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Great book but with some problems!,
This review is from: 100 Recipes - Cupcakes and Muffins - Love Food (Hardcover)
I found this book very cheap in the supermarket so I decided to give it a try. The recipes seem interesting if not incredibly innovative but then... the book cost hardly anything. I am sure that I will find some favourites when I start trying out the recipes. There are a few problems though. Measuring butter in tbspoons is rather odd but my take on it is that the recipes were first published in the US where they don't normally use kitchen scales still... if you adapt to the British market you should tell us the measurements in metric (they also come in imperial). Another thing is the use of a hardcover book for the kitchen. I don't really like them because they become very bulky and the loose cover is a bother so I mostly throw such extra covers away. A cookbook should above all be practical! Then on page 72 the ingredients call for golden syrup but the text for dark corn syrup, again.... an American ingredient! On page 80 the recipe calls for soft margarine. I am not sure whether the dangers of eating margarine were already widely known back then but they sure are now so it is not good to buy a book in 2014 where margarine is still advised.
My biggest problems arise in the section: Healthy Options. We knows that with so much contradictory information about what constitutes healthy eating nowadays it is risky to include such a section also because more often than not what is preached commonly is wrong (think margarine as being good for your arteries, artificial sweeteners to lose weight, low fat advertised as healthy....). Some of these recipes are gluten-free, for example but are they healthy? Yes, for people who have a certain illness, for the rest of the population gluten probably doesn't make a difference. Most of us have eaten a few cupcakes without a problem. Again, low fat ingredients advertised as healthy.... We know better now and probably already knew that in 2011. Skimmed milk: Months ago there was a programme on TV showing how they get to the skimmed milk and well, unless you want to drink some blue drink which was turned white with the help of some chemical they use in paint you won't touch it! Good quality full fat milk that is what we should be drinking and no, it won't make you fat! The same goes for the semi-skimmed milk. For my part I stay away from most ingredients that have been tempered with. For me milk comes from the cow and that's it. Cows don't produce milks in all gradations? Then you have the Blueberry Muffins with low-fat margarine and low-fat yogurt.... Not for me thanks and as far as them being healthy... I am sure they are not! The bottom line is we need fat and luckily little by little the truth is coming out! To finish with you have the Spiced Whole-wheat Muffins with no-fat Greek yogurt (I didn't even know that it existed....). If you want no fat at all why go for Greek yogurt anyway?
The book is divided into six sections with recipes for every occasion and taste: Fruit & Nut; Chocolate; Special Occasions; Simply Delicious, Healthy Options (????) and a good index. I wish the print was a bit bigger though.... I have good eyes but I was reading it in bed in the evening and I struggled so I can imagine that older people might have a problem!
Although after reading this book I am quite happy with the recipes if I had noticed all this flaws I am not sure I would have bought it and I will therefore lower my rating! Anyway.... You can always substitute these ingredients for healthier and tastier ones!