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Not comprehensive, but...
on 31 October 2008
An attractively presented, pleasantly written book that does what it claims to: namely, offering a limited selection of basic recipes and tips and ideas on how to adapt them. It is not a comprehensive beginner's guide, but nor was the not-entirely dissimilar 'Appetite' by Nigel Slater, which was extremely well-received. Of the two, I personally prefer this. The principally Anglo-French selection of recipes is more to my taste and I find the recipes to be better written, offering solid advice without being dictatorial.
There are a few typos, notably in the baking section, but nothing that the application of common sense won't sort out.
I must take objection to the reviewer who objected to the given cooking temperatures: maybe it's just my (admittedly dubious) oven, but 325 F for a sponge cake is accurate in my opinion.
Overall, then, a highly useable, comprehensible book. It may not be the flashiest or most exciting on the shelf but for basic technique and some useful recipes, it's excellent.