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3.0 out of 5 stars Suits a certain demographic, 8 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Alice's Cookbook (New Voices in Food) (Paperback)
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Let me start with the fact that I absolutely love cooking but because of time restraints, I don't really have a great deal of time to devote to this hobby. Therefore, I often find myself musing through cookbooks to see what goes with what etc and to give me food for thought should I ever find the time. Anyway, this book, a debut recipe/lifestyle book penned by Alice Hart, a quaint twenty something who can boast being the youngest editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated, a graduate of Leith's and former proprietor of a pop up restaurant in London. Therefore, I suppose this book would appeal to a certain demographic - i.e. the young professional middle classes out to impress their vast hoard of friends from university.

I digress: the content of the cookbook is what I'm trying to review, is it not? Most of the chapters are lifestyle based - i.e. camper van picnics, hanging around a bonfire, impressive Sunday lunches etc? There's a recipe for `proper baked beans' which includes the option of using a whole ham hock! Seriously now....I can't imagine most people would have half a pig hanging around their kitchens, or maybe they do and I'm just hanging around with the wrong crowd? Saying that, I prepared the mocha affogatos and they were absolutely delicious and fairly easy to make. I also cooked the barley pilaf which was incredibly tasty.

In conclusion: this book contains a series of recipes, some of which are an awful lot of work, some of which are not. I get the impression that the author, Alice Hart, is trying to sell her enviable lifestyle to others, which certainly suits a specific market, but unfortunately not me. I'm loathe to criticise this book too much as it's good in its own way, but doesn't appeal to me personally. One thing I would point out is the book's cover - the thin grey cardboard may look good when first opened but given time in a busy and messy kitchen will soon get mucky and discoloured. Give me a wipe clean recipe book any day!
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2010 22:13:24 BDT
Happy-Hammer says:
A ham hock is hardly half a pig, my (quite ordinary high street) butcher sells them for between £1.50 and £1.99, they are used mainly as a flavouring ingredient due to their cheapness and there is not an awful lot of usable meat on them. Perfect for pea and ham soup (or proper baked beans)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 17:35:49 GMT
Book Beaver says:
Surely a ham hock is the tarsal joint of a pig's hind leg. Did you mean to put a ham-hog in your review?
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