Originally Posted by Swann
Yes I have one and have had it for many, many years. I just read it occassionally. Would I buy one now? No there are better books on the mkt. Any Julia Child, Shirley Corriher, ?Oliver (a senior moment), etc. Really depends what type of cooking you do or plan to do. There are other very good reference books but as I said.... a senior moment.
I'm not sure you can compare LG
or any of Julia or Jamie's books.
is a reference book organized as an encyclopedia
recipes. It is, like others have suggested, more approriate for experienced cooks and "foodies." It's not a cookbook or a textbook on technique like The New Professional Chef.
is a book about science and technique with lots of recipes in it. Julia's books and Jamie's books are cookbooks, focusing on recipes. Julia's address technique in greater detail.
IMO these are very different types of books. I love my LG and will eventually buy an updated edition, even though it's expensive.
A cheaper alternative as encyclopedias go is "The Food Lovers Dictionary."