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Frustrating lack of thought by the publisher
on 13 April 2013
I have just received this book from Amazon and started reading through it. The recipes themselves look okay, but it has clearly been written for an American market. Not a problem, necessarily, but unfortunately the publishers have put virtually no effort whatsoever into presenting the book to an English market.
On the less serious side, the recipes primarily use spoon and cup measurements, which I have no issue with. A set of spoons and cups is easy and cheap to pick up and actually convenient to use, so no problems there. They also use American names for ingredients, scallions for spring onions, cilantro instead of coriander, etc. Again not that much of an issue.
Where it really starts getting annoying is the times when the recipes use weighed ingredients: a three to four pound chicken,for example, or a 14-ounce can of beans, with no metric alternative. Even more irritatingly, oven temperature is only given in fahrenheit in the recipe instructions.
While the book does provide you with a 'handy' conversion table at the back, it baffles me why they couldn't have included alternative measurements in the recipes themselves, rather than force me to flick to the back to double-check (and it doesn't solve my gripe about the weights either).
It's probably not worth returning the book over, but it does show real laziness on the part of the publisher, and it's an irritation which could have been so easily prevented with some pretty minor editing of the recipes.