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Another success from Maria Elia
on 14 November 2011
I was extremely pleased when I saw that Marie Elia was releasing another book. The very best thing about Maria Elia's books are the inventive flavour combinations... she is genuinely talented in this regard, and shares it so well. I was already a huge fan of her first book, The Modern Vegetarian, but I've never used it for the whole family and preferred to save it for dinner parties. My family isn't vegetarian (but I prefer to eat like one generally), so I was hopeful that there would be a broader offering. I think this book is fantastic! I have tried a few recipes already and believe they are marginally less complicated than her first book but still hugely full of flavour. My husband and children (8,6 and 3) made the Meatloaf recipe this weekend and everyone was extremely happy with it: it's quite adult for a meatloaf and no one was complaining. Even better the next day, too. I can't think of a better way to elevate children's tastes and there's a lot more on offer here so I know we'll be using the book.
A few things to note:
- the book is beautifully produced, with a great cover that allows the book to stay flat while using it;
- this might not be one for a truly beginning cooks, as it does assume that you know how to treat some of the ingredients. That said, it's entire basis is to make you think about combinations and substitutions, and making the dish one's own, so is hugely instructional and adaptable;
- but there are a few odd, less accessible ingredients that reviewers will inevitably moan about;
- and there are typos in the first addition... more than one or two. These will get sorted, so you might want to ignore overly critical reviews.
I don't generally review things -- and my cookbook collection is massive -- but I genuinely hope lots of people find this book and get some enjoyment from it!