Firstly the good bits are that there are lots of delicious looking pictures here and the flavour combinations work brilliantly as you would expect.
The bad bits in my opinion are that the recipes are poorly written with unnecessarily complex instructions. I have tried a number of the recipes and none so far have turned out anywhere near acceptably on the first attempt using the instructions only as a guide.
To give an example of how the prep is organised, in one of the recipes for roast vegetables among the long list of overly complex instructions are too parcook fennel for 8 minutes before refreshing, setting aside and then parcooking baby corn for three, refreshing and then asparagus for 2 before refreshing. It would make much more sense to say parcook the fennel for 5 mins before adding asparagus for 1 and then asparagus for a final two minutes. This takes 8 mins total instead of 13 which the recipe suggests. This is one example but the recipes are littered with poorly organised instructions. What I want from a recipe is concise information and possibly a footnote on what may go wrong if you don't consider z,y,z. After all the chef we would presume has made the recipe lots of times. Plus, although I do enjoy cooking I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen.
The recipes are frustrating to follow the first time and I do not personally feel now after three recipes in a row that they are likely to achieve success the first time. I blame the way in which the recipes are written and it is a shame as it has made my wary of using it in the future and with so much competition on my book shelf from other cooks books this one has gone down a division.
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