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on 8 January 2009
I'm a decent and practised cook, I promise - I've tried a couple of recipes in this book, and I'm seriously disappointed. I also have a sneaking suspicion that the photographs do not accurately represent what you get if you follow the recipes to the letter. For example - the sausage hash recipe tells you to fry thinly sliced raw leeks and thinly sliced raw potatoes in the same pan, for the same length of time. How, exactly, is a spud supposed to cook in the same time as a sliver of leek, however thin the slice might be? Though the photograph promises a beautifully browned and crispy chunk of potato . . something's up. The chicken thighs were OK - but why are they gloriously orange in the photo, when the recipe tells you only to put paprika on the wedges, rather than on the chicken itself? And why do you need to put so much oil on the wedges when they're soaking up all the fat from the rendering chicken skin? And how can you possibly get a crispy skin in such a short cooking time, without searing it as well?
As I say, disappointing. I really wouldn't bother - it won't turn out as expected.