Cookbook review: Rancho la Puerta

December 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm (Cookbook reviews, To try)

I’ve had the Rancho la Puerta cookbook by Bill Wavrin for many years.   It’s a really lovely cookbook, with a nice small size, a well-constructed but easy-to-open binding, and a lovely layout.  The font and formatting are nice, there head notes are reasonably detailed, and the paper is littered with pretty gold suns that make you think of Mexico and spas.  I really like the ideas underlying this cookbook–fun, light, Mexican- and Asian-inspired dishes.  Unfortunately, for me, the recipes consistently generally didn’t work for me.  They looked good on the page, and often had a good idea buried in them, but they almost never turned out to be recipes I wanted to make again.  My assessment is echoed in quite a few of the (admittedly sparse) Amazon reviews.  A number of reviewers complain that the recipes are consistently bland and suffer from textural problems.  Read the rest of this entry »

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