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Sometimes Obvious, but Handy for the Saucieres Out There
on 2 September 2011
This book is, as not so subtly suggested by the title, centred around grilling meat. As such, most of the recipes are simple enough - there isn't much in here that is complicated or difficult in terms of process, and the idea is that well cooked meat (or seafood) speaks for itself. Where I found real value was the interesting and varied collection of sauces and dressings to accompany the dishes. There are some great ideas for garnishes in here that might make it worth a look if you're stuck for ideas. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and there is a lovely tone to the writing, reverent of the food but not sanctimonious, that inspires and reassures nervous cooks like myself.
In terms of presentation, this, like many other recipe books, is absolutely beautiful. The pages are clean and sparse, the recipes brief and the pictures are lush.
It's a great book for a carnivore to flick dreamily through, but it doesn't really offering the adventurous gourmet chef too much to excite.