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Jumping on the bandwagon?
on 29 September 2008
I fail to see the connection between this book and Sunday Lunch as an institution, and I never noticed Gordon campaigning for its 'revival' on any other platform than in this book (unlike Jamie Oliver, who gets a bee in his bonnet about e.g. school dinners but does follow it through).
The idea of creating 3 course menus and setting out a schedule of what to prepare when are very helpful, but leafing through it I didn't find that many recipes that the average family would happily select to cook and eat for Sunday lunch - pan seared foie gras? curried monkfish? clams with aioli? Bet the kids would love that! They look and sound lovely, and as a confident cook I'd have no qualms about attempting most of them, but as the basis of a 'campaign' for encouraging more families to share a weekly meal, this book doesn't stand up. It would need to be more child friendly and less daunting in its content and techniques. Rather than chicken with a morel veloute, perhaps roast chicken with home made stuffing and proper gravy, or something else less exciting but more approachable. As a collection of recipe this is more suited to meals you'd eat in the evening with friends.
And as far as including a DVD goes, there are so many full-page photos of Gordon throughout the book that I've seen more than enough of him without watching this as well. Had he produced a simple family recipe book that really spoke to the average cook a DVD of basic techniques would have been a useful extra, but since this book doesn't do that, I can't see the point of the DVD.
Should really lose the Sunday Lunch tag and be re-named Recipes from the F Word, as that's all it is.