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If you can get past the calves' feet you've found yourself a gem...
on 6 January 2011
Original? Maybe not
Precise recipes? (You are kidding, right? This is a French cookbook!)
A thing of beauty? Let's not get carried away...
I may have moaned as I diced the Reblochon and I may have cursed a little as the required `750ml Rousanne' turned out to be 200ml too much and I may have even stamped my foot a bit as the '15 minutes or so' turned out to be more like 30...but there is no getting away from the sheer pleasure of eating the end results - this is food that never fails to stun the table into a total and absolute silence (if you get it right...).
Go into this with your eyes open and you won't be disappointed; if your culinary skills haven't moved beyond burning toast and cracking eggs then Stephane Reynaud is unlikely to be your new best friend but if you find Nigella a `walk in the park' then this might just be the book for you.
Will you do every recipe? Probably not (unless you have a particular soft spot for the odd bit of pigeon and a few trotters).
Is the book so wonderfully photographed that you won't care? (I should sincerely hope not - it's a book to be cooked from - not left on a coffee table).
Might it drive you to swig from the Rousanne bottle in frustration? Highly likely.
Will you find yourself dreaming about the chocolate mousse or the roast shoulder of lamb? The soupe de poisson or the pineapple crumble? The Tartiflette or the ginger crème brulee....
Absoloutely, definitely, 100% yes...