Try as hard as I might, I can’t find anything positive to say about this book. I was criticised from an author earlier on in my Mofo book reviews but I thought I was actually not too critical about that book. With this one, honestly I have nothing nice to say.
I should like it because it’s it’s a nice A4 slim book with lots of pictures. But there are aren’t any recipes in it at all which I’m inspired to cook. When I opened it I immediately recognised the layout, font etc of all the cheap recipe book series we find in the UK in cheap bookshops. You can spot them a mile off. I’ve thrown away at least 2 of the vegetarian books with this layout and publisher. The thing that REALLY annoys me about this book is the recipe for wholemeal sunflower bread. The picture is so obviously lifted from another book, that it shows the bread being served with a great big chunk of obviously dairy cheese, but because they’re too cheap to use a diffeent picture, the note says “serve this bread with a hunk of vegan cheese”! Ha!! I know vegan cheese is getting better but honestly would anyone ever cut off a chunk and serve it with freshly baked bread? Well, maybe I’m out of touch but I certainly wouldn’t and I don’t think many vegans would. I think this book is just cheaply cashing in; its a mix of recipes from other books and it clearly hasn’t been edited properly.
One to avoid. Have I got this wrong? Am I missing some gems from this book? Please do let me know!
You have to be able to take a reasonable amount of criticism if you’re going to publish anything. I wouldn’t let someone’s oversensitivity get you down. Your cookbook reviews have been one of my favorite parts of MoFo so far.
Yes, I am really enjoying your reviews! No cookbook is perfect, and I appreciate your honest evaluations.