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The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines celebrates mushrooms, olives and olive oil, squid, sesame, artichokes, lamb, chestnuts, beans, duck, asparagus, and other ingredients that have been prepared for centuries among the Chinese, Greeks, and Romans.


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The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines celebrates mushrooms, olives and olive oil, squid, sesame, artichokes, lamb, chestnuts, beans, duck, asparagus, and other ingredients that have been prepared for centuries among the Chinese, Greeks, and Romans.

30 review for The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    The man turned out to be a creep, but he had two ideas that I really liked: 1) There's no better way to learn a culture than to appreciate their food, and 2) if you're alone, you're worth cooking good food for yourself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    This one has been rattling around on my shelves for quite a long time and it is time to try a few of these recipes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Mazur Stommen

    Nothing caught my eye. But then, I've read apulius and others... Once you've learned how to make garum, and stuff an ostrich with a peacock, there's nothing Jeff can really add...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ginnie Grant

    The way this book was written it was really confusing and hard to understand

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bookfanatic

    A favorite cookbook of mine. The recipes aren't difficult. If you live in a large metropolitan area with ethnic stores, you can find these ingredients easily. I love the little anecdotes and tidbits that Jeff Smith gives for each recipe. He has a very warm, folksy way of writing. You feel like he's talking to you. This is an unpretentious cookbook. My one complaint is the lack of photos. I love my cookbooks to have glossy photos. If you can get past the lack of photos for the recipes, you'll fin A favorite cookbook of mine. The recipes aren't difficult. If you live in a large metropolitan area with ethnic stores, you can find these ingredients easily. I love the little anecdotes and tidbits that Jeff Smith gives for each recipe. He has a very warm, folksy way of writing. You feel like he's talking to you. This is an unpretentious cookbook. My one complaint is the lack of photos. I love my cookbooks to have glossy photos. If you can get past the lack of photos for the recipes, you'll find this is a gem of a book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Arranged by main ingredient, this book covers a great range of foods from three cuisines that, in authentic form, weren't adequately known in 1989. A great resource for learning to use certain ingredients, and a marvelous primer on the combinations of flavors that are the hallmarks of truly authentic chinese, greek, and (roman) italian food. Interesting anecdotes about Jeff Smith's experiences eating these foods in their native lands.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    better than the original book, at least for vegetarians. there's more here to work with. and many of the dishes can be adapted (i.e., trading garlic broth for chicken broth). i really love the way he writes about the importance of eating together with family and friends. his sense of community and longing for connection is touching, even if the recipes aren't that fantastic overall.

  8. 5 out of 5

    OssifrageRage

    Learn some food history while you cook. This book offers some very interesting recipes and techniques. I would classify this as a browse-before-you-buy or get it used. Some recipes overlap with other Frugal Gourmet books. I do not find myself using as many recipes from this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Conrad

    The focaccia recipe is excellent and the tips on Greek cuisine are fine, but I really disliked the section on Chinese cooking, which focuses on the spectacular (c'mon, Jeff, who's actually going to make Drunken Shrimp?!) rather than the practical.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    Does a great job with authentic recipes and is pretty accessible if you have access to the specialized ingredients.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Quite good, written in an engaging style with recipes easily followed be most beginning to intermediate cooks.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    Personal controversies and accusations aside, the guy put out a solid series of cookbooks.

  13. 5 out of 5

    KennyO

    It isnt a terribly engaging cookbook but with Smith's eye for historic and cultural authenticity this is a very good source for recipes and information on these three cuisines.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Worth buying for the fried rice recipe alone! A great book, full of history, cooking tips and recipes all about the three ancient cuisines that shaped cooking as we know it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Former cooking show host Jeff Smith has adapted food from China, Greece, and Italy for the American home cook. Most of these recipes were featured in his television shows.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I loved his show and love his books, but some of these excellent recipies are really out there and I will never cook them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yvonna

    What a way to learn about people: through their foods. Excellent recipes!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Brimmer

    I use this book a lot. Proceeds go to his victims so don't worry about making a child molester some money.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Pearson

  20. 5 out of 5

    James

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jane Musgrave

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amber Martingale

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michele Wyckoff

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Nolan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Sherman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol

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