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Real high and real lows
on 9 April 2014
I don't normally write reviews but felt compleed this time as so many had given this book a really glowing review. First off, I'd say that some of the recipes in here are truly amazing, inspiring, tricky (what I was looking for so I could learn) with clear method explanations and nice photography.
The problem is that this is hit and miss. Over 40 of the desserts don't have images, unaccpetable for a modern book when it costs little more to print a picture on a page - and it's suposed to be an inspiring book by a top chef. I want to see how they present their food as much as learn the recipe! Also many of the recipes are very basic; ones I'd expect to see in a beginner's book. Lemon posset?? Do you even need a recipe for that? It's just cream, lemon and sugar. Disappointing.
Also I think I've come across a few errors in measurements and instructions. What I think really has happened is that about 50% of the recipes have had thought, time and effort put into them and the rest are just fillers. Maybe they're not even Claire Clarks?? If these 'filler' recipes had not been there the book would have had five stars are they are exactly what I was hoping for. Buy it at the reduced price but it's definitely not worth the full cover price.