Top critical review
Expensive ingredients for generic-tasting food
2 October 2018
Really disappointed in this book. I’ve tried about 6 of the recipes (the ones that don’t involve hard-to-find ingredients, which is most of them) and the results are distinctly ‘bleh’. The general comment for them seems to be ‘it’s ok but I wouldn’t rush to make it again’.
I’m a huge fan of Meals In 30 Mins and some of those recipes are now household staples - they’re really tasty and quite inventive, particularly given that they mostly involve everyday ingredients (Cypriot Chicken is outstanding). But these Italian recipes are just the opposite - they mostly seem to have at least one weird, expensive ingredient but the end result tastes very generic (the Stracotto, for example, tastes like bog-standard beef stew and the Chicken Bastardo is just ordinary chicken - the end result doesn’t justify the effort).
I’ll try a few more I guess but I’m not hopeful.