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As a solid collection of basics, this fits the Bill,
This review is from: Best of Bill (Hardcover)
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Bill Granger's style is wonderfully simple and straightforward. At the risk of cultural stereo-typing, he's just a "straight up Aussie". So with his recipe books, you don't get stories about how each recipe was passed down from Great Aunt Dolly or whoever. Nor do you get a pseudo-erotic description of the texture of the ingredients. And talking of the ingredients, you won't need to Google the names of them before searching out a specialist deli. He uses ingredients that we've all heard of, and which are readily available. What do you want from a recipe book? Good, reliable recipes that maybe have a nice picture of what it's supposed to look like, right? Well that's what Bill gives you.
Split into: Breakfast; Lunch; Tea; Dinner and Desserts (see, nice straightforward meals again) you get a collection of roughly 20-25 recipes in each. Many are basics done well. He's not adverse to giving us a couple of pages on "Bill's Eggs" (well, technically they are the chicken's eggs I suppose) where he tells you how to do the basics right. More ambitious and experienced cooks might feel this is beneath them - but this is not an ambitious cook book. In fact, while each recipe is tempting, it's hardly the most innovative. Mostly they are things you have heard of.
If you already have a shelf full of Granger books, this also might not be for you - it's like a "greatest hits" collection rather than new recipes. But to have all the basics in one book is excellent. He's a bit like a cool Delia in that regard.
I've tried several of the recipes and the quantities and timings are all spot on. The Coconut and Lime Macadamia cake is fantastic as was the Honey Cheesecake. Most of the main courses feed four - but some feed two (well they all feed two, it's just that there's seconds if the recipe's for four). The Lamb Biryani was fab as was the Spaghetti with Garlic and Spinach (there are some veggie recipes - but he is Australian so don't expect too many vegetation-based offerings).
If you are looking for an inspirational cook book, this might not be the first choice but if you want a relatively basic cookery book that you will return to again and again - this fits the Bill (sorry!).