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Big Buy Cooking
by Editors of Fine Cooking
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Taunton Press, 2010 (2010)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Big Buy Cooking created by the editors of Fine Cooking is dubbed 'The Food Lover's Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using it All Up'.

Anyone who shops at a big box store like Costco or BJ's has probably weighed the pros and cons of purchasing a large quantity of fresh produce that he or she can not finish before it goes bad. The folks who put this cookbook together purport to remedy this wasteful situation.

Whether you have come home with a month's supply of blueberries or enough carrots to feed every rabbit in the area you live in, this book will supposedly remedy the situation. Perhaps!

What you will discover in Big Buy Cooking are three recipes for each major purchase. For example, if you walked in the door with two large filets of salmon, there is a recipe for Broiled Salmon with Ginger-Shitake Glaze, Roast Salmon with Bacon & Leeks, and Salmon Burgers with Dill Tartar Sauce.

That is all well and good, but that really does not address the issue of having to eat salmon for three or four nights in a row to eat it all up. The same holds true of all the other ideas for preparing avocados, beef top loin, and mangos. Unless you freeze your bulk purchase, this volume doesn't really suggest practical ways of dealing with the volume of your purchase.

On the other hand, the recipes listed here look appetizing and I think they would be fun to prepare. The big buy tag is nothing more than a come-on to make someone pick up this cookbook.

But, that being said, don't dismiss this inexpensive volume as not worth paging through. You might discover you like the menu suggestions the editors have collected; thus, it is still worth shelling out a few dollars!

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