Best Recipes Ever from Canadian Living and CBC is a cookbook that drove me crazy. I tried so many of the recipes and to be quite honest, they did not really speak to me. They were not bad, there was just something that did not quite work for me.
But then there were dishes like their Quick Ground Beef Curry which was so watery I had to add a ton of thick Greek yogurt to try and save it. The flavour was quite dull and boring which is odd for a curry. The chicken souvlaki again was OK but not super flavourful.
I thought having chunks of cucumber in the tzatziki sauce was weird and I did not put mint in it because I am not a fan. As a result, pretty bland. The Island Chicken and Rice I thought for sure would have some punch, some kick, something… Nope. It was OK. A break from the ordinary chicken dinner but nothing memorable.
I thought for sure this Chef’s Salad would do the trick but no. I did not enjoy the dressing at all which ruined this huge salad for me. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t spectacular.
The organization strategy of this cookbook drove me insane. It is divided up by segments like “Beat the Clock,” “Around the World” and “Family, Friends and Fun” which is where you will find desserts. As a result, I found choosing recipes to test and dinners to make very challenging.
By the end of all this recipe testing, I had an epiphany. I realized that I am just not the target market of this book. For people with fast-paced busy lives who want a quick healthy meals that are more interesting than their regular rotating menu of choices, I think this cookbook would be great for you. I am a person who will go to great lengths for complex flavours and want more than just a “nice dinner.” As a result, I can not actually write a review. This cookbook is just not meant for me!
I have a sense that this cookbook is also very “kid friendly.” None of the flavours are so over-the-top that children will reject the dishes yet will be introduced to new spices and flavours. As a result, parents will get to try dishes that might normally not get a pass in the kitchen like curries and Caribbean dishes.
As a result, I think this cookbook just is not meant for me. So, I am giving my copy to one of my readers who feels a connection with it.
- Contest is open to those in the U.S. and Canada.
- Only those who have not already won big prizes can enter.
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- Please tell me why you think this cookbook may be a right fit for you and your kitchen. I want it to go to the right home!
What a shame for me because the show Best Recipes Ever is cute as a button and finding instructional cooking and baking shows are hard to come by these days. Still, I feel I have a cookbook that was intended for someone else sitting in my kitchen. Time to let it go.
Contest closes tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow.