Top positive review
Perfect for nervous cooks, confident cooks and everyone in between
11 January 2019
This is a beautiful and extraordinary book. I know other reviews will focus on the personal essays which accompany the recipes, encouraging and illuminating them, but I feel the need to mention the quality of the instructions in the recipes themselves. My partner, who does not cook and is afraid of it, read them and felt immensely reassured that somebody had written out things you actually need to know in order to cook, but which many cook books seem to consider too obvious to mention. There is an entire section of delicious things to make when you are busy and/or tired and/or haven’t been to the shops, which is the main kind of cooking that exists in life, in my experience. It is such a kind and compassionate book, and also such a compelling read that I stayed up far too late last night because I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait to eat the tomato soup, the cauliflower cheese, the pikelets, and every recipe that involves ready-rolled puff pastry. It’s going to be a delicious 2019. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough.