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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and full of personality but ripe for some criticism, 31 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Men Love Pies, Girls Like Hummus (Hardcover)
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Ignoring the, hopefully, tongue-in-cheek title (for one thing in our household I like the hummus...) this is a rewarding book.

It is beautifully laid out with glossy, appealing photos. The content section has a witty (not particularly practical) approach to inviting you in and once you are tempted to explore you'll find many interesting recipes with twists on classics that worked well in our home.

We are big fans of coriander so having a small section dedicated to this magical herb is always going to gone down well for us. And the dinner party food to wow your guests is inspiring - maybe I'll give my friends a copy and fish for an invite...! Overall, it's a book with a lot of personality and enthusiasm for food which can only help its popularity.

Unfortunately there are quite a few drawbacks that eat into its overall success in my opinion. The `girls like hummus' section illustrates the pigeon-holing that gets a bit annoying. This section, which is intended to be `full or recipes to cook for the ladies in your life' is mostly salads and light seafood dishes. I can assure you that the ladies in my life would be just as happy to rip this section out and head for the pies.

Then there's the criticism that many trendy recipe books are subject to - inaccessibility of ingredients. Rabbit & Snail Paella... Buffalo rendang... not from my local supermarket that's for sure. Also, there are a few examples where premium ingredients aren't delivered in their most satisfying way. I'd not be keen to put duck breasts in a food processor to make meatballs out of them! And my Goan in-laws had never heard of a green chicken curry - having lived there a while myself I can attest that chicken hardly ever shows up on a goan plate. Its an example of a nice generic recipe being made to sound a bit more unusual than it really is by association with a particular region.

The book is a success and will give you some fun in the kitchen but it won't have universal appeal.
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