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This is a hefty book. Which is great, you want value for money and I truly believe you get that with this recipe book. There isnt a great deal of advice around the recipes, so I would say it's not suitable for beginners. My thoughts on this are that the flavour combinations whilst being magical and totally up my street, there is a lot in there that wont be to a lot of peoples' tastes. If you're cooking for people with not so adventurous taste buds, you might not get much from this recipe book, saying that, it could be a great way to introduce new flavours to people!
My big gripe with this is the sheer amount of kit needed to create the recipes. I bake A LOT and I would say I have a more than basic range of baking equipment, yet I'd still need to spend close to £100 on the gear to be able to get the best use out of this book.
I still have positive feelings about this, I cant stop reading it and looking at the photos. It would have been great to have a photo of every recipe especially because this is finer baking, but there are still a lot of photos!
Lovely looking book. I bake a lot and am unsure why, disappointingly, the Lemon and poppy seed cake sunk in the middle. I baked Take-home chocolate cake which is very moist and and tastes good. It would have been helpful to know the tin size and cooking time for the smaller version.
I wanted to love it -- I really, really did. After burning several of the recipes to a crisp despite the insides being raw, I learned that the publisher mis-converted basically every single oven temp in the book. I'd wait for the revised edition. It's still a gorgeous book with great pictures and tasty-sounding recipes, so if you just buy these things as coffee table books, I'd say go for it.
I have all of Ottolenghi's cookbooks and was very excited about Sweet, however the first recipe I tried, Orange and Star Anise shortbread, did NOT work. I am a seasoned baker and measured ingredients by weight. The dough did not come together. I added a second egg, thinking it could be Denver's dry climate but it still would not come together, nor roll out into cookies.
I was expecting more of this book. I have Ottolenghi's two other books which I love and use many recipes quite often. Because I love baking I bought this book in December before holidays and was hoping to bake cakes, cookies. But haven't done it yet (and it's February).