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on 27 December 2015
there's a lot of reviews about this book being a bit dated and i won't disagree but its not so out of date that its bad
there are enough ideas of how to create effects and ideas about how to plate your dinner party and everyday food
its not going to be the lightbulb moment but it may make you think more about how you plate food and the interviews with the chefs are great for grounding your ideas
otherwise it will make you look at the pictures in other cookbooks and give you some idea as to why they have plated food in certain ways
but yes its a little to basic as a book on its own and yes its a little dated
really in short if your a chef or seasoned foodie then give it a miss
but if your new to cooking or need a little inspiration about how to plate food differently then it maybe worth a go
hope this is helpful
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on 18 June 2014
Am salivating just by looking at the photos. Makes me feel inspired to make lots of lovely food, want to have dinner parties to try out the tips given here.
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on 6 April 2016
While looking beautiful, I was looking forward to getting more out of it. I felt that the images only covered certain parts of the plating techniques and left other parts to be assumed by the reader.
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on 18 February 2016
Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Somehow it just doesn't do it for me... a couple of step-by-step pictures and no clear image of the finished plate. :(
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on 14 August 2016
Thrilled with post purchae amd servicebb
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on 22 February 2016
Out dated old fashioned techniques with poor explanation nothing you couldn't workout by watching a couple YouTube video
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on 14 August 2015
Tired and dated but could be good for anyone throwing an 80's themed dinner party
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on 3 January 2015
Great stuff
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on 9 February 2015
70% of my expectations
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on 25 November 2007
The negative reviews and low rating of this book left me so flabbergasted that I had to put in my 2c. I love this book and have bought two additional copies for friends as gifts.

OK, it's probably not a book for professional chefs or people who have been plating food at home since they were two bricks and tickey high. But if you've recently discovered plating, and need ideas on how to get started yourself, or progress your beginning experiments, this book is actually a quite wonderful foundation!

It takes you through eight different approaches to the plate. There are photographs of the finished plate, and some accompanying how-to help, also with photographs. Don't expect recipes! It's not a recipe book. The only recipes you get are there to help you through the plating experience.

One reviewer accuses the book of being dated. Well, perhaps it's very dated to make a chocolate bowl to serve your dessert in, but wow, does it make a hit when you serve that chocolate bowl to guests. You will never get an up-to-date book on anything, it takes a couple of years to get a book into print. Having a foundation on plating helps you make sense of what's been done on your plate in a restaurant.

Most home cooks don't believe they can make their food look as pretty as it does in a restaurant. This book will show that it's possible. There are very, very few books on how to approach it; I've only found two others - Dishing with Style, which is actually a recipe book that gives you two ways to serve each dish, and Stacks, which shows you how to master just one form of presentation.

My view on this book is 100% positive and I wish there were more like it.
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