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Disappointing effort from a chef with a big reputation
on 3 October 2010
Firstly, the presentation is rather cheap: flimsy cover, thin pages and the recipes seem rather rushed, almost like bullet points. While this may suit some, I expected more passion from MPW.
Secondly, and more importantly, there is very little variety. There are over ten recipes for steak. Steak with this. Steak with that. We get it Marco. You like steak.
And the same applies to lamb, pork and chicken. There's no soup. Or pasta. Or even minced beef dishes (except steak tartare, which, unless you like raw mince, is a no-go).
Every main meal recipe, is either fish or meat. So if you're a veggie, or even if you occasionally like a non-meat meal, forget buying this.
Then there's the desserts. All except one are fruit desserts. And not one has pastry, so don't expect pies or tarts. If you like poached pears or peaches then great. But if you're looking for caramel, cream, chocolate, biscuit bases or good old-fashioned stodge, then this book ain't for you.
I was SO looking forward to this book coming out, as I am a big fan of his Little Black Book website. But I'm rather disappointed. There are plenty of cook books out there made with more variety and passion.