Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Books That Make Us Hungry: Rachael Ray's New Cookbook

Rachael Ray falls into a similar category as Martha Stewart for a lot of people: You either love her or hate her.

I happen to be a fan so I was thrilled to get in on a group conference call last week with Ray about her new cookbook, Look + Cook, which goes live today. When I say "live," I mean that literally because the book, in addition to feature 100 "can't-miss main courses in pictures," also includes interactive 30-minute meals online where she cooks the recipes with the clock running in real time. In other words, you can follow along online or in the book by pictures and see how things really are supposed to look as you put the meals together. It's multi-media all the way, which is impressive.

In the interview, Ray said the first 100 meals "are the equivalent of a paint by numbers set." You can also, from the pictures, see if you're really interested in making this particular meal. How many pots will you really need, for instance?

Anyway, the photographs look positively yummy, and I will definitely be trying a few out and let you know what I think. In the meantime, if you want to see the videos, click here.

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