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3.0 out of 5 stars A yardstick, but not in a good way., 8 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: My Kind of Cooking (Hardcover)
"...this time it is *my* name on the cover ", says Sargeant. This is both a good and a bad thing. Good because his food is superb. Bad because no one felt able to take him to one side and say, "Mark, shouldn't we put a picture of some food there instead of another picture of your child?" At times it's like looking at his Facebook page rather than his cook book.

Sargeant is a great cook and has every reason to be proud. But that doesn't mean that we want to see numerous, full page shots of him just grinning at the camera; or mawkish, staged shots of the family having a "complete hoot". Authors and editors please take note: food books as a lifestyle may be here to stay, but there is a line and it has been crossed here. I know that other authors are guilty of this, but this book is the new yardstick. If it hadn't been three quid it would still be on the shelf -- simply because of the photos.

The food is beautiful, however. So - five stars for Sargeant's recipes, food knowledge and ethos; minus three stars for the multiple mugshots and baby pictures; plus one star because I stuck googly eyes on most of the photos, which helped put things in perspective and cheered the whole thing up.

If you've got this far and are still giving Sargeant and his army of food stylists the benefit of the doubt, just have a look at the front cover. Does he really eat stuff from a chipped, tin plate? There are *very* few places where serving food in a tin plate is acceptable (National Service canteen; Scout camp; hobo boxcar etc). Yet there he is, chortling merrily to himself and tucking in to beans and mash from an enamelled pie tin. I rest my case.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2012 13:46:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2012 13:50:07 GMT
Mina says:
Very well said, this is a pet peeve of mine as well as I'd rather have photos of the finished meal. Am going to use the googly eyes idea it might help me be able to go through some of the cookbooks I put away because they were like the authors family albums. Must say I loved your "complete hoot" expression I have been searching for that for a while now.
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