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Work yourself up to the main event.
on 29 May 2008
I was a bit unsure about purchasing this book having read previous reviews but being a big fan of Jason Atherton's cooking and Maze restaurant I decided to give it a go.
This is an unusual book in that it presents you with both detailed restaurant style recipes such as those included in Thomas Keller's French Laundry book or Gordon Ramsay's 3 Star Chef book and also recipes geared towards something you can throw together for a midweek meal but using the same ingredients or leftovers from the main recipe.
The restaurant style recipes of which there are 30 are well laid out, several of them recognisable from the Maze menu and suitably adjusted for the home kitchen, most of them require plenty of time and serious effort however after trying a few of them, they work and have impressed friends and family. The easier recipes are then provided as two options from the main recipe. It's a good approach, I've found myself either preparing an easier recipe in advance where for example the main recipe requires a pre-made component such as a sorbet or a confit that can be stored for the main event or alternatively using up leftovers in easier meals.
For anyone who has tried to step up their home-cooking with the likes of Essence, The French Laundry Cookbook etc. and found them a little daunting this book is a good stepping stone for building confidence.