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I realise that I am going against a whole generation and large following for Melissa Clark but...this cook book really didn't do it for me. It's not an Anglo-American thing, its not the personal stories that she tells but for me the book doesn't work on so many levels. It is not so much a cookbook rather more a personal journey through food with recipes - that is fine in itself and Melissa Clark is clearly an amazing cook but whereas Nigel Slater, Skye Gyllengal and many others write with you and for you - colluding in the impression that you can do this with them - somehow Clark gives a distant impression and the book doesnt' lend itself( despite the title) of wanting to cook what she describes
It will be great for her fans but for others its OK
my new year's resolution was to make at least 3 recipes from all of my cookbooks that i've never cooked from. today i chose the lentil soup with lemon, granola and the cornbread from this book. the granola was fine, the lentil soup was kind of good but the cornbread was horrible! i didnt think anything with that much butter could taste that bad. maybe i just happened to pick the 3 worst recipes in the book.
In the kitchen is a well-written cook book, with several interesting stories of the author's cooking "lessons". These lessons of course do not always come in the form of a class and teacher, rather they are told from the perspective of an eager eater and pie maker (20-ingredient pie spiced apple-pear-cranberry crumb pie. The stories are also described by a grown-up woman trying out someone else's recipe and putting her own touch to it (Sonia's Phyllo and Feta Cheese Torte with Dill and Nutmeg). There are, sadly, no glossy photos to show you how beautiful the food looks after the oven door has been opened. So, if you do not believe the printed word this may not be the book for you.