My main new year's aspiration this year was to try to make complete meals. I can cook, but it's easy to just make a main dish and eat that as leftovers for the next few days. I figured it would be kinder to my taste buds to introduce variety, and to treat myself like someone I would want to serve nice food to.
And so far I've been doing a pretty good job with it. Between my roommate cooking and me eating my leftovers (I cannot stress enough how much I adore leftovers <3), I only need to plan out three meals in order to feed myself adequately for a week.
As a result, I've been trying out new recipes in different cookbooks. Hands down the best cookbook I own is from America's Test Kitchen. That shit's legit. I highly recommend any cookbook from them, and do exactly what they say. You won't be disappointed.
But I've tried other cookbooks as well. One such cookbook, Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookbook, left me sorely disappointed. So disappointed that, after having finished a truly awful meal from that cookbook, I hacked out an 800 word review of the cookbook and posted it everywhere I could find.
You can find the review posted at the following links.