Top critical review
11 people found this helpful
Inspirational but unfortunately inaccurate
on 1 December 2013
Having had this book a number of months now, I have read it with glee but cooked from it with varying results.
Marcus Wareing's introduction explains the premise of the book (being called `Nutmeg and Custard' since this epitomizes important ideals in food such as "flavour, texture, quality, care and technique".
For me the book does this to a point, in that the recipes are very visually inspiring and when putting together meal ideas I do find myself reaching for this book because of the flavour combinations Marcus devises.
However after two epic fails (and some expensive ingredients wasted), I do not trust the recipes to a T, and so do not follow them. This is a real shame. I was unsure whether to give this book two or three stars since it is meant to be a kitchen tool, and it's shameful it doesn't seem to have been proofed at all. However 2 stars does seem too harsh considering I actually still use the book.
The saving grace for me with this book that makes is deserving of three stars ultimately is the photography.
The majority of recipes (I'd guess at two thirds) have fantastic images accompanying them, and Marcus's presentation is inspirational (I have uploaded a couple of images on this product page to try and show some typical pages).
So all in all, there are plenty of other books out there that are better than this one (certainly in terms of recipe accuracy). But now that I own it I do still reach for this book; but if I could get a refund on this one, I probably would. Just wish those recipes were accurate and this would be a 5 star book. Would not especially recommend unless you're a big fan of Marcus Wareing.