30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Gourmet Food for a Fiver (Paperback)
This book landed in my kitchen after I was accused of reading 'basic' cooking magazines! To try my hand at something a bit more advanced, this book certainly offers quite challenging recipes but interesting as well, with inspiring combinations. I love the photography and the format, although I found it a little hard at first to find my way between types of food/courses.
Some recipes use quite hard to find ingredients (not your usual cupboard staple, such as japanese breadcrumbs or liquid glucose) or for example, require an ice cream maker (which not every one has).
I do like the amount of fish recipes which mainly use sustainable fish such as pollack and mackerel and the huge creativity in all dishes. There is so much to choose from, and the photos are very good.
I have so far tried only one dish, the braised lamb with celeriac pure. It was very enjoyable with good contrast between the sweet creaminess of the celeriac, the sharpness of the peas and broadbeans, the braised meat and the sauce reduction. It did take me however a good three hours to cook the whole dish, with timings 'met' just because i decided to go ahead with some of the cooking. I think it would be really helpful in these recipes to give an indication of the time it takes to finish each dish and the difficulty level, which personally i find a great help when planning a meal.
Im looking forward to try some more dishes!