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Unrealistic food for the busy or beginner cook,
This review is from: Real Cooking (Paperback)To be honest, I felt that the unstructured style of this book, combined with a lack of "proper" recipes (more suggestions) render it a bit unsuitable for the less experienced cook. I understand that Nigel Slater's style is to encourage people to be more intuitive and take their own initiative in the kitchen; a little bit of this, a splash of that, whatever you fancy etc. However someone who has little knowledge, such as myself, wants to be told what to do and to be given guidelines so they can build up the confidence to do recipes themselves. I don't deny that Nigel has some nice recipes, but I want to know what to cook for dinner tonight, not what to nibble on whilst reading the Guardian and smearing it with my greasy fingers (one of life's great pleasure, no doubt!)
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2010 09:36:42 BDT
Fair point. Nigella and Delia are more prescriptive but you do not necessarily want to cook that kind of grub after a hard day at the office. Try Jamie Oliver's Ministry of food: prescriptive cookbook aimed at the novice with no nasty surprises.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2011 13:52:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Sep 2011 13:53:10 BDT
Oliver's book is a good call. I like most of his books and they're often a culinary inspirational read.
My go-to book when I want a recipe that works, first time, every time, and perhaps teach me techniques too, is this
Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook (Good Housekeeping)
Taught me loads and I've gained confidence generally in cooking and adapting recipes to my needs.
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 11:23:50 GMT
This review is unfair. It is based on the premise that all cookbooks should consist solely of prescriptive recipes for beginners. If that's what you want, fine, but don't attack this book on those grounds, since it does not pretend to be the sort of simple book you want.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 22:58:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2013 00:11:37 GMT
Mrs Crilly says:
Well, I think most people review books based on how much they liked them or how useful they were to themselves. I'm not a professional critic so I'm not under any obligation to give the book an unbiased review; I just stated how useful it was to me. The purpose of Amazon reviews is generally so that customers can see if the item will be useful or interesting to them; it's not really about being fair or objective. There is no indication that the book isn't really suitable for beginner cooks (in my opinion) before buying it so I think it's probably useful information for someone looking to buy the book. Which, as I said, is the whole point of the review system.
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