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Not for the hasty cook - a book to savour,
This review is from: Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef (Hardcover)
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How to describe this book? It is a book with recipes written by a notable chef, but I don't think it can be called a cook book. It is more a combination of travel book and autobiography with recipes. By saying this I do not want to play down the recipes - they are delicious and clearly explained, but I don't think it is a book you could thumb through to find a recipe when you are stumped for something to cook after work. Although most of the ingredients are easily obtainable, they may not be the sort of thing you have readily to hand. Some of the recipes are quick and simple to prepare. Others are more complicated. I made a lamb dish from Morocco which involved quite a few stages and I kept thinking, if I stopped at this point, this would taste excellent. But I persevered and completed all the stages. It was worth it. The results were wonderful and not quite as I expected.
How to use this book? I would suggest reading it straight through, taking a note of recipes that interest you. Then plan a menu, spend time shopping and preparing and getting everything right.
So, it is not a book for spontaneous cooks on the run. It is a book for people who are interested in food, its origins and traditions, but above all for those who really enjoy the act of cooking.