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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Very attractive cookery! Exactly how they should be!
on 31 August 2006
Ive just started cooking as a hobby and with books like these, a passion is quickly growing. Its so rewarding to produce recipes that are so delicious and not incredibly confusing to make and with the choice in this book you're bound to have some fun in the kitchen. I especially enjoyed the pan fried salmon fillet with sorrel sauce. The combination of all the flavours really works! But the reason this book isnt five stars is that there a few glaring errors which must be caused by the fact that Raymond is a professional. When making the floating islands maman blanc he seems to unaware that for amatuers like myself, it's not clear when the meringue would be properly poached as the consequences led to it tasting of eggs. Not something you want in a dessert! And when it came to making the syrup he said to rapidly take the saucepan out of the heat and into cold water...this takes away the one thing that keeps the syrup from doing just what happened...it became rock hard and impossible to use. Professionals maybe able to use it before it goes hard but i couldnt! Also, when i made the salmon dish i didnt exactly make it with sorrel, i used parsely which worked fine but if i had known when sorrel is in season i wouldnt have bothered wasting time trying to find it! The same goes for the chicory in the first recipe in the book. It led me to believe that the title of this book isnt quite accurate. Locating some of the ingredients is too much hard work i.e. no fun and NOT simple and understanding some of his directions leads to impossible (yet hilarious i have to admit, but still, not how it should be)confusion. Once again, not simple! Overall though the book is brilliantly laid out with colourful photographs, estimated preparation and cooking times and just a simply attractive design! In summary id say this book is a classic and instructive book that is enjoyable to use...just not a perfect one.