Favorite cookbooks are definitely a matter of personal preference and the title “The Ultimate Cookbook” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough (Morrow 2007) is rife with promise. Lofty as its moniker may be, this book delivers on many levels. The subtitle touts “900 new recipes, thousands of ideas”… and there are.
This is a tome nearing 700 pages, enhancing basic techniques with a world view.
While perhaps not a health book per se, the authors take a healthful approach wherever possible and do so with great taste as a priority. A chief aspect of this work is the range they allow for interpretation. Take the road map for Granola beginning on page 11. Instead of simply directing the cook to use whatever you like, the authors lay out clear guidelines for combinations of sweeteners, binders, nuts and flavorings to spark the imagination (my interpretation at http://www.examiner.com/article/granola-recipe-quick-affordable-healthy-...). The authors take this approach to several of their recipes which gives the cook not only knowledge but latitude and range.
This is a useable, readable and workable cookbook which is well thought out and tested.
Check out this book, buy it, use it and treasure it.
For more information see: www.ultimatecook.com