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on 15 August 2017
Lovely book.
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on 29 December 2014
Gave this only 2* as was disappointed there is no recipe index which means you have to flick through each section to see what recipes are there. Contains some unusual recipes and the layout is a bit confusing not sure it's right for the kindle
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 September 2013
Are you going to open this book and start cooking or just spend all of your time looking at the recipes and drooling over the great food photography? What a conundrum - after all, these are recipes you may want to try yet you could be forgiven for feeling that there is no way on earth that you COULD do it.

This book sets out to get you cooking as well as mastering many key skills such as curing meats, smoking fish and making your own preserves along the way. The recipes are split between key types (meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, cheese and dairy and so on) and within this a split is made between meals. Within each section is a range of tailored overviews and guides but this is a book that you should try and browse sequentially at least once to really get the most out of the knowledge on offer and build up an irresistible hunger.

Surprisingly for such a richly-illustrated book not every recipe features its own photograph and that feels like a bit of a strange oversight, especially when you consider you could frame many of these images and display them on your wall such is their quality. They do really draw you in. The book's design is relatively clean and easy to follow, yet this reviewer doesn't care for the faux blackboard design used at times and the strange handwriting font that can be a bit hard to read. Full praise must be given for the use of metric and imperial measures throughout AND the presence of an estimated preparation and cooking time for each recipe. This can really help the stressed cook plan a menu and even get a bit of a handle as to whether an arduous task is really taking longer than it should, or whether the cook has made a boo-boo along the way. So many books miss out this simple, yet appreciated little thing.

The recipes are to die for, even if some of the ingredients might not be to your liking or you might feel "squeamish" over them. If you are even the slightest bit ambitious with what you like to eat when you have the chance, you will find lots of things to try in this book. Yet everything is presented in a way that will have you believe that you CAN and WILL get restaurant-quality meals at home, but it will involve a little bit of work. There can be some fun in testing this thesis out, that is for sure. The recipes are well structured and clearly written, so it should not be something a confident home cook who follows the instructions cannot do. It just needs a bit of time and investment. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that everything takes a lot longer than it actually does (and here you see the benefit of the clearly-stated preparation and cooking times!).

One can hope that certain restauranteurs read this book as this reviewer has eaten in many "better" restaurants and received something much "less" over the years despite paying richly for the privilege. Time to up your game ladies and gentlemen. With a book like this at your side and some good ingredients, why would you necessarily want to go out?

So this reviewer can only end by saying that this is a great, different book. It is not necessarily something that a harassed family cook might necessarily consider using but they should do that as many of the recipes could easily be prepared and cooked within the hour and the hopefully receptive audience might think you've slaved all day in the kitchen. You might be able to "cheat" and buy your own preserves or ready smoked fish, for example, but it is still going to be worth making these wonderful recipes even if you get a bit of help along the way.
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on 21 February 2015
Can't wait to try these recipes. So inspirational. A beautifully illustrated book. A good combination of how to make and use preserves
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on 8 January 2017
Had this book for a while, just tried the Cranberry & Pistachio biscotti recipe and was disappointed. No flavour. I cant base my view on the whole book by one recipe but Biscotti (Italian biscuits) are easy to make so a good biscuit to try. The flour was plain but not 00 and it didnt say the size of the eggs which I think now should be medium. A bit miffed which is why I wrote this review.
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on 18 April 2015
I enjoyed the book the story's behind each recipe are nice
Would be nice to have a index so you can see each recipe
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on 11 February 2015
Item purchased after having borrowed copy from library. Useful recipes, good price and prompt delivery.
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on 2 March 2016
This has definately become one of my favorite cook books. Love The Bay Tree recipe books.
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on 24 January 2017
SAW IN LOCAL SHOP AT £25.....EXCELLENT BOOK WELL PRICED THANK YOU
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on 11 September 2015
A gift which was well received and now well used.
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