16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book - great as a gift as well!,
This review is from: Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The time-honoured ways are the best - over 700 recipes show you why (Hardcover)
Forgotten Skills of Cooking is a beautifully presented book. I purchased it as a present for a friend who's cook book collection is well over a hundred cookbooks - and this was a welcome and stand out addition for her. In fact, I loved it so much, I had to buy it for myself as well! 'Forgotten Skills' is laid out well chapter wise. Its chapters like "Foraging" early in the book are unusual and a delight to read (although probably not as useful on a day to day being a city dweller). Its individual chapters for "Preserving", "Bread", and "Puddings" are great as well, along with the various meat chapters. It's wonderful to read with an old-school, homely approach to cookery, ingredients and methods. The accompanying pictures and beautiful purple ribbon bookmark against the colours of the book, give reading it the feel that you are travelling back in time, and recapturing a time when food was down to earth, and honest. It visits some aspects of cooking that are almost secretive, and attempting certain processes in the book is like playing tribute to how your granny and how she cooked! Along with information about ingredients and techniques, Darina's dialogue of her personal tips throughout (linking it back to Ballymaloe or her childhood etc) provide a more intimate tone throughout the book (making it something I've found myself just reading just for sheer pleasure, when not even looking for a recipe). With regards to recipes - I've cooked a number from the book, each has always turned out well if you follow them step by step. I think part of the reason the book is so special as well, is because it has recipes for things like how to make your own black pudding or preserving, its has lots of little gems in there for everyone. Well worth purchasing, its pretty unique and you will love it!