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Usual mix of posh and do-able
on 29 November 2011
This is a lovely retro feel book with an old fashioned cover and a marker ribbon. So far I like.
There is an expansive vegetarian section which was, in my view, better than the meat section, despite my being a confirmed carnivore (or maybe an omnivore, more accurately).
The New Potatoes with Stinking Bishop Cheese, Dad's Prawn Curry and Caeser Salad are top of my list and easy enough. I have already made the Mushrooms Baked with Hazelnuts and Pecorino (substituting Pecorino for a mixture of Stilton and Parmesan) and they were fabulous.
I loved the full colour photographs and easygoing writing style. I loved the dessert chapter and I loved the fish section.
However, one thing that puts me off cookbooks and makes them seem a little less accessible is the apparent need to list as many ingredients as possible in the title of the dish. It sounds so fussy and off putting. However, I cannot criticise Mr Warner for this as it goes on everywhere and has done for years.
So I will leave you to ponder the importance of Salt Pollock With Peppers, Oranges and Chickpeas, or the Sardines With Garlic, Coriander and Fennel Seeds AND Sherry Vinegar.
Or just turn to page 142 and make the Kedgeree.