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Top Cookbooks’ review:

Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders is a cookbook written with great appreciation for worldly cuisine.  From Mexico to Shanghai, Jeffrey helps us bring the aromas and flavors of the world to our homes.

This is a much anticipated cookbook written by the rather celebrated celebrity chef, family man, and restaurant owner, Jeffrey Saad.  The book is attractive, well illustrated and organized.  The pages are high quality, and the dishes are exotic and unique.  Those who entertain or prepare special meals will appreciate the individuality of recipes presented, while anyone will benefit from the knowledge and wisdom shared within the pages of this book.

Rating (1-10 with 10 as the highest possible):

Number of Recipes: 9 (over 100 recipes) Overall Rating: 

8.9

Quality of Recipes: 10
Number of Illustrations: 9
Quality of Illustrations: 9
Overall Presentation: 9
Author’s Objectives Met: 9
Writing Style: 9
Value: 8
Overall Helpfulness: 8
Quality of Binding: 8

Does this cookbook cater to any Special Diets?

No.

What skill level of cook is this book intended for?

This book is written for foodies, those who watch cooking shows, and those with some experience in the kitchen.  Of course, new cooks will gain just as much knowledge, but I wouldn’t call this a beginner’s guide.

How easily are ingredients to find?

Ingredients in this book vary from common to slightly exotic.  Most can be found at the local market.

How expensive are the ingredients?

Ingredients used for the recipes in this book vary in price.  Some recipes are inexpensive to make, but many are moderately priced.

What was your first impression of this book?

This is a much anticipated cookbook written by a rather celebrated celebrity chef, family man, and restaurant owner.  The book is attractive, well illustrated and organized.  The pages are high quality, and the dishes are exotic and unique.  Although I wouldn’t use many of the recipes often in our busy home, those who entertain or prepare special meals will appreciate the individuality of recipes presented.

Does this book teach anything about the culture behind the cuisine?

There are well-written and interesting anecdotes throughout the book, but not a lot of detail about the culture or history.

Are the recipes all written by the author?

Yes, the recipes in this book are original, and not a compilation from other sources.

Does the author provide any new information or techniques?

Yes.  There is a lot of information, particularly about spices, that only a trained chef or very experienced cook would know or realize.

Elaine Russo- TopCookbooks.com

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