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I found it a bit patronizing in the introduction and I do not like the organization
on 28 September 2014
I need pictures to make me an idea of how a recipe would look and this book has about 6 pages of pictures, that is all. There are some interesting recipes, but some a bit too complicated and some I do not even know where to get the ingredients in the UK. By the way, I have been told that the Cottage Curd Cheese that is mentioned so often in SCD diets (US) is the same thing as Quark here in the UK (the one without anything added). Measurements are only American, with no conversions.
I had the "Against all grain" book, which has lots of pics (and a conversion table at the end), and maybe I was a bot spoiled, but I do need pictures for recipes, for me it is a big element of a recipe book. Other than that, I found it a bit patronizing in the introduction and I do not like the organization. Why do I need a section for food for kids (at the very end)? I have that issue with the other one too. Let me decide what food I give my kids or what treats I want for myself, instead of separating in two different parts of the book these recipes when they are perfectly fine together! I just think it is not properly organized, we have the breakfast options almos at the end, when mock starches are in the middle, followed by desserts, when "just for kids" is right before the "resources and aknowledgements" sections. I think you either classify by type of ingredient or by type of meal, it is just difficult to know where is what and it feels like we jump from one thing to another and back again.
That said, my complains are more of the design than of the content. If you can picture a recipe without a photograph, these are relatively simple and it is a good alternative to "Against all Grain", I think it would complement that one, but if you are buying just one, I would say get the other one because the bread is quite good and it has pictures for all recipes too.