Top positive review
Lovely looking book, but needs more photos of the actual dishes
on 15 October 2008
This is a gorgeously presented retro-style cookbook that will look fab in any kitchen. It is a bright, solid hardback with glossy pages filled with information on the backgrounds of famous brands and various recipes that enable you to use those branded products you have in the cupboards in new and interesting ways.
The book is written in a simple, chatty style and the recipes range from reasonably easy to quite complex. They also cover a huge variety of dishes, from soups to main courses to desserts and sweets. Would I make them all? No - some of them are a bit weird (Marmite Soup or Mustard Muffins anyone?). But on the other hand, a lot of them look and sound lovely (Chocolate Log with Nutella, Sate Lamb Skewers with Peanut Buuter, Chilli Prawns with Tomato Ketchup, Tabasco Spicy Potatoes, Coffee Layer Cake, etc etc!).
I'm not sure whether this book will actually save you much money on meals, as many of the recipes require a lot of other ingredients aside from the brands you may already have, and these other ingredients tend to involve reasonably expensive foods - pork loin, prawns, game, beef, even lobster. But it may help you to save a few pennies now and again.
The only real criticism I have of this book is that only about 1 in 3 recipes are accompanied by pictures of the cooked dish. The others are on pages which have patterns or pictures of the brand on, and a lot of space seems to be wasted which could have been used to show useful photographs. Personally I like to see what I'm supposed to be cooking! Other than that though, I can recommend this as a great little book.