Comments: Our big problem with Sandra Lee – and we're sure she's a lovely person – is that she thinks Cool Whip-brand whipped topping mixed with a little vanilla extract tastes exactly like real whipped cream. It doesn't. So our problem is, if Sandra Lee believes Cool Whip tastes like whipped cream, we really don't think she should be in the business of creating recipes. And if she's just saying they taste the same, well, the problem is deeper than simply a career choice.
This third book in her series of books incorporating 70 percent prepackaged food and 30 percent fresh ingredients takes on the world – including French, Italian, Mexican, and Pan-Asian recipes (few or none of which can really be considered classics), as well as soul food and comfort food recipes, knock-offs of restaurant recipes, and a chapter of recipes that come from her friends and relatives, which is considered to be a bonus.
By virtue of the brand she has built, Lee's fans will love the new book. As usual, we find the results inconsistent, but there is a lot to be said for offering people new recipes for meals they can get on the table quickly during the week. If it just weren't for that Cool Whip thing….