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Umm. Was excited to order it after seeing the older book of salad recipes but not what I expected. Half of it has just photos of random people, not sure this concept is for me. Just want a practical cookbook of delicious veg recipes for non vegetarians.
I so wanted to love this book. It's absolutely gorgeous, with lush heavy paper and photographs glowing with happy people, earthy crockery, and wholesome looking food, that just make you want to sit down and dig in. I liked that she invited a series of guests to contribute a recipe from their own culture and family. I was intrigued because this cook has a different approach than I'm used to, with an emphasis on bright, raw flavors like lots of garlic and lemon, and I hoped I'd learn a new direction for my home cooking. But ultimately it didn't work for me; of the ten or so recipes I tried, one after another fell flat. I found them bland, uninteresting, and unsatisfying, like they had a hole in the middle. Part of that's surely down to my having to leave out salt for medical reasons - of course everything would have been much better with it. But I only got one "keeper" out of all that I tried, and even that I had to modify by adding some fake chicken for protein. Will give my copy away.
The recipes in this cookbook are ok.. But they are not well written. Timings are off on so many of them. And many of the "add-ons" like the mac and cheese on the broccoli soup are so labor intensive. They are evidently aimed at the younger ones in the family but add nothing to the soup. Intentions are fine, but too much work. I don't know how you make one or more of these recipes with little ones running around or company in the house.