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Disappointing and pompous,
This review is from: Friends at My Table: A year of eating, drinking and making merry (Hardcover)
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I couldn't wait to get this cookbook having seen the cover and read the synopsis. It seemed just like the quirky cookbook I was looking for to add to my collection. The cover, as many on here have already said, is quite kitsch and I liked the puffiness of it, however turn the page and the disappointment begins. The differing fonts and font sizes is so distracting it's virtually unreadable but that is the least irksome aspect of the book. The single main reason why I will not be reading or opening this book again is the nonsensical and frankly patronising 'inbetween' sections on spotting clouds, the rules of cricket and building your own fire pit. Oh and the constant exclamations of 'I love to retire to the country with my horse and cook for all of my very rich friends'. I would consider myself to live a fortunate life for which I am very grateful. Where I come from it is exceedingly bad manners to refer to your own living circumstances especially if you are doing so to impress others. In fact it is crass and unseemly.
As for the recipes, they are complicated and not very practical with ingredients that are hard to get and expensive to buy (not everyone wants to spend their money on food). In addition, I was very disappointed and confused when the first 'event' that she started with was the Vietnamese style bridal shower. I mean, how many of those do people attend in a lifetime let alone require a separate recipe for?
The only reason this is awarded 1 star (other than the fact that I have to give it something) is that the pastrami recipe was very good and the result is absolutely wonderful. That is all.