I thought this book was great, and I have had a huge amount of pleasure out of it already. Simon Hopkinson's no-nonsense approach to food, especially in relation to fads and fashions, is a breath of fresh air, and his anecdotal style is highly entertaining. This book will be particularly appealing to those who expect more than just a straight list of recipes from their cookbooks. I love reading about how recipes have evolved.
The Flamiche works a treat and the asparagus risotto is scrummy. Also, try the pea and ham soup - it's particularly satisfying when you've managed to get an evening meal, several days worth of sandwiches and any number of omlettes from the ham joint as well as a good stock for the soup. I think my favourite though has to be the Bacon du Bedat, an inspired combination if there was one.
So when's the next book out?