A culinary genius who helped change the way America eats, Sheila Lukins is the cook behind the phenomenal success of The Silver Palate Cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook, with over 5 million copies in print. Now Sheila embarks on her first solo journey, visiting 33 countries on a cooks tour of cuisines, ingredients, and tastes. The result is pure alchemy--a new kind of American cookbook that reinterprets the best of the worlds food in 450 dazzling, original recipes. In addition, there are new wines to discover, menus to experiment with, ingredients to learn, spice cabinets to raid--and travelogues to savor. Main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club's HomeStyle Books and Better Homes & Gardens Family Book Service; and selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.
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Sheila Lukins had a mission. To bring together all the unique food she tasted on her travels around the world, in a cookbook which the average person could use in their home. I think she accomplished that mission. The recipes in this book look very approachable, and though she has tweaked them to be accessible, they still retain the aroma and flavor of their country of origin. I love a two page spread which shows how to make chicken soup from many countries by changing the ingredients.I did not care for the way the book was arranged. Instead of by country, it is by the type of food, such as; salad, breakfast, meat, dessert. This is simply a matter of preference though and I'm sure most people would like it the way it is. The narrative style was not my favorite, possibly I just found the endless descriptions of restaurants around the world to be repetitive. But for those with a big interest in beer and wine from other countries, there are several highlights of those things. The pages were too busy for my taste, distracting from the recipes. I would have liked more food photos and less drawings and travel photos.Though this is not my new favorite cookbook, it looks to be a useful one and I could see how someone else might love it.more