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Ten: All the Foods We Love and 10 Recipes for Each
By Sheila Lukins
ISBN: 0761139826
Publisher: Workman
Publication date: Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
List price: $19.95
Sample recipe:Braised Osso Buco with Gremolata,Saffron Orzo
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
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 excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments:Theoretically, this book is supposed to be our 32 favorite foods with 10 delicious recipes for each. In practice, it is whatever Sheila Lukins wants it to be. Yes, there are 10 recipes for tomatoes, corn, asparagus, shrimp, lobster, and chocolate. But we have never considered "small plates" to be a food category, any more than salads, dips, and finger foods; leafy salads; mixed vegetable salads; or Sunday suppers. And don't even get us started on "Mashed Potatoes and Other Mashes," which includes potato, sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnips, shell peas, and cod! The steaks chapter is all beef, but the roasts are beef, lamb, turkey, pork, ham, and venison. The burgers are beef, lamb, turkey, tuna, salmon, and Portobello mushroom.

Other chapters include cocktails, vegetable soups, large important roasts, chops, barbecued ribs and sauces, chicken, stews, kebabs, big fish, clams, seafood salads, beans, grains, pasta, salsas, fruit desserts, and ice creams and sorbets.

OK, having ripped the veil from any supposed theme, these are 320+ recipes of Ms. Lukins choosing, all created or revised in her own style. You many recognize many dishes by name, but all have been transformed by the addition of unexpected ingredients and flavors. These are not subtle dishes; in general, they are powerful dishes. (And is it just us, or does it seem like every savory dish includes garlic?) The list of ingredients for each dish is surprisingly long, but the instructions are crystal clear, and even an advanced beginner should not have trouble proceeding through the steps of most of these recipes.


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