Reviews by seadocks
I did not get to see the exhibition, but based on this book it must have been great. I really enjoyed looking through and reading this book with my kids. i always love books that show my kids the important contributions that other cultures and nations give to the world. I can see how books like this help my kids to see other people as important and just as great as us. If my kids only got info on other people from tv they would never know the great things that other cultures give the world. I am very thankful that this book and others like it are out there for helping to educate the society of tomorrow.
When I originally checked this out I was worried that it would not keep my interest, but I was very wrong. I originally checked it out to use as background talking while typing papers for class, instead of getting my papers done I ended up watching all the lectures in about a week. I learned a tone of stuff about the origins of language and the different cultural and societal things that contribute to the constant changing of language. Great stuff and the lecturer was great and able to hold my interest.
I really liked this book. I also checked out her other book and they are both great. I never read her blog or visited her site so I don't know if the bulk of this stuff is already available online or not, but if you are reading this, then you are thinking about the book anyway. I liked the layout of the book and the decent amount of pics. The recipes I have made have been great. Some asian cookbooks tend to have pretty salty tasting dishes when I finish them and then on subsequent tries I have to adjust the salt level down, with this book ,that is not a problem, all the recipes have turned out great.
This book was not as good as her previous books. I felt that it was just regular food with a only a few things changed here and there. The quality fo the book is great and the pics are nice, but the recipes just didn't motivate me to make any of them right after reading them. Usually I think a cookbook will be good if right after reading something I have to right down the page and recipe and start a shopping list and this book just didn't do it. I think her other books had some real good recipes, her best book, I feel, is her kitchen one. I guess if you really love Italian you might like this book, but then again there are probably a lot of better Italian cookbooks out there.
I really liked these lectures and learned quite a bit from them. There are times where the lecturer has habits of pausing and moving her hands that are somewhat distracting, but that can be solved by simply turning off the tv and listening to the lectures in surround sound if it bothers you. Not a lot of visual aids during the lectures so it is mainly just watching the person speaking.