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4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome, 19 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Grillhouse (Hardcover)
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Ross Dobson is new to me - I have clearly missed his appearances thus far on UK cooking shows. His writing shows a down-to-earth approach to food - something with which I heartily agree. Too many food writers dress things up in fancy language when what really matters is how the food tastes.

This book is a celebration of the traditional, hearty food that is the staple of many a gastropub up and down the land (and probably throughout much of the English-speaking world). Probably not a title that many vegetarians will want to add to their collection - as there is a distinct lack of options for them in here (though the cheese croquettes look tasty.) There are some good-looking side dishes (the rum and maple sweet potato sounds worth trying) but most veggies would be narked to only have a meal of sides no matter how good!

The content is laid out as you would expect - Starters, Grilled and Baked mains, Sides and then Desserts. There is a good balance between meat and fish options and nothing is made any more complicated than it really needs to be. There is nothing here to scare off the occasional cook. Everything is clearly laid out and explained.

In terms of presentation, the book is well designed. The ribbed cover is most unusual and adds to the quality feel of the production. The pages are a nice, thick, matt paper and the photography throughout is very enticing. One of the fonts used is a little quirky - but you can still read everything perfectly easily. It is, it should be noted, an Australian book - and so a couple of the ingredients might sound unusual - but googling can resolve any doubts you may have as to what to use.

I don't think this is the most adventurous of recipe collections - but then gastropubs are about good food with that retro, comforting feel. Fine dining this isn't - and none the worse for that. It is a well-produced, well-written book with some tempting recipes
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