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2.0 out of 5 stars I like James Martin but ......., 19 Dec 2013
This review is from: Fast Cooking: Really Exciting Recipes in 20 Minutes (Hardcover)
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I have both Jamie's 30 minute meals and 15 minute meals and, although none of the meals take less than an hour to prepare, I love the recipes as they are very straightforward and have never failed.

This book feels like it is trying to be Jamie but I think it misses the mark.

The look of the book is very similar. Nice photography, glossy pages, good portrates of the man himself. The back looks almost identical to the Jamie books with small tile pictures of the food.

Down to business. The recipes are just not that appealing. I have not thought - 'I must make this' at all as I did with the Jamie books. The photos quite often to not match the recipes. The recipe may be for something on a bed of special rice but the picture does not show this. I think this is a bit of a shame as you don't know what to aim for.

There is loads and loads of fish in the book and little vegi food which is fine if you like fish but not so good otherwise.

Again, I don't think that anything could possibly take 20 minutes but that is symptomatic of all this type of book.

Some other reviewers have complained about difficult to source ingredients but there is not much that a well stocked larder cupboard would not have.

So, I think this book misses the mark for me. I would have a thumb through before buying it as I am not sure I would have plumped for it if I had have dome my due diligence.
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