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The Cook's Companion: The Complete Book of Ingredients and Recipes…

by Stephanie Alexander

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This is very ingredient oriented, and there is a lot of useful information about the ingredients that otherwise is only found in books on specific ingredients or groups of ingredients. As part of this, most ingredients have several recipes, and quite varied ones. Such a relief for some of my favourites, where most cookbooks stop at one or two - and often the same one or two.

Since I don't live in Australia, there are several ingredients that I can't get, and the information about sources won't do me much good. But it is still fun to read. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Apr 11, 2011 |
I had to buy the new edition of this fabulous resource even though I already have the original 1996 ed. The 2004 (striped cover) edition is far more useful even than the original. Not only does it have about 300 new recipes, but it is much better indexed, so you can find all the hundreds of "margin recipes" which were unindexed before. ( )
  Eurydice2 | May 19, 2010 |
If you were only allowed one cookbook this encyclopaedic work would have to be it. The depth of her research is amazing, and the recipes are well-written and very doable. This is not a book just for Australians. OK so kangaroo isn't available overseas, but it isn't easy to get hold of in Melbourne either. ( )
1 vote dajashby | Dec 31, 2009 |
A brilliant book which approaches recipes from the point of view of ingredients rather than finished products that then list ingredients. Background information on selection, preparation and best methods of cooking for any one product, organised alphabetically. Fail safe recipes. ( )
  crgalvin | Mar 8, 2009 |
A beautifully presented treasure of food information and recipes. Where else was I to find the real skinny on cooking kangaroo to perfection. ( )
  bookcrazed | Jun 7, 2006 |
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There are two different editions of The Cook's Companion - the first edition from the 90s with an orange cover (ISBN 0670863734 / 9780670863730/ 0670911828) and second edition with the striped cover (ISBN 1920989013 / 1920989005). There are significant differences in content between the 2 editions.
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