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Entertaining at Home
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was rather disappointed with this book.
I had ordered this and the Mary Berry & Lucy Young 'Cook up a feast' book for inspiration when I was planning a casual drinks/supper evening for a group of friends. They are very different books as the Mary Berry volume is really geared up for entertaining for a crowd with no-nonsense friendly guidance and a real 'can do' approach which makes you want to get started and try everything!
This book is a much more sophisticated take on simple 'entertaining' for a select small group of friends (though obviously recipes can easily be doubled for higher numbers). There are sections for brunches, casual meals, outdoor eating as well as dinner party ideas and suggestions for larger gatherings.
I will definitely use this book at some point, it's just that it didn't grab me! It's all lovely to look at, floating you beautifully through it's pages...but I know I won't reach for this as often as my VERY well worn Nigella, Lynne Bedford Hall, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater & Tamasin Day-Lewis beauties!!
I also have 'Rachels favourite food at home' so should have known what to expect- another lovely book (though almost too many scene setting photos of the chef!)- just, somehow, lacking a passion. It's gone onto the shelf for now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2011
I bought this book for a large gathering of family and friends that I will be catering for and I have to say I found it uninspiring. I was most interested in the section titled 'The Buffet Party' and the ideas of cucumber salad, potato salad, tomato and basil salad, egg mayonnaise, roast meats and poached salmon are all ideas I could have come up with on my own without much thought - or indeed quite simply from flicking through the Waitrose catering service booklet.

I am sure that I will turn to this book perhaps at other times but so far, it wasn't the little gem I was hoping for. I won't be using any of her ideas for my party unfortunately.

And from looking at the other recipes, if you already have a fairly decent library of cookery books, they seem to be a re-hash of many recipes you'll have seen before from Nigella,Ottolenghi etc.

It is, however, a very pretty book. And if someone who is completely green, the introduction about how to set a table cover or lay a buffet table will be helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2011
If you already own darina allen's ballymaloe cookery course then there's nothing new in Rachel allen's latest offering. In saying that, some of the recipes are lovely. The salted caramel tart is particularly good!
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I enjoy Rachel Allen's recipes and they usually work. Some really interesting stuff here, but considering the original price of £25 it is poorly illustrated; why so many recipes without photos, but useless pictures of flower arrangements, Rachel Allen's feet as she pours a glass of champagne, a shelf of crockery? Neither artistic or useful!
With better design and more helpful photography I would have awarded 5 stars
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on 22 April 2012
There are a few lovely recipes in here , but most of the one's I have tried lack that special quality.
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