, but there's no way of knowing which ones are the best. Consumers can make decisions for themselves as to which products are best for them for the money they want to spend.
This is an interesting book, but it could've been better.
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