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Oh dear, I had such high hopes,
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This review is from: Baking Made Easy (Hardcover)
I was inspired to purchase this book on the basis of Lorraine's recent tv series (I must confess I hadn't heard of her before then). There are 100 recipes and all the tv recipes feature in here so if you have recorded the shows, you already have roughly 20% of the recipes.
Firstly, just to get it out of the way as it's not a massive deal, why do publishers insist on producing cook books with loose dust jackets instead of simply producing the book with plastic coated durable covers? The dust jacket is annoying and already showed signs of edge crumpling when it was delivered in the Amazon packaging.
Onto the content. As other have said, pretty as she is, it's a bit irritating to see so many pages wasted on full page soze piccies of her shopping and looking serene; ten more recipes could have been added and that's really what the punter wants Lorraine. Alot of the recipes were mediocre basics like a Victoria sponge - something we can all pick up for free on the internet. The bread section is good, the cakes sections okay, the dinner party section extremely unimpressive and dated.
I really wanted to get excited about the book but as I read each page, it dawned on me that I was already familiar with lots of these recipes and having tried some of Lorraine's by day two, I realised that her versions were on the hole, pretty awful; the brownies recipe is dull and not nearly as good as hundreds floating about on the web. The battenburg cake recipe - dear god, I lived through that as a kid, I love my kids too much to make them each stodge and marzipan!
This is actually the first cookbook I have ever bought as I inherited lots of lovely ones off my mum (I'm mid forties); I consider myself a good cook both family meals and baking and if you consider yourself a competant (not brilliant, but decent) baker, don't waste your money - it will not inspire or teach you anything you don't already have in a 1980s cook book or on one of the more popular recipe sites like the BBC food site.