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I would have never bought this book in a bookshop. It has very few pictures to give you an idea of the final result. Although the text is amusing, there are better books on the subject. The TV show was definitely better than the book.
While the book is a great companion to Oliver's entertaining TV cooking show, the recipes themselves could use a little work. Either he hasn't described the process clearly enough, or the recipes aren't fully formed. A perfect example is the simple roasted chicken. First, you have to figure out exactly what he's asking you to do. Once you get the fresh herbs stuffed into the chicken and pop it into the oven, you're tantalized by the incredible smell. But when the chicken comes out, the flavor is disappointing and even unappealing. Some of the herbs he suggests using leave a nasty, bitter taste. Others simply leave no taste. The recipes in the book give the experienced cook some interesting starting points to jump from, but I think the mixed results might leave a more inexperienced cook discouraged.
I only liked one recipe in this book. Some of the recipes would take way too long for me to even bother with, and I would have to go to a specialty shop to get some of the items--I live in a working-class neighborhood.