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Poor formatting of kindle version
2 January 2019
Bought this on the basis of the glowing reviews, but after skimming through the Kindle version, I've just asked Amazon for a refund.
A few problems:
* The Kindle formatting is just horrible (viewed in the App on my laptop). It either shows a small page in the middle of the screen, or you try to expand the page width and it gives you a double page spread but with the end of one recipe bumping up against the start of a new one rather than just having one recipe on screen. Most recipes go over more than one page when it should be easy to put them all on the same page in an electronic version. Some of the pictures are really small and some seem to be missing entirely (hard to know if that's just in the Kindle version or if some recipes just don't have pictures).
* As is common with Kindle versions of cookbooks, there are mistakes that I imagine haven't made it into the final print version. For example, the author has written a recipe that includes taleggio cheese. Somewhere down the line, someone must have pointed out to her that taleggio isn't vegetarian and it's been switched to mozzarella. However, in the kindle version, the recipe title still mentions taleggio. This always makes me suspicious that a recipe has been written and tested with one cheese in mind and then another has been hastily substituted afterwards. Has it even been tested with that cheese? If not for the mistake, I would just assume that the recipe had been properly tested, but the mistake leaves me with lingering doubts.
* Many of the recipes aren't really full meals. They aren't even full meals if you stick them on top of rice or stir in pasta. The vegan offerings in particular often seem like side dishes. I find this is a common problem when people who aren't vegetarians or vegans try to write vegetarian/vegan recipes. At the back of their minds, they must be thinking that when they make the dish, they'll just throw a chicken breast in there to round it out. There were a few recipes that did look complete, but most would need quite a bit cooking separately on the side which rather defeats the purpose of this book. I think it would probably be a good book for non-vegetarians to add some veg-heavy elements to a large family meal/pot-luck/buffet, but it's not an everyday book for a vegetarian.
All in all, not really what I was looking for. I probably would have kept it if it wasn't for the formatting issues, but at this price, it's just not worth it when I can't view recipes properly.