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The Essential Seafood Cookbook (Essential Cookbooks (Thunder Bay Press)) Hardcover – Apr 2003

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA) (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157145960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571459602
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,262,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Ayling on 24 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant cookbook! It even explains and shows on photographs the preparation of fish and other seafood incl. shellfish. So helpful!

The receipes are easy to understand and to follow and the food is just delicious. I have also cooked receipes from the other books out of this series, e.g. pasta, vegetarian and fingerfood. They are all as good as this one. Highly recommended even for beginners.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Seafood Resource 18 May 2005
By rodboomboom - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Can any seafood lover have too many great seafood cookbooks? I don't think so! This is one to add to the collection or start one with.

It has all the basics such as how to buy, prepare, from soups to dips to pates to frying to poaching to casseroles to grilling. One can have specialty books on each of these, but here combined in very nice color layout with over 300 pages of wealth of seafood info. The glossary which has color photo os each variety is worth the purchase alone, but don't stop there.

Recipes range from standard fare which are valuable to have including multiple variations of each, e.g. New England Clam Chowder; However, there is even some knockout unique recipes here, e.g. Prawn Burgers with Cocktail Sauce; or "Salmon and Pasta Frittata'.

Other nice features of this are its excellent layout and photos, each recipe has difficulty rating as well as prep and total cooking time and serving listings.

The interested seafood beginner or lover will find much too delight one's tastebuds with in this excellent seafood compendium cookbook.

And at $20, makes a great gift!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best seafood cookbook ever! 3 April 2005
By Jeffrey Clark - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is currently my favorite cookbook and I believe the entire "The Essential .... Cookbook" series is magnificent for beginning cooks and more experienced ones alike.


1) Every recipe includes a very high quality photo.

2) Every recipe has a 1 to 3 star rating indicating the difficulty and includes the preparation and total cooking time alone with the total servings.

3) It is very diverse in the recipe styles, from stir fry to southwest to Mediterranean and from soups to grilling to casseroles.

4) It offers a number of brief special feature sections: Seafood sauces, coating & batters, seafood platters, etc.


1) If you enjoy this cookbook as much as I do and begin to expand your "The Essential ... Cookbook" collection you will find that many of the recipes are repetitive. For example, The Essential Wok Cookbook and The Essential Seafood Cookbook have some of the same seafood stir fry recipes.

2) There is no nutritional information section.

3) In connection to my earlier comment # 3 in Pros, since it is so diverse, some of the recipes will clearly never make it into my kitchen. Anyone for Garfish with Rice Stuffing? (If you are even considering this, wait until you see the picture!)

I listed the Cons for informational purposes, but I clearly think they are dwarfed by the Pros that I have outlined above. FYI - The Chilli Crab and Tomato Dip on pg. 59 is a definite crowd pleaser!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By C. Terzis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I own this book and every time I open it I always get impressed by the amount of work in it.No wonder since this is a book by KONEMANN.All their books are "CREME DE LA CREME"!!!It has virtually hundreds of recipies ,all with beautiful full colour photographs about every living thing in the sea.There are loads of information on techniques and ingredients and the recipies are delicious and diverse.Don't be fooled by the price, there are lots of books costing twice as much as this and they are not even worth looking at.KONEMANN'S books are always underpriced!It's worth buying this book even if you never cook a single recipe from it.The richness and beauty of it alone are worth the price.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 2 Jan. 2007
By petite professional - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was hoping for a good seafood cookbook that I can use, what I got was a seafood cookbook that is more of a picture, coffee table book. Sure the color photos are beautiful, but many of the ingredients are way too exotic. How often have you seen paw-paws for sale? Do you know what they are? Sure, I may be able to go out in the woods of southern Indiana to get this "Indiana banana" when it is in season, but alas, I work full time and get most of my food at a grocery store.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
awesome! 16 Mar. 2006
By M. Scholtes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a beginner seafood cook, I found this book very useful! TONS of pictures throughout, and pics of how to prepare many types of seafood. If you eat gluten and/or diary free there are many recipes one can use in this book. Every recipe I've tried has turned out great, I highly recommend it.
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