7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
inspiration, if you are prepared to work hard,
By A Customer
This review is from: Spoon - Food & Wine (Hardcover)
There is no doubt that Spoon offers some interesting ideas. The problem is that the recipes can be fiendish to follow. At first I thought this was a fault with the quirky layout of the book, but having grappled with this the actual issue is deeper.
The book sometimes reads like a bad translation and although I am an experienced cook, there are recipes where you simply aren’t given enough information. The chocolate fingers with iced white chocolate mousse is an typical example of the problem. (You can search the book content here on Amazon and see for yourself.)
While the book gives inspiration, you will need a good culinary instinct to make them work for you. The cod with coconut milk is a perfect little idea, but unless you have sushi quality cod you’ll want to cook it longer than suggested and adjust with the suggested balance of ingredients.
Along with the cod dish, the baby leek with sesame seeds garnish has worked its way into my regular repertoire. There’s gold in this book, but be prepared to work hard to get at it.