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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2008
As the proud owner and avid reader of many cookbooks I believe that Tamasin's Kitchen Bible is a classic - one to be handed down, all dog-eared and food splattered, to your children. This book should be our version of the 'Silver Spoon' an Italian book that is traditionally given to a bride on her wedding day. I own all of the usual suspects books but I find many of them contain only a few recipes, if any at all, that I might actually attempt (and I LOVE cooking). To my mind Tamasin's book is by far the most useful - it contains a wealth of information and loads of wonderful recipes - some of which may seem to be old familiars (like macaroni cheese, lasagne, coq au vin etc) but it can be so hard to get good basic reipes that actually work and produce such fantastic results. This book is by far the most visited book on my shelves. I know some readers find Tamasin to be a bit of a preacher when it comes to the provenance of food and the importance of using organic etc but she is passionate and writes beautifully and the simplicity of her recipes are worth it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, wishes to cook really good food for family and friends rather than try to imitate a michelin starred chef. It covers everything - from the most simplest basic recipes, hearty traditional dishes and the more sophisticated (without being ridiculously complicated!) fare. I have owned by copy since 2006 and am now buying for my step-daughter and I hope to see my son working from my copy some day!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2007
Buy it for novice cooks, who will be inspired to get into the kitchen to try recipes that are clear,easy but not boring. Buy it for foodie friends who will find so much to excite them. How Tamasin has managed to produce a book that covers such a broad field I don't know, but here it is. Full of lovely things to eat, beautifully written in an entertaining way - as someone else has said, like having a very knowledgable, cheerful big sister in the kitchen with you. One for the kitchen shelf, not the bookcase.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2007
Tam really likes to wax lyrical in this book and I do wonder, if she didn't write so much about the reputation of moussaka or how she loved making upside down cake as a child, would the book be as meaty as it is?

My boyfriend hates this book, he is firmly seated on Team Oliver where measurements are a "glug" or a "fistful" and everything is Pukka and you can do what you like when you like. I argue that, for a beginner, it's more reassuring to be given exact measurements for fear of screwing up - Tam's accurate measures are useful to anyone unsure if their glugs aren't enough or their hands are inadequate.

If you read her little blurbs in the wrong mood you probably won't cook one dish - it's quite full of "never do this" "always serve that" it's not Debrett's Kitchen Bible, but you might start to wonder how far removed from it the book really is.

I have made several recipes from my copy of this hulk of a book and they've all been yummy and successful dishes.

I'm not slating this book, her recipes do work and she has sorted the recipes into sections of Frugal, Easy, Serious skills, as well as your usual cakes, starters, meat and veggie sections... there's also a Christmas and New Year section which is festive.

I don't think it's a recipe book you'll pick up day to day or week to week and use all the time, but it is one to own.
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on 6 April 2013
This is my absolute go-to book in the kitchen. It is beautifully laid out, easy to follow and includes easy recipes and some more challenging ones. There is something in here for everyone, and I wouldn't be without it. I can't recommend highly enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2010
I keep going back to this book. I like it. I enjoyed the little stories with each recipe too. I like the style of the book - she seems like a decent, experienced home cook.

I took a star off because after several attempts I couldn't get the Pavlova to work (after 4 failed ones I used Leith's Techniques Bible for an easy, perfect Pav). That might be down to a wee typo somewhere or my own incompetence.

She gives down-to-earth advice and I found the pastry tips especially useful. (Apart from the Pav) I've found the recipes achievable and very, very tasty. Try the lemon meringue pie! Properly lemony, and whipped up (pardon the pun) in about 20 minutes (barring pastry resting and cookery time).

It's comprehensive and I've found it really useful
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on 8 September 2014
This is all right for a recipe book but I think the hype and myth surrounding it has overshadowed the actual volume. I'm not as delighted with it as I thought I would be. Having written that, the pancakes recipe is lovely.
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on 28 July 2013
It arrived in better condition than I expected. It is a joy to cook from. I love cookbooks and there are a couple that I use regularly. Tamasin's Kitchen Bible has now made it three cookbooks that I reach for. Love it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2006
I bought this book about a year ago and it has been a constant source of reference since. It is written in a no nonsense way but still manages to inspire. It has often been the case that I have thought of something I would like to eat/cook and have then turned to the book for instruction. I am a bit of a cookbook junky and must have well over 40 on my shelf. This one is by far the most popular. I would not go as far as to say it is the only one you will need - obviously it cannot cover everything - but what it does cover (a lot), it covers very well. Buy it, you will not regret!
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on 25 January 2013
Lovely book, informative and enjoyable to use. Worked through some recipes but it will be a few years before I've finished! The information is welcome !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2008
Full of interesting things and new ways to do stuff (like the marvellous meringues recipe), this book has just rescued my Christmas (and a cheap turkey bought by well-meaning relatives).

Foolproof and readable. Fab.
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