Pros: Good instructional material.
Cons: Pedestrian recipes that often are poorly conceived.
Written by Brook Elliott A couple of months back we began our review of the complete Culinary Institute of America’s “At Home” series. If you’re not familiar with the At-Home series, they’re a group of books designed to bring the CIA’s proven instructional approach to the home cook. The first books were, by intent, aimed at the raw novice. Then each book contains progressively more advanced techniques. The presumption being, of course, that you’ve already learned the basics with earlier works, or that you’re a more experienced cook looking to expand your skills. “We wanted to take our professional textbooks to the home cook,” says Nathalie Fischer, CIA’s Director of Publishing....(read more)