By James Peterson… It’s a post-graduate cookbook for mighty minds. Full of food history and 500 recipes for really great food but it’s a slog to read. Cooking is easy if you stick to the heat and eat stuff but Paterson’s approach is to delve into the history of the ancients up to the moderns and make this into an encyclopedia of cooking. Is it worth the time and effort to read? What about following some of the recipes? Yes, it’s extremely worthwhile and reading a cookbook means doing some cooking.

This is one of the most serious cookbooks ever written. It belongs in college level cooking schools. A great reference, it’s about far more than making sauce for the spaghetti. Only available in hard cover. Earlier editions are on eBay for $4.00. The current fourth edition for $30. Well worth it. A great gift to get or to receive.

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