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Why would you buy this book?
on 24 February 2014
A good question indeed, why buy this book;
1) You have no intention of trying the recipes.
2) You're the pretentious type that seeks to impress.
3) By its cover?
4) 'Cos you like looking at the pictures.
5) Because it's fun to have something useless laying around?
6) Because you can't make a baked potato (I'm serious)
7) Because you can't figure out 'mashed parsnips' (again,... this is actually in the 'book')
8) Because you like the thought that owning the book allows you to become a veritable Egon Ronay overnight and scythe down good 'fayre' in restaurants? go on admit it... this actually appeals to you...
9) etc etc....
Good reasons NOT to buy the book;
1) All of the above.
2) It's not completely nose -to-tail even though the compilation does attempt to use many parts of the animal that you'll not be able to source without a struggle.
3) it's 40mm thick. Perfect for a doorstop.... or weighty projectile(?)
4) if you are of the Jewish persuasion. (pretty obvious really!)
5) etc... gibber... gibber...
As another person has pointed out... this would be a good book if we were in the early 1900's... we're not. It's a 'cook' book if you have no intention of using it to cook. period. And as another has quite rightly assessed.. if you want to use a book to cook with, stick with the 'celebs' books.
So, hands up who wants to be pretentious?
Revision 1.1 Oct 2014.
Reduced from a whopping two stars to one star as the binding has failed on the book. Can't even rely upon the decent manufacture of books. All we did was use it to elevate some strawberry planters over the summer! Can I send it back for a refund? It did however add a good inch and half to planter height... And the strawberries were very tasty (in case you were wondering).