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Kinfolk Table, The: Recipes for Small Gatherings
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2013
I bought this because it was recommended on the 101 Cookbooks website and I'm a big fan of Heidi Swanson's clean, colourful recipes. However, after flicking through the pages with a growing sense of disappointment, I could tell that as a cookbook, this is all fur coat and no knickers, which places emphasis on the wonderful lifestyles of its contributors, rather than the actual food. There is no theme drawing the recipes together and very little to inspire.

If you're a person who gets their kicks out of peering into the folksy lifestyles of beautiful hipsters, then go ahead, fill your boots. But there's very little here for the intrepid cook. Unless you've always wanted to know how to make a bacon and peanut butter sandwich.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2014
hipster book best read while wearing glasses with no lenses in, leave out on coffee table for full effect
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a bit of a quirky, charming cookbook with various culinary profiles and bon-mots about entertaining. Yet it is not cliché-central or full of rather patronising advice. Far from it!

In essence Kinfolk magazine, a quarterly journal aimed at featuring understated, unfussy entertaining, has curated a series of recipes and portraits from 45 so-called tastemasters around the world. There is no specific rhyme or reason behind the choice of recipes, other than that they are favourites which are suitable for entertaining - the result being that one gets a fairly eclectic, cosmopolitan mix

This is a book that is designed for browsing. Many engaging photographs help draw you in to the various stories that accompany the recipes. To get the most out of this book you really need to read everything, no skipping over a recipe's introduction or a footnote. It would have been nice to have had a little more "colour" and personalisation from the various contributors as whilst things are not entirely sterile and cold, at times it felt a little stilted or overly-reticent. Fortunately the recipes are well-written, contain all of the relevant information that you might require (including dual measures!) but if you have "middle-aged" eyes you might find the small printed text a bit of a challenge. It would have been nice if the internal navigation of this book was a little better designed, even small things like having to move forward and backwards through the book to tie up a photograph to the recipe are a small, but irritating thing. One hopes that there is a very good, detailed index for this book as this pre-release review copy did not have an index despite the contents page referring to one. A good index is essential

Despite enjoying this book one cannot give a conclusive endorsement for it. The price point and many small things mean that you might really need to spend some time with this in a bookstore and see if you click with it. It has the capacity of being a great cooking companion for you, that is clear.
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on 23 March 2015
Really good book, but not really a cookery one, a few nice dishes.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
My mum loves these kind of books and with me living far away from her is was so easy to order from Amazon and it arrived promptly. She says it is a big book, full of lovely pictures and stories. I am so happy she liked it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2015
Great xmas gift. They loved it
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
arrived on time beautiful lifestyle wish book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2014
Lovely book. Good service.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2014
This is a gift so I can't comment on the content.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
Superb
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