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4.0 out of 5 stars True to the source, 28 Sept. 2006
This review is from: The Three Chimneys: Recipes and Reflections from the Isle of Skye's World Famous Restaurant (Hardcover)
We had a wonderful meal at Three Chimneys last summer, and ordered the cookbook immediately.The photography is stunning, and Ms. Spear's reminiscences are frank, robust and touching. The recipes are true to the restaurant: simple ingredients cooked with care and precision. Ms. Spear is merciful to the home cook by suggesting how best to order tasks in these multi-stepped recipes -- many of the meals here are based on a series of inter-related, enfiladed recipes. But, as a cookbook, it is not perfect: We are almost never told how many servings to expect from a recipe, for instance. Many recipes call for oatmeal, but no guidance is given as to the type (steel-cut or flaked?) or whether or not the oatmeal is raw or cooked. The index is useless, and I have not yet discerned the book's organizing principle (seasonal? menu-driven? alphabetical?) However, in a way, these faults contribute to the book's considerable charm. There is nothing of the slick professional food-writer here, just a gifted, harried-sounding woman trying to communicate her life's passion.
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