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Two person every day romantic eating
on 20 June 2012
Most cookery books are aimed at cooking for 4-6, as the introduction explains. This one is aimed at meals for two. If you're not living with one significant other and no additional individuals, then this might not seem much of a selling point. If -- like me -- you live with the love of your life and no-one else, then having a cook book which has quantities and cooking times tailored for you is a God send. This is perhaps an especially good point in these connected-days where you can quickly Google Delia's recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese or Pepper Sauce without having to get a book off the shelf. All the recipes are there on-line... but they are almost all of them calculated for 4-6 persons.
This book isn't just about quantities and cooking times. There is an omnipresent whiff of romantic living in these pages, ranging from the blueberry french toasts which kick off the brunch section to the summer fruit slush which finishes the book off, going via crispy chicken with salsa verde and moroccan lamb with couscous on the way. Moroccan lamb with couscous -- astonishingly -- takes a total of 15 minutes preparation and cooking time. In fact, aside from the lamb burger and roasted tomato at 1 1/2 hours and the tarragon chicken with potatoes at 70 minutes, almost all of the recipes in this book fall into the 15-35 minute range. In other words, they recognise the shortened available time-spans that seem to go with being a couple without adherents.
All the recipes in this book are simple. Just occasionally they are oversimplified to the point that they become difficult. When instructed to 'make the hollandaise sauce', for example, I had to read it twice before I understood that it then followed with the instructions -- it rather gave me the initial impression that I'd missed something earlier. On the other hand, all of the recipes are unusual and in a certain sense delightful, despite the relatively few processes and short preparation times.
If you want to spice up your life together by upgrading the menus, this isn't a bad book at all.