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Eat Feed Autumn Winter:
30 Ways to Celebrate when the Mercury Drops

By Anne Bramley
ISBN: 1584797193
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Publication date: September 2008
Format: Hardcover
List price: $35 
Type: Entertaining; Seasonal; Holidays
Sample recipe: Rustic Winter Stew
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: The author puts together 30 party menus, so you can celebrate everything from the harvest, leaf raking, apple picking, All Hallow's Eve, and Guy Fawkes Day, to the first snowfall (must plan carefully), the winter solstice, Sunday dinner, Twelfth Night, a pub crawl, a fireside chat, breakfast in bed, après ski, afternoon tea, etc. Each party includes three or four recipes that are appropriate to the theme. Some are a little exotic; others may be just what you've been looking for.

Perhaps best of all – for those of us who do not live in Florida or Southern California – you can also entertain with foods that are appropriate to the season and at the height of flavor. Folks in Florida and Southern California will like the recipes and the concept. Folks in the frozen north will love them.


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