After buying a well reviewed book from a very famous chef I was freaked to find that the recipes didn’t work! Were they keeping trade secrets? The failures made me question my own not inconsiderable cooking talents until I heard my friends had the same problems!

I noticed there were rave reviews of the book on some book sale sites and I wondered what the hell these reviewers were thinking.  There is more to a cookbook than pretty pictures.

So, this is a cookbook review site for people that actually cook from these books.  I am testing the recipes as written and resisting any urges to modify, edit, or “improve”.  My focus will be cookbooks from Australia as well as those from around the world. Also check out my blog links – I am going to try and test some of the all time classics!

I’d love to hear your comments too.

Lets eat!!!

Cookie McBookie – Global foodie, Melbourne writer

email: info@cookmybooks.net

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  • Cardie
    December 13, 2011 - 2:48 am | Permalink

    Great idea. I get annoyed when I follow published recipes and details such as the quantities are way out. They are so innacurate sometimes that it makes you wonder if anyone checked them. Back in the 90s when I worked for a food publisher we used to take it in turns to cook every recipe, following it exactly, refraining from automatically “correcting” as we went along, because we wanted to be sure that even the most novice cook could successfully make the dish from the instructions. I don’t think that happens anymore! Except for places such as Good Housekeeping magazine, which really do check and double check everything.

    • admin
      December 13, 2011 - 7:59 am | Permalink

      Hi Cardie
      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds it annoying! Would love to know what books you tested in the 90s!
      Best wishes

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