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The Best International Recipe: A Best Recipe Classic (Best Recipe Classics) Hardcover – Oct 2007

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Throughout The Best International Recipe, you'll find features that make this collection especially home cook friendly: Pantry spotlights offer clear explanations of ingredients and what to look for, and in some cases, what you can substitute without compromising flavor. Specialty equipment (and substitutions) are highlighted as well, so you won't waste money on equipment you don't really need (hint: You don't need a paella pan to make paella). Core techniques highlighted throughout the book explain essential methods that you can apply to all of your cooking, such as getting the most from spices and a method for making buttery tart dough that won't leave you feeling frustrated. Whether you want to make spicy pork tacos to rival those found on the tables of Mexico or learn how to make chicken as juicy as the French, The Best International Recipe is your essential guide to the best cooking from around the world.

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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful
Great, interesting food 30 Nov 2007
By L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It fascinates me that many of the posted reviews are not based on making the recipes but rather on a quick skim and estimates/assumptions about cost or ease of preparation. To my mind, the only measure of a cookbook's value is in the cooking. Flashy pictures, an attractive font type, and easy navigation are great, but if the recipes don't deliver, who cares? And if the recipes are great, does the other stuff really matter? Nevertheless, this book delivers on all fronts.

I have made about a dozen of the new recipes from this book, and had already made another 10 or 20 that had appeared on the Cook's Illustrated website, magazines, or other books. Some of these are true knockouts (saag paneer, spicy caramel catfish, Indonesian fried rice, elote, camarones a la plancha) and I have found none that are anything less than really good food (green beans with cilantro, French Onion soup, Indian Vegetable Curry). As a bonus, some of these recipes are actually much easier, cheaper, and healthier than the more elaborate, fat-laden inventions I usually associate with CI.

Yes, there are repeats from other sources, but I don't know how this could be avoided. The pad thai and panna cotta recipes really are near perfect--how could you leave those out of an international cookbook? And why would you make needless variations on already great recipes? Yes, there are missteps (for example, the first recipe in the Indian section includes beef). True, there is no table of contents, but the organization couldn't be clearer or more intuitive--by region, then by type of dish.

Buying and cooking from this book will give you an in-depth introduction to most of the world's cuisines--it's one of the largest books CI has delivered. The recipes are far more reliable than you're likely to find picking up a random Thai or Spanish cookbook. I've had a great time making these recipes, and I really hope Cook's Illustrated continues in this vein.
54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
A Must buy 10 Oct 2007
By T. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love this new book. I am a big fan of Cook's. But I was just getting a little tired of just cooking up American and Western European recipes.

So far, I tried several recipes from International recipes book and I am quite impressed. I made Thai fried rice, it was so good that we finished it in one sitting. I also made Bibim-bop, Korean mixed rice. I am Korean-American, and Bibim-bop was not exactly how I Mom made it but it was still very good.

As some indicated the many recipes are for 6 or more. But I am fine with left overs.

This book does contain more "exotic" ingredients as duck and squid. But there are plenty other recipes without "exotic" ingredients. And "exotic" makes cooking and eating more exciting. And theses "exotic" ingredients are not that hard to find if you live in a city or near a city.

I highly recommend this book if you want to eat something other than pot roast and mash potatoes.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to a great series 19 Oct 2007
By K. Besali - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really love the Cooks Illustrated series of cookbooks. I have gotten impatient with them lately because so many of their new cookbooks feel like compilations of their old ones, with just a few new recipes thrown in. Not so with this one.
This book is wonderful! There are only a few recipe repeats and they are appropriate. Another reviewer mentioned the many unusual ingredients. I didn't find that to be the case. There were only two recipes where I didn't think I could easily purchase the ingredients (duck? squid?) but I am glad they are in there for a time when I might feel more adventurous.
This is also not a every night kind of cookbook. But it will be great for special meals that are themed after a country or just for fun. I can't wait to try chicken in a pot, chicken fricasee, pierogies, and a couple dozen more. This is a great cookbook.
I checked it out from the library before buying it because I was unsure that I would want to purchase it. I was concerned about the review I read here and the way they've been reusing recipes, but I am going to go buy this right away. I am so excited about this book!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Reliable Source for International Flavor 23 Sep 2008
By SinfulSugar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have wasted so much time, money, and ingredients on failed ethnic recipes from glossy-pictured, bargain-priced, or celebrity chef books; but no longer! This is a must-have volume for your collection. Basic fare from all continents are fairly represented. The recipes are reliable, and a true testament to the region of origin (the Riboletto took me back to Northern Italy.) You will find some recipes duplicated from The New Best Recipe, however this volume has additional recipes that are worth the purchase.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Best International Recipe 21 Jan 2008
By R. Sampson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best recipe books I have ever owned. The recipes are well written, generously illustrated and thorough. The people at Cooks Illustrated really know how to make cooking fun and guide a reader through the equipment, ingredients and steps necessary to make fantastic food. If you want to prepare some of the best foods from around the world, get this book.The Best International Recipe: A Home Cook's Guide to the Best Recipes in the World (Best Recipe Classics) (A Best Recipe Classic)
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