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on 11 June 2012
Like many other reviewers, upon receiving this book I was mightily impressed by the product itself. Very cleverly laid out, witty asides and photos that capture the earthiness of the many dishes. However, I have now attempted several recipes from the book and none of them turned out well. It the worst cases the quantities of ingredients are wildly wrong, leading to dishes that are barely edible. An example of this was the Clafoutis recipe that turned out as chewy mass of rubber, or the Coq au vin that turned out dry and stringy as a result of the overnight marinading recommended by the recipe. The pork rillettes recipe encourages overcooking rather than stressing the importance of the final result being very pale (not brown) in colour. For traditional French recipes I would rather rely on something like "I Know How to Cook" where the recipes have been tried and tested by several generations of French home cooks.
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