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5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant cook book..., 27 May 2011
This book was recommended by a friend who had come across James Ramsden on the blogosphere, and I made no hesitation in ordering my copy when I had discovered the premise of the book, namely to get people cooking more adventurously without spending more and without being made to attempt anything toooo challenging... I was keen to get out of the pasta/chicken kiev comfort zone, but not to take any quantum leaps into Heston-level gastromania, and this book seemed the ultimate stepping stone.
And though I have only been in possession of "Small Adventures In Cooking" for a couple of days, I feel I have already been on a diminutive and fun culinary Odyssey, steered by the author's reassuring, unpretentious tone... never before have I been made to feel so unintimidated by cooking something new or unknown, or dare I say it complex (well, the product is complex, while the process is not). Somehow recipes online can make even a pasta bake or a stew feel impossibly far-fetched, but there I was yesterday having a great time creating a coconut chicken noodle broth with chilli and ginger from about three instructions - and it was utterly delicious, something I was proud to place in front of my cooing flatmates.
I have delved further into the book and look forward to attempting some of the big sharing dishes this weekend - beef chilli tacos methinks. I am also keen to try out chutney-making, which in all honesty had never really occurred to me.
This is an excellent cookery book designed for people who might be mistrustful of cookbooks... it is simple, witty, and most importantly it has a clear message that every recipe would appear to deliver upon - that someone like me, who is interested in food but never really takes the initiative to do anything different or adventurous, can do so with the minimum of hassle.