Cookbook Reviews is a forum where Cheftalk members can discuss cookbooks and other books related to culinary matters. Open a few of the threads and you'll see that discussions range across the spectrum, from discussing the pros and cons of a specific book, to searching for types of books.
This is different from formal reviews, which all members can also write, if they like. Just go through the process of finding the book page (almost all food-oriented books handled by Amazon have their own page), click where it says "write a review," and go to it. If you look at the right-hand column on this page you'll see a couple of member-written reviews.
Different, too, are the featured reviews written by our staff of book reviewers. Currently there are about a dozen of them, and we're always looking for additional talent. These are the reviews you see highlighted in the carousel on top of the home page.
I have the great priviledge of being the reviews editor. If you like to join us, contact me directly ([email protected]) and I'll send you the details.
I am a professional cookbook/food book reviewer and I review some eight a month for various review sites.
. We only review brand new books, often before they hit the market. Unfortunately, reviews are brief, limited to 200 words but that gives you a pretty good idea whether a book is worth investing on and crowding your already full cookbook shelf.
Other than bragging about your job, Gerdosh, I fail to see how your post has any relevance to the OPs question.
Self-promotion is one thing. But it should at least be germane to the discussion at hand. Or do you think the dozen-odd folks who write full reviews for Cheftalk should use this space to promote themselves too?
It's a place where the members ask for suggestions for particular styles of cookbooks, or some members post up reviews of cookbooks they own or borrowed.
Occasionally, e-book spammers come along to spam the forum or others will copy and paste blurbs about their books/blogs/websites. These are usually violations of the user agreement and get deleted and the abusing member gets banned.
Actually I have no interest promoting myself (I have nothing to promote). I posted three links in my reply where cookbooks are reviewed (among many other book genres) for general interest but, sadly, they were deleted as spam. So my posting became irrelevant.
We've allowed it once a member has shown they're a committed contributing member. Links like that will get deleted from a newcomer's posts until then, Generally between 10-20 substantive posts. Spammers don't have that patience. Usually just a few posts with links and they're gone.
Actually I was looking forward to reading some. I am NOT a chef, just someone who likes to cook and eat good food. Heck my idea of aestetically pleasing food would be more than 1 colored bean in my chili. Of course the flavor has to be there.
First off, BurgerDude, you don't have to be a Chef to have an opinion of cookbook, or to raise a discussion of them. Our membership runs the gamut, from at-home tyros to top rated professionals. So don't let the idea that your "just" a home cook deter you.
Other than that, just start working your way through the various threads on this forum. Lots and lots of reviews, summaries, and opinions.
For more formal reviews, check out the carousel on the home page, and the listings of recent activity. Numerous book reviews appear there, including those from our staff of reviewers.
In short, if you're looking for discussions about cookbooks, there is no lack of them.