I purchased this set as a Gold Box Deal for a great price. As a Chef, I enjoy cookbooks and culinary reference books. When I saw the James Beard Foundation recommendation, I knew this had to be a quality purchase. Now that I have had a chance to look through the pages, I am glad I snagged this deal.
Each volume is formatted the same way, and reminds me of the Larousse Gastronomique. These are basically culinary encyclopedias including types of food/wine, history, regions, and terminology. However unlike the Larousse Gastronomique there are no recipes.
In an age where books are being digitized, I can see where this set may benefit from a digital format. However, the terms are listed alphabetically so finding a subject is pretty simple. The content is written in an easy to read manner. Each entry provides interesting details, and is in-depth where it should. The amount of knowledge between the covers exceeds my expectations.
If you are a culinary student, a professional, or just a foodie, this set has something to offer. The amount of knowledge in this set is from trusted sources and recommended by many in the culinary field. They may seem expensive, but for anyone that will use them it is well worth the expense.
Easy to read
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