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Nice to look at....but dissapointing.
on 30 April 2011
I was rather disappointed with this book.
I had ordered this and the Mary Berry & Lucy Young 'Cook up a feast' book for inspiration when I was planning a casual drinks/supper evening for a group of friends. They are very different books as the Mary Berry volume is really geared up for entertaining for a crowd with no-nonsense friendly guidance and a real 'can do' approach which makes you want to get started and try everything!
This book is a much more sophisticated take on simple 'entertaining' for a select small group of friends (though obviously recipes can easily be doubled for higher numbers). There are sections for brunches, casual meals, outdoor eating as well as dinner party ideas and suggestions for larger gatherings.
I will definitely use this book at some point, it's just that it didn't grab me! It's all lovely to look at, floating you beautifully through it's pages...but I know I won't reach for this as often as my VERY well worn Nigella, Lynne Bedford Hall, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater & Tamasin Day-Lewis beauties!!
I also have 'Rachels favourite food at home' so should have known what to expect- another lovely book (though almost too many scene setting photos of the chef!)- just, somehow, lacking a passion. It's gone onto the shelf for now.