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Swings and roundabouts,
By A Customer
This review is from: The River Cottage Year (Hardcover)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a national treasure. The quality of his writing, the conviction of his beliefs and the down-to-earth deliciousness of his recipes put him head and shoulders above other TV cooks. This latest installment from River Cottage arranges recipes by month and HFW's primary ambition is to persuade us to cook with fresh, local produce, rather than consume mountains of mange-tout flown half way around the world. I haven't tried to cook any of the recipes yet (see below), but they are again pleasingly of the inspired/homely variety that filled his first book. But there is a problem with this book. And it's a BIG problem. If he has any sense (which, as we all know, he does) HFW should hammer on the door of his publishers and demand that his latest book is re-designed and re-formatted. Glorious photography, but unspeakably irritating design. The wonderful section on the seasonality of produce (complete with a chart that should be every cook's Bible) is almost illegible in pale green type. Most annoyingly, ingredients aren't listed at the top of recipes, but highlighted in the text. Although the author has set out to write a very useful and practical book, his publishers and designers have conspired to ensure that it will live on the coffee table rather than in the kitchen. A shame.