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Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Cookbook Hardcover – Mar 14 2006

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (March 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743278550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743278553
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love to eat Gayle Pirie and John Clark's food at their San Francisco restaurant Foreign Cinema, so it is a pleasure to have their recipes at hand in this cookbook. More than that, it's a wonderful primer for any young couple just starting out, showing them everything they need to know about setting up a kitchen and pantry, cooking and serving food and wine, and entertaining with grace."
-- Chuck Williams

About the Author

The married chefs of highly acclaimed Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco, Gayle Pirie and John Clark met while cooking at Vicolo, a well-loved pizzeria, and moved on from there to work with Judy Rodgers at her famed Zuni Café. They are also the authors of Country Egg, City Egg. Gayle and John live in Berkeley, California, with their son and daughter.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
BEST of the Bride & Groom Cookbooks Dec 30 2006
By K. Andolina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have gone through the Betty Crocker Bride & Groom Cookbook, the Better Homes and Garden Bride & Groom Cookbook and many more trying to find one that would have great pointers for cooking for two as well as great dishes. This cookbook has it all. The recipes are great classic dishes and the recipes range from breakfast foods to desserts. I highly recommend this cookbook.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring Photos, but not the best book March 20 2011
By Layla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I both love to cook and cook a lot: we treat our Global Knife set like it was a firstborn child, our library is comprised of cookbooks ranging from Disney Princess cookbooks to Paul Prudhomme's excellent collection, and we take better care of our cast iron skillet than we do our pets....

I'll be honest, we were disappointed with this cookbook. We received it as a wedding gift, because we thought it'd be a great contribution to our growing collection. The pictures are beautiful- they're appetizing, they're inspiring, they've got absolutely everything you could ever need (in a picture). The wine pairings are really useful (if you don't know much about wine pairings). The vegetable recipes and some of the red meat and fish recipes were good, though I found some of the spices and flavorings to be a little weak (that's just my tastebuds though).

A lot of the recipes, however, are lacking: not only are some of the dessert and breakfast recipes under-measured, but in a couple of memorable recipes, very important steps have been left out- in one case the recipe forgot to include when to add the wine while tending to meat. Additionally, the recipes call for some pretty interesting ingredients: fresh clams are hard to get (unless you're on a coast), organic chervil gets pretty expensive, and I have yet to find veal shanks at my neighborhood grocery store.

It's a great coffee table cookbook, but in terms of a couple's first cookbook? It could be more accessible.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great as a Present or Starter Cookbook July 18 2006
By Joshua C. Teets - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First off, this book looks great. I have a collection of hand-me-down 'classics' (Beard, Joy, all that jazz) but none of them are very presentable. After getting married recently, we decided to get a new book and this one really stood out. I personally think the title (cooking together) is a little misleading, because there's not much really that would differentiate it from any other starter cookbook in that regard. It is more family oriented in meal choices, and gives some great pointers to get you moving around the kitchen. There is also excellent advice on meals, pairings etc. Overall its a very good resource, especially for a younger couple. And of course, thanks to the slipcover, it makes a great wedding or anniversary present!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Over a hundred classic dishes for meals from breakfast to dinner May 22 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you're seeking a shower or wedding gift for a couple who likes to cook or eat, BRIDE & GROOM COOKBOOK: RECIPES FOR COOKING TOGETHER is the item of choice for such a couple. The authors use their own experience as restaurant chefs and as a married couple to show how working families can use dozens of favorite dishes to create hundreds of family meals. Even though the authors are cooks, they don't presume any prior knowledge: the basics accompany over a hundred classic dishes for meals from breakfast to dinner and plenty of supportive tips from preparation and cooking times to a complexity scale between 1-4.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

California Bookwatch
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Gift for Many Wedding Occassions April 10 2007
By VUAOII04 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered two copies of this book for different wedding occassions. The first was as a wedding gift. It was loved when received. The second occassion was for a his and her shower. As the bride and groom cookbook published by Williams-Sonoma, the recipes are all fantastic and are great for various occassions from casual dinner to a romantic evening, to meals to celebrate special occassions. As well as all types of meals, the recipes are also of varied cooking levels for beginner to expert, which allows new couples to begin cooking and develop their cooking skills as their relationships grow. HUGE RECOMMENDATION for any wedding occassion!