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1.0 out of 5 stars Gimmicky presentation, 14 Mar. 2014
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I bought this and it arrived three days ago and I can already say this is the most useless cookbook I have. The recipes may all be great but the book is organised in a gimmicky way: per season - and there is no logic to it at all. The only place where you can specifically look for things is the index in the back, which is a truly pathetic way to organize a cookbook.

As someone who loves to cook and who is serious about cookbooks I am really disgusted with this one.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 18:48:38 GMT
linda S says:
If you love to cook it seems odd that you can't see the advantage of being guided by a writer who understands when ingredients are most plentiful and most delicious. Grouping recipes by season makes complete sense.

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 11:55:44 GMT
S Baxter says:
I completely agree with Linda. Grouping recipes by season is completely understandable...the dishes are organised by when you want to eat them. I also find it strange that you find an index pathetic. An index is very useful and most people like to use them.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 17:49:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2014 17:49:48 GMT
J. J. Thie says:
Of course an index is useful. My point was that it is pathetic if that is the only way you can locate certain types of dishes.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 17:53:36 GMT
J. J. Thie says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2014 06:45:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Mar 2014 14:08:07 GMT
Do you really think a 1 star rating is correct? Do you not think a rating of 3 stars would be more appropriate?

Fair enough, you may not like the way the book has been laid out but what about every other aspect of the book?

The fact that only 1 person out of 20 has found your review helpful should tell you something

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2014 21:02:57 BDT
Bella82 says:
I completely agree - I often go to the index first, especially if I've got something to use up and I'm not sure what to do with it. Grouping by season makes the most sense to me.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2014 20:31:53 BDT
Mr says:
Gimmicky? Any chef worth their (Maldon sea) salt organises their menu by seson these days, whether at home or in a restaurant. It's the norm to buy cookbooks now organised by season - a quick scan across my food book shelf shows up 11 out of 40 books that are written that way.

And an index is pathetic? What on earth are you talking about? Surely when you look through a cookbook's index, you're looking for ingredients, you're looking for dishes by what's in them? How else can you find them?

I love this book, I've had it two months and have made nine - yes nine! - amazingly good dishes from it; 4 salads, 2 bakes, 2 poaches and a wonderful dessert (and I never do desserts!). She has a *superb* pallette, does Ms Henry, and she knows her nutrition and technique incredibly well. Which is presumably why she's such an incredibly successful food writer. I honestly thin you don't understand what a great piece of work you have in your hands JJ...

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 15:34:22 BDT
If you were actually serious about cookbooks you would know that there are many cookbooks which are organised according to season or by month. This is not a gimmick. The oldest recipe book I own which is dated 1880 is organised by months. The idea being that most people who like to cook prefer to cook food in season. If you want to cook a particular ingredient then you can look it up in the index. I'm really struggling to see why you have such a problem with this.
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