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on 30 April 2010
I received this book as a gift, and picked out three recipes - a soup, a main course and a dessert. It was simply frustrating to use this book. Yes, the ingredients list is basic, and the cooking process appears simple. However, nothing turned out the way it was supposed to throughout the cooking process. This cost me precious time, in making modifications to the ingredients, adjusting cooking times and processes etc.
A recipe book should, as a starting point, be reasonably reliable and accurate. This one really turned my kitchen into a living hell. The end result simply did not reflect the effort put into getting these dishes in shape - at best, they all turned out all right, but compared to the amount of effort, a complete waste of time. In other words, there are many other recipes for similar dishes I've come across, which took up half the time and energy, and were double the results in terms of the taste factor.
I have used other recipe books - Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver, Rachel Allen, Nigel Slater, Sue Lawrence, Mai Pham, Fuschsia Dunlop, Madhur Jeffrey etc - and their recipes are more or less spot on. I would dare pick any of their recipes, and use them for the first time to entertain friends, confident that they would not let me down.
This book, however, I would not rush into using again. Too unreliable to the point that the cooking process becomes frustrating rather than pleasurable.