Picks and Pans Review: The Best of Gourmet: 1989 Edition

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

from the editors of Gourmet

Hello, class. Can you say Cuisinart? Though not mandatory, it's the perfect kitchen aide for tackling some of the sophisticated recipes in this elegant annual from the publishers of Gourmet magazine. This treasury is long on food ideas and short on tips.

It's clear that few people eat like this every day. The typical menu assumes not only kitchen know-how but a social life with enough friends to share a dinner of, say, lemon-baked chicken breasts, creamed leeks and Irish whiskey carrots. And for dessert, a ginger pound cake. Sorry, there are no tips on coffees or teas, but each menu does include suggested wines. (Random House, $24.95)

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