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Supper with the Stars
on 19 July 2012
Give me a book entitled `200 Easy Suppers' and you have a man who is interested. In my mind I substitute the word Easy, with the word Lazy. A bunch of Lazy suppers that I can knock out quickly to feed the family. Wait one minute, Poisson. Last time I checked buying one of those itself is not a particularly easy task, never mind cooking one. `Easy Suppers', is yet another book in the Hamlyn series that is struck by the curse of being a little too foodie for my tastes.
I imagine that if you cook/bake/flambé often enough the various recipes in `Simple Suppers' are pretty straight forward, what's 10 ingredients to a person that usually uses 30? I am not this person, when I think supper I think - beans on toast, poached egg, a bowl of dry cereal. Hamlyn have pitched their offerings to a higher calibre of person than this. Out of the 200 recipes, there were perhaps 25 that I would realistically think about tackling as a simple supper.
My incompetence as a chef should not put everyone off from this book. For a person that does cook regularly and likes the finer ingredients in life, the book will prove useful. Like with all books in the series the pictures are clear and the recipes are simple enough to follow. It is more the choice of ingredients and some of the prolonged cooking times that I take issue with.