This seems to be a bit of a foodie week on the blog, with my second recipe book review in a row. It wasn’t intended but a result of my desperately looking for new things to eat as my diet can be a little bit boring at times.
Unfortunately for me, there weren’t a lot of recipes outside of the soups, salads and breakfast I can eat as a veggie who occasionally eats fish when she’s run down. There are some, like the Red Curried Butter, Mushrooms and Spinach on the cover, but not as many as I might have liked.
Having said that, I did read the blurb before I requested the book so it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise. And, as I do cook meat dishes for my husband, there was plenty here to keep him happy. I want to describe a lot of the recipes as hearty. The look good – the photos are gorgeous – and they look like food that would keep you warm and cosy on a winter day. My husband got particularly excited by the Chillied Beef and Cashew Stew, which does look lovely I have to admit and, as the weather gets colder, I have a feeling we’ll be digging into this book more and more.
The one downside I had was that there wasn’t anything from the author to let me know his philosophy of cooking. And here it’s probably just the cookbook collecting nerd in me but I do like to read the bits of the book at the beginning that let me know how a chef came up with the recipes and what they were trying to achieve. For others, who just want to get straight down to the cooking, it probably won’t be a big deal and there’ll be plenty to keep them in the kitchen.
About the book…
Using easily sourced ingredients and simple methods, the Godfather of fusion cooking Peter Gordon has created over 170 dishes that demonstrate his passion for innovative flavours and textures in an everyday setting. From Chorizo on Tomato-rubbed Toast with Soft-boiled Egg to start the day, via soups and pasta dishes such as the tempting and comforting Creamy Leek, Red Lentil and Potato Soup or Cannelloni with Mushrooms and Pork, to delicious dinners including the mouthwatering Braised Pork Belly with Shallots, Orange and Cardamom and Cod Poached in Creamy Leeks, Ginger and Saffron, all finished off with treats that include Spiced Pumpkin, Fig, Pinenut and Gingernut Tart. The sections, including breakfast and brunch, light meals and salads, pasta, rice and noodles, treat trolley and desserts, are complemented by sumptuous photography from Manja Wachsmuth, making this book the stylish answer to eating well, every day.
Publisher: Jacqui Small
Publication date: 15th May, 2018
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Non-fiction, cookery
Rating: 4 out of 5
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.