Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 26, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.6 x 10.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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wow, how did i survive without this book? She takes an intimidating subject and makes it approachable and daresay, even easy. Thanks!
For years I've tried different vegetarian gravies with disappointing results. Susan's recipe is a winner. The gravy has the flavors of depth and richness without a speck of meat. I served it for Thanksgiving and even the non-vegetarians were raving. Now I'm working on her Sriracha recipe.
This is a book to help new cooks (and experienced ones too) understand the basic techniques for making just about every sauce known. Susan presents encyclopedic knowledge in easy to understand recipes that teach you the methods and recipes that sauciers live by. She also includes amazing vegan and seasonal suggestions. Highly recommend!
I like the fact that sauces are made accessible. The basics and base sauces are explained and the cook is allowed the flexibility to adapt based on their needs. This is the book's strength.However, this book is pretty deficient on Asian based sauces. For example, for the Thai Coconut Curry sauce, an ingredient used is Thai Red curry paste. For me, I want the real deal from scratch first. Then show me the shortcut. Another example is the Hoisin Barbeque Sauce which calls for 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce as one of the ingredients. The book never explains how to make Hoisin sauce. I needed to browse the internet to find some basics for this.
This is the one sauce reference you won't want to be without. This volume will go on the shelf next to my other splattered and well loved references. Should be in every young cook's armamentarium.
I'm by no means a master chef, but this book makes sauce making fun and easy. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys cooking, regardless of experience level!
Wonderfully detailed accounts of many, many interesting sauces. Vastly useful.
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