It is true, most of us have 9 x 13 inch pans, in our kitchens and I agree with the authors of this book, we tend to use it, for many different kinds of recipes. In this book, it is demonstrated how much use you can get out of this baking dish by sharing a variety of recipes.
I have mixed emotions about the book and I don’t think, there is a necessity to zero in on the pan, especially when many of the recipes can be made in difference shapes and sizes. On the other hand, this is a gimmick to sell another cookbook and I did buy it. Silly me.
New information has come my way in this written work. I had no idea that a 9 x 13 holds 3 quarts (volume) and I should have known this. This is a shallow pan so it cooks faster than a round 3 quart pan. If you are in a hurry, this is the pan to use.
The book is has a large soft cover and it is more sturdy than your usual soft-cover book. There are not many photos and that makes it a loser, for me. I love photos both for clarification and inspiration. The few photos, there are, are all together from page 96 to 112. Each page has one photo and the photos are adequate. The page number of the recipe is found on the corresponding photo page.
I do like the recipes. There are few mixes which is a blessing for me. Kosher recipes are stymied many times when the recipe has some mix that is not kosher and does not have an equivalent. (The exception is the use of canned soups.)
I looked up the reviews on the book and the seem to agree with me, too few pictures, great recipes, and needs a hard cover. The directions are clear, ingredients accessible, final dishes looking good……
The Contents are awesome with sections that focus on a particular type of dish like lasagna. Some recipes that appealed to me, just looking at the titles are Southwest Spaghetti Pie, Baked Chicken Marsala, Mississippi Corn Bread Salad, Chocolava, Smoked Salmon Lasagna. 24 Hour Dilled Vegetable Salad and Coconut Almond Delight Bars. There are almost 400 recipes and many of them appeal to me.
Taco Pasta Hazelnut Crusted Turkey Breast Carrot and Zucchini Bars
I think, I have to make some recipes from this book and get back to you.