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Around the World in 80 Dishes: Classic Recipes from the World's Favourite Chefs Hardcover – 1 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848875223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848875227
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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He's best friends with Jamie, has Heston and Gordon on speed dial... so is it any wonder acclaimed food photographer has just written his first cookbook? Grazia [A] lovely new book... Loftus has written a fascinating travelogue peppered with stories about his work and featuring 80 recipes - one for every day of Fogg's odyssey - many of them contributed by the stellar role call of chefs he has worked with... Irish Times Weekend Magazine The stories and images of some of the most inspiring and delicious recipes that the photographer encountered from Europe to the Middle East. The Times

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David Loftus, one of the world's leading food photographers, brings together some of the world's greatest chefs - including Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Nigella Lawson - in 2012's most stylish cookbook.

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As a keen fan of David Loftus' photography; it was great to find that a cookery book containing selected recipes by the man himself, his family and the cooks and chefs he has worked with was available. There is no denying that Around the World in 80 Dishes contains both wonderful recipes (most of which are quite achievable by home cooks who enjoy world or fusion cooking) and some fascinating, personal glimpses of one of the most successful, yet out of the public limelight, professional photographers.

David Loftus has a warm, friendly and informative writing style too, so much so that I would love to see him do more cooking or food-related writing in future. If it's possible to get away from behind the camera for long enough. I do want to thoroughly recommend it for other readers who love cooking and admire the wonderful images he makes that brings cookery books alive, but, unfortunately there are a few problems.

It is a compilation book, mostly. For some home cooks, myself included, this can be an ideal way to introduce new or old recipes that encourage further discovery. For others it will mean duplication of recipes as I spotted one I already have in another book. Understandably, Jamie Oliver features quite strongly with nine recipes included overall. As I'm not really into all of Jamie Oliver's recipes I don't know if these have been included in his other books.

There's something a bit odd going on with quantities. Recipes can range between 2-4 person servings, then from 6-10 people. It does make me wonder why the recipes contributed weren't edited or standardised for 2-6 people?
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This is an unusual book, which wants to tell the story of the journey around the world through food. It's the first time I have come across David Loftus, who is apparently one of the world's leading food photographers. You immediately realise that it's not your usual cook book, as it's very heavy on illustrations, unusual backgrounds and unusual typefaces. You can look at the back cover of the dust jacket to get a flavour of what's inside. The core of the book has to be the 80 recipes, and for me it just doesn't work at all for a few reasons.

Rather than breaking down chapters into starters, salads, mains, desserts, sides and so on, it is broken down by geographical regions (the chapter titles in chronological order are: London: The Journey Begins, Europe, Egypt & The Middle East, India, Asia & The Orient, America, The Atlantic Crossing and Great Britain: The End of the Journey). This non-standard layout can make the book seem a bit jumbled and random. For me there are too many conserves/chutney, cocktails, salads and soups with not enough main courses and desserts. The serving sizes vary too much. This I suppose is a consequence of using recipes from many different chefs, but it all adds to the confused feeling of the book. It it hard to be sure but with some of the recipes the photographs seem to include ingredients not in the recipe. The layout of the book just seems all wrong to me, and the look and feel of the book I don't like. It's hard work to look through all the clutter to read the recipes. It all seems like an attempt to be very artistic, which may appeal to some people but unfortunately not to me. The quality of the recipes is what I'm mainly looking for and sadly on that count this book is a bit of a let down.
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I chose this book primarily for the food photography. There are some interesting dishes through out the book, but many may find it is a little different from most cook books as the dishes are a little haphazard. Still a great book with some interesting little anecdotes!
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A good value and lovely cookery book. Beautiful illustrations and some inspirational recipes. A must purchase for anyone who loves cooking and cookery books.
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This book has same very interesting recipes and same are quite easy to make if someone is having a party the book has same good ideas
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