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This review is from: Roast Chicken and Other Stories: A Recipe Book (Paperback)
Simon Hopkinson is an excellent writer and I eagerly used to read his newspaper columns in The Independent.
So when his 1995 book was republished after being acclaimed as the best cookbook ever I thought I’d buy a copy.
Needless to say I had high expectations of a book that would quickly take on the status of my “Most Favoured Cookbook”.
It hasn’t happened.
The book is in a small format, less than 200 pages long and doesn’t contain that many recipes.
This would not be a problem if those recipes were ones that I simply had to try, or contained the tips I needed to turn ordinary domestic cooking into something worthy of Hopkinson himself. But not so.
There are no magical tips, and most of the recipes are – and I know this is only personal preference – just not ones that I want to cook. The unusual ingredients have been mentioned in other reviews, but even the “normal” ones – roast chicken anyone? – are no better (but certainly no worse) than in any other cookbook I have.
However the writing is up to Hopkinson’s usual, evocative, standard. I just don’t want to cook many of the recipes. And that, for a cookbook, is not good.
So, sadly, not recommended.