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Watch out for doctored recipes
on 5 January 2017
Loved the series but the book has a few faults. First, I agree with other reviewers about the layout/ordering of recipes. I too would prefer them to be organised by place visited.
However, my big complaint - which applies to his previous Venice to Istanbul book too - is that the recipes are not always as shown on screen. I am currently re-watching the tv series with the book to hand, and in several instances the recipes are different. For example, Rick has just made apple strudel on screen and used currants. The recipe specifies raisins! Why?!
It's not a question of making smaller amounts for the book. Rick made chicken marsala on screen with one chicken breast and used 3 cloves of garlic; the book gives a recipe for 4 breasts & specifies ONE clove! It's more that the recipes have been toned down, possibly made to adhere more closely to what someone thinks will be British tastes? If so, I think they have totally missed the point. I want to recreate - as far as possible - what these dishes would taste like if I followed Rick to Vienna, or wherever. (This theory doesn't explain the swapping of currants to raisins either!)
If you really want to make a recipe from the series, I suggest you get the book and then find the relevant episode & watch again, with a pen to hand to annotate your book!