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Almost there but left me wanting more 3.5 stars
on 11 September 2009
The photography in this book is stunning and there are a host of unusal recipes (I have almost 300 cookbooks so was attracted to this because it was a bit different).
There were several recipes that caught my eye, winter vegetable crumble, pigeon with red wine and cabbage risotto and honey glazed ham in pretzels not to mention the glorious looking puddings that would warm you up on the dreary winter nights to come.
However, the back jacket claims that we will be taken on a culinary journey throughout northern Europe and into Russia, which I am sure we were - but none of the recipes had ANY commentary whatsoever, so I have no idea where the crumble or the risotto originate and I think a couple of lines to introduce each recipe would have made a very good book, perfect and one that I would have wanted to take to bed and read cover to cover rather than just flick through the photography. From the unusual titles of some of the dishes too it is hard to imagine what they actually contain and taste like (although the stranger ingredients are commented on it foot notes) so again some description of what it tastes like or when it was cooked or some other personal insights would help to tempt me to make some of the quirky dishes and would draw the average cook into the book more readily.