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2.0 out of 5 stars A very pretty book; one for the coffee table,not the kitchen, 27 Sep 2009
This review is from: A Piece of Cake (Hardcover)
I was looking forward to this book as it is also published under the title of Sweet and Savoury Swedish Baking and I particularly wanted a comprehensive Swedish baking book so I found it a big disappointment to find the majority of the recipes are not Swedish, they are mainly French, English and lots of Italian. The few Swedish recipes are found mainly in the Bread section. And although her background is Swedish-Moroccan there were no recipes with a Middle-Eastern slant either. The recipes in the book are fairly mundane and easily found in other baking books.

I found also found it irritating that her approach is to take one basic recipe such as Scones and then offer 9 variations on it. The same with Muffins and Sponge Cakes and so on and even Apple Crumble. This really means there are many fewer recipes than is at first apparent.

The publisher's blurb mentions Leila's "famous Lingonberry Cake" as part of the contents but search as I may, I have yet to locate it in this book.

The two recipes I tried were both failures; Chocolate Darlings used far too much butter and eggs and was a "sad' cake indeed. I then tried a version of the same recipe from another book and it worked perfectly! As I love apple cakes I tried the Apple Sponge, it rose beautifully and the apples did not sink as is so often the case but it was tasteless and of a strange consistency, a couple of bites and I ditched the cake.

The book is plentifully illustrated with pretty photographs of children's picnic tables, picnic baskets, children's birthday party tables, little girls daintily smudging their lips with cupcake icing and drinking Leila's homemade squash, not to mention numerous photos of Leila herself. But it's the recipes that matter and they don't impress.

This is a baking book of style over substance. Not for serious bakers hoping to find new and inspirational recipes.
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