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Avoid any cookbooks by this author
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
SL Watson has a large number of cookbooks here in Amazon that sell for just a few dollars each. I made the mistake of buying a few of them and now I write this review to try and save you from my mistake. These books have no pictures at all inside and after looking at a handful of recipes I understand why. The author seems to just be packing these books with any and every crappy recipe and likely without ever trying them. I’ll give you a for instance. There is a shrimp fried rice recipe in this book that calls for you to start with precooked shrimp and then cook the shrimp for 8 more minutes at medium heat. You can cook frozen raw shrimp in half that time. If you cook already cooked shrimp 8 more minutes you are going to wind up with tough rubbery garbage. SL Watson then riffs on fried rice with a series of other fried rice recipes. The “Chinese fried rice” which includes only 7 ingredients: meat, oil, mushrooms, rice, green onions, eggs and soy sauce. Now these ingredients might be common in “Chinese fried rice” but anyone who has had great Chinese fried rice knows you want to include much more than this. Sesame oil, yellow onion, bean sprouts, oyster sauce, garlic, peas, carrots...just a host of possibilities to make rice better. The bottom line is this: no matter how cheap these cookbooks are they aren’t worth it. These are uninspired, likely untested recipes from an author that is churning out low quality cookbooks at a high pace (just look at the poor white balance on the cover photos). You will find vastly superior recipes online complete with videos, user ratings, and tips from people who have actually tried the recipes for FREE. And don’t get me wrong, I love buying cookbooks, I have well over 700 on my kindle alone. But the thing is you only want to buy them from people who are selling genuine trusted recipes and who can teach you how to improve your cooking. By comparison if you buy SL Watson’s cookbooks and if that’s all you ever tried you might get the idea that nothing you cook will ever be good because it all comes out garbage. The problem wouldn’t be you though, it would be these recipes. Overall these cookbooks come across as shameful attempts to make money from nothing. Avoid them.
Edited to add: she publishes this legal disclaimer at the beginning of the book “ The author accepts no responsibility and gives no warranty for any damages or loss of any kind that might be incurred by the reader or user due to actions resulting from the use of the information in this book.” I’m telling you this author is a straight up scammer.