5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
OK but not outstanding,
This review is from: In the Mood for Food (Paperback)
This is a nice enough book but, in my view, it is nowhere near as good as Jo Pratt's other book, 'In the Mood for Entertaining'. There are some lovely recipes but, for me, a lot of things I will never use or which I could put together easily without a recipe. I should perhaps mention that I am a keen, experienced cook with 350+ cookery books which undoubtedly affects my view.
I didn't like the layout which is divided into sections based on mood e.g. In the Mood for Being Healthy, In the Mood for some Comfort, In the Mood for Romance. Some of these chapters contain complete menus which some might find useful. This sort of structure just doesn't work for me - I would rather have all starters, mains, etc in one place, so that when I'm flicking through, looking for inspiration for a particular course, I can rapidly see everything. I found it particularly annoying that desserts were spread out all through the book, especially when there already was a chapter called 'In the Mood for Something Naughty but Nice' containing puds, cakes, etc.
The recipes themselves are fine, although I felt that there was a preponderance of desserts, puddings and various types of drinks and comparatively few main course dishes. To give you a flavour of the recipes here is a selection. Main courses include Chianti baked meatballs; a very nice cheese, onion & potato pie; tomato, ricotta & basil tart; parmesan-crusted chicken with avocado salad; creamy caramelized onion & parmesan pasta. Soups included frozen pea & mascarpone soup; cauliflower cheese soup; chilled watermelon & pepper soup. Turning to the sweet stuff, of which there is plenty, I loved the white choc & macadamia cookies, there is a fabulous chocolate triple hit (very rich chocolate tart with chocolate orange pastry & served with malted milk chocolate ice-cream); marshmallow meringues with mango, passion fruit & raspberries; passion fruit & lime meringue pie.
The recipes are pretty straightforward and use easily available ingredients. I think it might be a excellent book for inexperienced cooks - the instructions are clear, the photography is of the type to inspire you to cook.
I would have rated as 3 ½ stars but Amazon won't let me.