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What is so surprising about this cookery, is how unsurprising it is.
on 25 July 2014
All round disappointment.
At first sight, you might be taken in by the idea that you are look at something different and exiting. But, things are not what they first appear.
The biggest disappointment is that the most of the cuisine is not Brasilian. Renaming a "Bloody Mary" a "Bloody Maria", is hardly inspirational. Equally unimpressive is the inclusion of a lychee and sake cocktail, on the grounds that there are a few Japanese people living in Brazil. As this is a Quadrille book, I perhaps should not have been surprised Pimms No.1 also makes an appearance.
Perhaps the most worthless recipe, is the deep frying of sweet potato chips, although coconut porridge comes a very close second.
The padding doesn't end with the trivial recipes. There are also pages wasted on learning the Samba, Brasilian art, Football and what not to put in your petrol tank. For those who like to be patronised there is some advice such as "Don't get upset if it rains, as you can use your oven grill instead of the barbeque."
There are plenty of photographs to fuel your appetite. These are in the typical Quadrille style; poorly focused with food displayed in grungy settings. Thankfully the text is reasonably laid out, although in places it is on a reader unfriendly dark coloured background.The book has its own page marker which would have been a nice touch, if it where not of such poor quality material.
If someone had told me that the contents of this book had been knocked up by the editorial team of "The Sun" Newspaper in an afternoon, I might well have believed them. It has that kind of thrown together, throwaway feel to it.
The simplicity of all the recipes is a bit of a saving grace in a way. There is little that would challenge even a kitchen novice. I also like that there is a lot of variety, even if most of the dishes seem to be much more familiar than expected.