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Not for everyone.
on 11 March 2014
I had very high hopes for this book, having looked through the 'look inside' option on Amazon, so I was delighted to get it as a present.
The first thing that strikes you is that that a LOT of his recipes contain pulses. Kidney beans, chick peas, borlotti beans, lentils - you name them, they are on almost every page. This is of no use to me as my husband has an intolerance and cannot eat them. The second thing is that a lot of the recipes are suitable for the Summer, not Winter - heavy on salads.
Despite these points, I set to and made several of the recipes, to vastly varying success.
The chocamocha breakfast bomb was a great start to the day, and surprisingly filling. The chocolate sesame 'fudge' was good, and worked. The Barley risotto, my husband and I ate, but the kids wouldn't eat it, labelling it 'slimy'.
I am a good, experimental cook, but some of the recipes failed me completely. The porridge with coconut milk and rosewater was so thick and cloying as to be virtually inedible. The uncooked flapjack oat bars just wouldn't stay together, however, having bought some Matcha (at vast cost) I wasn't going to give up, so I added more coconut oil, some agave syrup, some dried cranberries - and cooked it!
And seriously, to give over a double page spread to a toasted bagel, spread with peanut butter and sliced banana and call it a recipe?
I applaud his ideals, but for someone who is already a reasonable, healthy cook, there's not much in here.
For radically different healthy recipes (that work!) try Susan Jane White.
Or just stick with Nigel Slater.