Top positive review
on 2 March 2012
I recently reviewed another cookbook, Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef by Allegra McEvedy, which is as much a work of art as it is a cookbook as it is a travelogue. Allegra's book is beautifully bound and is just so very nice. This book is very similar in style....having photo's laid out on virtually every page depicting his travels and the finished dishes. On some pages the mosaic effect of travel pictures and travelogue descriptions, overshadow the recipes. It is a curious combination of travel diary and cookbook. I am sure some will love the style, whilst others will not.
His journey across the World goes from Venice, Tokyo, Sweden, Scotland, New York, Sydney, London and the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way he describes the seafood and fish recipes that he liked. All the ideas and recipes are relatively simple and do not use complicated or difficult to find ingredients. Just like Jake, I too have a total aversion to cooking fish, so found the recipes I have already tried, easy to prepare and serve. The sauces I have tried, are also delicate to the taste and do not try to over empower the fish taste, distracting from the fish itself.
The book is quite unique as it is all the product of one man's work, photo's, travelogue, recipes and graphic design. If you are into fish and seafood this book is an absolute treat and well worth buying. Whilst I have not tried every recipe, the ones I have tried have been easy to prepare and taste great. The design and layout may detract some readers from what are great recipes.