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Nice writing style, some basics covered, but condensing of the rich detail in the original Guardian articles was disappointing
on 2 November 2013
I bought the kindle version simply because the book is out of print, and second hand copies are selling at ridiculous prices. Like any kindle book, it's hard to get a feel for how big a book you're embarked upon. Suffice it to say I read this from 'cover to cover' in less than 3 hours.
Having greatly enjoyed the detailed comparisons Felicity writes in the Guardian each week, taking close note of the chefs and well kent recipe writers she tests and trials, before coming up with her 'perfect' version, I was expecting the same. So it is with some considerable disappointment that I found the book provided a synthesis of those more lavishly descriptive and thorough deconstructions. Also, several of the recipes are for the most basic of items - how to boil an egg, how to emulsify oil and vinegar into a vinegarette. The book's title is at least accurate - you do only get 68 recipes and for £11 for a kindle download this has to be the very worst value for money e-book I've ever bought.
Don't get me wrong, there is value in each of these recipes, but for me without the detailed reasoning of why this approach and not that found in the articles, they are a lot less convincing.
Like another reviewer who pointed out you can read ALL of Felicity's 'Perfect...' articles for free on the internet, my advice is don't buy this.