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Bought this for my husband as he has started showing an interest in cooking things other than toasties and beans on toast. Not what I expected, full of quinoa salads and odd breakfast concoctions. Luckily I read through it before giving him it as he would have been a bit disappointed with how to make avocado on toast. I managed to regift it to someone I didn’t particularly like but it’s not really the point.
I'm an experienced cook, but I found over 90% of the recipes in this book much too fancy/faffy, with ingredients I'd have to buy just for that dish. This is NOT what I'd call home cooking and I have returned it.
Not many recipes and they are Difficult at best. Ingredients are not cheap either. This is not a book for everyday cooking Unless you are trying to impress guests with OTT dishes on a daily basis. Waste of money.
Gordon Ramsey's book, Ultimate cookery course, is so so good, I assumed this one would match it. Sadly not. I'm not sure who it's designed for, students perhaps, amateur cooks looking for a step up from oven chips and fish fingers maybe, but I can't find a single recipe worth cooking. Ultimate cookery course we found about 17 we tried, and most are excellent. This is a shame.
I never write reviews, however, this book's so bad I thought I'd break a habit of a lifetime. I've made 3 recipes from it so far, I'm a pretty accomplished cook and none of them turned out remotely like they were supposed to. The haloumi burgers were too wet, the beef and ale stew needed way more than 2 1/2 hours to cook and wasn't moist enough for dumplings and the leek, potato and sweetcorn soup was bland. I wish I'd bought something else instead