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Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking 3
ISBN: 0696238144
Publisher: Meredith
Format: Paperback
List price: $19.95 
Type: Quick; Convenience
Sample recipe: Ye Olde King's Head Fish & Chips
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good great Ochef Top 100

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….


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