This has to be one of the driest books on food I've read. And usually I like anything about food and "devour" any type of book about it. But this one, well, it was a struggle to get through with hardly any little nuggets of goodness in it.
This book is a list of food names and
the people and places that inspire them. It's broken down into dinner,
breakfast, and lunch and several sub-categories within those categories
(i.e. grains, drinks, etc.). Some are brief blurbs of only a few
sentences while others encompass a paragraph of information. And at the
end, there are several recipes cards for some of the dishes mentioned
in the book.
A lot of the stories are really dry and
uninteresting. There were just only so many times I could hear that
this piece of food was believed to be from such and such place, and that
was it. The few that were good were those that expanded a little on
the story and gave more background and story type of telling than just a
brief sentence with the location. The stories that said it was
believed this person did it for their beloved (insert type of person
here) were much more engrossing. But sadly, they were far and few
The recipe cards were different. They came attached in
the book and you could break them out to put them in a recipe card
holder. I've not seen a book come with that type of recipe collection
like that and I appreciated how it was put together. Although there
were only a few I would actually consider making. The organization was
also ok, although I thought it weird they started with dinner, then went
to breakfast, and then to lunch. It just seemed out of order.
can't say I'd recommend this book. It just wasn't something I got real
excited about and I'm not even going to rip any of the recipe cards out
before giving it away. Maybe someone who prefers dictionary types of
books would enjoy it more, but it just wasn't for me and it probably
wasn't for a reader who would want entertainment value from it.
Chicken A La King & The Buffalo Wing