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Brilliant! - But at the same time.....,
This review is from: Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine (Hardcover)
First off I do think that this book is a masterclass in food photography, recipes (and the writing of them) and landscape photography. The one area for me in which this, otherwise well crafted book, falls apart is the layout. Why on earth did they feel the need to have the photos in one half and the recipes in the other?! Fair enough, if you are going to put the name of the dish on the page as well (see Recipes from a 3 Star Chef Limited Edition for the more user friendly way of doing this), but no - I have to find a certain contents page and then flip back through, though to be fair I do believe the publishers were trying to create some sense of atmosphere and place through doing this.
But I should point out this is the only negative that I can take away from this beautifully crafted book. It really does take you to a time and place through the images of windswept Nordic beaches, and brilliantly natural looking food. It even inspired me to do a few dishes at work inspired by this book and Quay (both of which have consumed my time outside of work).
So to put this down, as some have, just because you can't get your hands on a few handfuls of sea buckthorn, is plain wrong. It is a wonderful book, which gently sweeps you along for the ride (even if you do have to flip a few pages every so often), that fully deserves the praise that has been heaped on it.