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An inspirational family cookbook but not one pot.
on 3 March 2014
This book appealed to me just because of the title. I am all for less washing up and slow, homely, nourishing cookery. I have a Rayburn and love making meals all in one vessel. Disappointingly, here is just another cookbook, the title is misleading, if well intended. Neatly produced with a syylish hardback cover, excellent photography and plenty of friendly encouragement, One Pot Wonders would be fine if it were called anything else.
Many of the recipes could be made in one pot but madly Lindsey Bareham over complicates things. The first recipe I tried - Spring Chicken Stew with Carrots and Peas calls for various different cookery procedures, which are actually unnecessary. This dish could be made all in one pot without pre cooking the potatoes and peas. Even sillier, a careless mistake offers the ingredients up with none of the eponymous carrots! This made me lose my faith from the off.
How can a layered sponge cake be a One Pot Wonder? Even a pudding called Malva needs a dish, and a bain marie arrangement. These ordinary recipes were clearly stuffing.
Carelessness does not belong in a recipe book. Slapdash proof reading, lazy editing, makes the reader feel short changed and insecure. If I wanted a book of good home cooking, with some international dishes to spice it up, well yes this would be a start, apart from the mistakes. It is not what it says on the cover, just another collection of tasty looking food.