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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742666469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742666464
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yvette van Boven divides her time between Amsterdam and Paris. She is a freelance food stylist, artist and recipe writer and owns, together with her cousin, a restaurant and catering company in Amsterdam. Yvette also illustrates books and magazines as well as creating her own artwork and screen prints. Her work appears regularly in magazines such as Grazia, Red Magazine, Delicious, Elle Food, Flow, Margriet, as well as a range of newspapers and books.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By adequatefencing on 14 Aug. 2012
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Cons:

- there is a slightly snotty young white middle class european female voice that comes through when reading this book and it can be off-putting. "I always use free-range or ever better, organic meat, but that seems like a no-brainer to me", "I'm surprised how often I have to give out the recipe for savoury pie or 'quiche' to guests or friends, since I thought that by now everyone knows how to do it. But that is often not the case and that's okay. I will write it down again for you" to name a few moments.
- proofreading was carried out by three blind mice. Examples: "If you cook it for too long and you will make the jam more liquid.", "It works out quite well since most of the time as we are packed for lunch.".
- there are times when the recipes are not very clear, and since the book seems to be aimed at beginners, I think more effort could have been put in making them fool-proof.

Pros:

- Great style, illustrations and photography. It's a pleasure to have this book on a shelf in the living room, to hold it, to read it.
- It has some truly great advice (how to smoke your fish without a smoker? hell yes! how to achieve crusty bread that is baked by professional bakers without using a specially adapted oven? yes yes yes!).
- I loved the structure: you are given a step-by-step photo guide on how to make something from scratch (making jam, preserving, making bread) - by the way, the method given is a simple version to keep it easy (e.g. bread that doesn't need kneading) - followed by a bunch of recipes that gradually increase in complexity. Following that you get fully illustrated recipes that allow you to put your newly learned skills to create something truly impressive.

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By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2013
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The publicity material for this book had the following two sentences in bold: "I have used things that I thought you will have in your house - an oven, a cooktop, a knife and a colander. My recipes represent a starting point to help you on your way but I hope that you will make up your own versions and create fresh memories."

This reviewer's first response was to write this off as marketing claptrap and a bit patronising, to be honest, but after just a few pages of this books this initial scepticism and negativity was washed away. Wow! This very heavy, extravagant, quirky book is designed for Mr or Ms Average, someone who perhaps wants to cook but doesn't feel able to do that for whatever reason. One never likes to say that one book would ever be enough - can you ever have enough of a good thing? - yet this book is a damn good start.

Over 200 recipes fill this book and it covers everything from the basics up to, what are for many, fairly complex things such as making bread, jam or cheese! Some of the things being covered might seem rather obvious, such as how to make a cup of tea, but it is easy to forget that not everybody has grown up with a tea culture and in any case the recipes are more than "put a tea bag in a cup and add boiling water." Despite the book being organised into various chapters, in a sort-of-logical order, this feels a bit like an old-fashioned scrapbook with lots of bits and pieces crammed into every possible space. This is no criticism though, the book is incredibly well illustrated with some engaging photography and a fairly consistent design. For this reviewer, at least, the design was a bit too quirky and some of the typography used started to be headache-inducing rather than "quaint". Fortunately the body text was readable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diogenes Clashd on 6 Feb. 2013
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This book takes pride of place on my cookbook shelf. The recipes are easy to follow , and the results are an enjoyable experience - not to mention the evocative photographs and art work. Even if you dont aspire to be a cook this is a book you can enjoy
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peter upton on 19 Jan. 2014
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There are a whole range of cook books that presume that you have a kitchen equipped with sufficient gadgets to send a man to the moon and be able to cook something spectacular. What is so good about Van Boven's book is the balance between very sensible, very doable and encouraging you to try.

The recipes are food, the explanation straight forward and more importantly it is a book to go back time and time again. Go visit their restaurant in the Netherlands too...
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs on 12 May 2012
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This book has tastes that are very refreshing and different to what you get from all the other cook books on the market at the moment. It is a challenge to understand the some of the measurements and ingredients, but nothing I have made has turned out badly.
I can also recommend the dog treats, as my terrible two will sit immediately when offered these treats.
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