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The Spaghetti Sauce Gourmet:
160 Recipes from Four Kinds of Sauce
By David Joachim
ISBN: 1592332218
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Format: Hardcover
List price: $19.95
Type: Quick; Convenience
Sample recipe: Filipino Clams
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 excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: After admitting that your own homemade sauces will always taste better, and giving you recipes to make the four sauces that underpin all the recipes in this book, the author sends you to the store to get all manner of prepared and fresh foods and sauces that you combine to make the 160 recipes in this book. Such is the game plan for the cookbooks that promise quick, convenient meals these days.

There's great variety among the recipes – main dishes from beef; pork; lamb; chicken and turkey; fish and shellfish; and pasta; as well as pizza, tacos, and sandwiches; soups and stews; and side dishes and salads. The four sauces, by the way, are marinara, pesto, alfredo, and cheddar cheese.

To our way of thinking, some of the combinations look questionable, but overall, these look like solid, quick recipes that you'd be happy to put together and eat on weeknights.  


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