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99p on kindle is pretty good value, not sure there’s much in here to get excited about that I would either male regularly or haven’t seen a similar version of before. How many cook books do we really need?
To start with the positives: this is a very visually appealing book. Every recipe is photographed, and many so enticingly that they cry out to be made. The recipes themselves are clearly written, are straightforward to follow, and are all set out on a single page so that you're never forced to flip back and forth while cooking.
However, having now made eight recipes from the book I've been left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Everything has been perfectly nice, but nothing has been exceptional. Moreover, there's hefty overlap between some of the recipes that results in a certain sameness (there are at least three vegetable dishes relying on the same rose harissa and honey combination, for example). And as other reviewers have mentioned there is no background or introductory text to any of the recipes, which as someone who reads cookbooks for pleasure left me feeling unsatisfied.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2019
I guess I should have realised from the title. This is more dinner party fare rather than every day cooking.
The recipes are perfectly serviceable and the photographs are gorgeous, but today's cookbooks must raise their game. There needs to be the backstory, how the recipe came about, the author putting their soul into the cooking. Strangely, there is none of that found in this book.
As a result there's been a distinct lack of Feast in this household. Not one to remain on my kitchen bookshelf I'm afraid.
I bought this book without looking, based on pre-release recommendations. A little disappointed and nothing jumped out at me, its well written and some great photography. The Harissa-infused Leg of Lamb which Sabrina cooked on Saturday kitchen will be my starting point, which I will serve with Charred Cauliflower. Its not a book for a cook in a hurry. Time will tell.
I enjoyed Persiana so was keen to get my hands on this. Firstly, the positives: the book is stunning to look at, beautifully photographed, and with many appealing and accessible recipes (some are a little TOO accessible - tomato and olive salad, anyone? Smoked salmon with capers? I think we can manage that without any help.)
But, but, but .... was it written by a robot? Or maybe a committee? I've rarely come across a cookbook where so little of the author's personality emerges. Each recipe is blandly presented, with no narrative, no back story, no hint of how easy or difficult it is to prepare, how long it will take, or anything else remotely personal. No insight into how the author came up with the recipe, no tips about where you might go wrong. Which is why, despite the beautiful layout, this book left me cold.
3.0 out of 5 starsSome nice ideas but didn't really come together
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
We're big fans of Sabrina Ghayour in this household, and have always been impressed by her dishes on cooking programmes and in her previous books ("Scirocco" and "Persiana"). However, while there were some nice ideas to try in this book, the overriding feeling was that there was something missing. The book didn't really come together to inspire like her previous ones did, making "Feasts" a little disappointing by comparison.
That said, there is still something to take away from the book, especially for anyone who is new to Sabrina's work or looking for some quick ideas.