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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the rest of Tessa's books, 16 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found (Hardcover)
I write as a cook who enjoys actually reading cookery books, not just cooking from them.
In comparision with Tessa's other books this one has turned out to be less enjoyable. The publishers should take note: The simple fact that the ingredients are not arranged vertically makes it more difficult to grasp the recipe as a whole, it's not as amusing when just flicking through the book for inspiration!
I don't know why but it does give the impression that Tessa hurried through Portugal just to write this book, there's no soul to it if one could say that.
That said, the book as a whole is beautifully published, the photographs amazing and I have tried Pasteis de Nata, very good!
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2008 17:39:36 BDT
Ms L.T. Cook says:
I do not agree at all with the cook from Barcelona re Piri Piri Starfish having no soul ! I don't know how much more soul one would want ! To me Tessa Kiros has captured Portugal beautifully and has demonstrated just how much soul this country and the people have. Thanks Tessa, yet another masterpiece with recipes that actually work.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2008 22:51:46 BDT
K. Johnston says:
Actually I know what the original reviewer means. I found this title a little slight compared to Tessa's previous forays, which I adored. I sensed a little bit too much that the design team had taken the whimsical qualities of her earlier books and gone a little too far - I found this somewhat detracted from the content. I am also not keen on the change in format. However, I look forward to the next offering: Venezia, to see whether this is a little more substantial again in the content department.
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