Top critical review
Good, not great. Relatively easy recipes but would be better with pictures.
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
I am a very advanced Home and Personal Chef. I try not to be overly critical in my cookbook reviews, and I have reviewed dozens of cookbooks.
While this cookbook has relatively easy-to-make recipes as well as some interesting ideas for meals, it lacks in what has become almost essential in today's cookbooks...and that is pictures of the recipe results. There are only a few pictures in the entire book.
The contents of the book and the recipes are presented in a typical fashion with the preparatory section of the book effectively dealing with pantry needs, necessary tools, and basic cookware needed to have the resources available for the included recipes. The recipes themselves are clearly written and described, but some require spices and aromatics that many home kitchens may not regularly stock in their pantries. That being said, there are a couple of recipes of interest to me that I am likely to try, especially some of the author's Southwest traditionals that reflect her background.
Narrative instructions are clear, but it would help a great deal to have had pictures of what is expected as a result of completing a particular recipe.
While the book is good, it is not one of the higher tier cookbooks among the many I have had an opportunity to review, and therefore I rate it at Three Stars with a neutral recommendation.
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