Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: DR. OETKER VERLAG KG (2006)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #89 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > German
I'm grateful for this English-language Dr. Oetker cookbook that I don't have to translate with a German dictionary. This book would appeal to both new cooks and experienced ones as well. The recipes are clear, but they're not always foolproof; they may require a little tweaking at times to make them work. (The apple pie on a sheet pan recipe, though delicious, needs about 25% more dough for the crust, for example, no matter how paper-thin one rolls it out.) The book is divided into Cooking and Baking sections, which contain recipes for various soups, cakes, cheesecakes, wild game, salads, sauces, fish, breads, vegetables, Christmas desserts, other desserts, and so forth. There is a little bit of everything here, and because of its breadth, this book would serve well if it were the only German cookbook one had. Lots of large, enticing color photos oppose each page with a recipe. One thing I like about this book is that one can use the recipes without having to purchase other Oetker products. Some other Dr. Oetker cookbooks have recipes that call for trade marked Vanillin-Zucker or little bottles of Lemon Aroma and other extracts; good luck improvising if you don't have those in your cupboard. While there are many categories of recipes, the selection is not exactly thorough or exhaustive. For example, there is an authentic Black Forest Torte recipe that calls for Kirschwasser, but other traditional desserts like the Linzer Torte and Sacher Torte are absent. There is a Christmas section in the book with a Christmas Stollen, but it doesn't have traditional Frankische Butterplatzchen cookies and other stand bys of the holiday season. What kind of "best recipes" German cookbook doesn't have these timeless classics? You'll notice that the other categories come up short, too.
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