I have mixed feelings about this series on spices.
First, the production quality is excellent. The information is excellent. However, I am a beginner at cooking and this series is more for the experienced home cook that already understands how to prepare most foods and just wants to add more spices to their repertoire.
If you already know how to do most basic things in the kitchen, this will be educational. For me, I had to do a lot of homework to keep up with the series. I did my homework, practiced and watched each episode again and again. Very worthwhile.
Excellent overall. For me, a little bit longer with more beginner level stuff would have been great.
Why five stars: 1) great presentation 2) love the explanations very helpful 3) do not worry you too will get the "eat healthier speech" 4) the food you put in your body will help determine your future health 5) love the geographical explanations and the history 6) its likes it come full circle-watch these DVDs over and over become diverse, healthy, and informed! Try your best to get the ac-companion book. The changes you make will not happen over night (I am the Hostess Twinkie, white bread, bologna generation-sad face) This DVD is baby steps toward your good health! No regrets with this purchase!
To title this "The Everyday Gourmet" is a stretch. The chef used mostly exotic ingredients that average people just don't have on hand. Maybe it's just me, but quail is not on my list of usuals. Also, every recipe he demonstrated had so many steps, it went on and on. For my purposes, this didn't fit the title or my expectations.
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