From Publishers Weekly
Day-Lewis (sister of Daniel and author of Art of the Tart
and Tarts with Tops On
) strongly advocates taking your time to enjoy the hands-on pleasure of cooking. But slow-cooked meals ("good tempered food," as she calls it) don't have to be a challenge to prepare, either: food that you take your time to make, tweaking to perfection, "is what proper cooking is really
all about." Like Day-Lewis's previous books, this is a sensuous package, with mouth-watering four-color full-page photos, charming anecdotes and clear and personal recipes. Day-Lewis's opinionated voice and uncompromising standards are felt throughout, as in the recipe for Spiced Chicken Livers, which calls for organic chicken livers ("since chemical residues collect in the liver and kidneys") and sensuously describes the final result: "When gorgeously oozily pink, slide the contents of the pan onto a white plate and consume." American readers may be more familiar with the Italian-influenced dishes such as Chicken Cacciatore, or even Indian fare such as Achari Paneer (flavored cottage cheese), than with British offerings like Potted Shrimp. The global choice of recipes included is random and unfocused, and the index is somewhat incomplete. Nonetheless, Day-Lewis fans should not be deterred: this book will rouse them to return to the kitchen.
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Saturday's Daily Telegraph cookery columnist, Tamasin Day-Lewis, brings the art and enjoyment back to cooking in "Good Tempered Food", aptly subtitled "recipes to love, leave and linger over". No fast, quick recipes to be found here. More slow, sedate, innovative, imaginative cooking, enabling the cook to taste and savour every stage of a dish's creation. Some are started days in advance, allowing meat to soak up juices, others will take a morning to prepare. Tamasin's aim is to bring the satisfaction and feeling of creation back to the cook. Overburdened with current advertising campaigns and tv chefs advocating "convenience" foods, the next generation is in danger of losing the art of cooking. But with recipe books such as this, containing scrumptious dishes such as pancakes layered with pesto and mozzarella di Bufala, 17thcentury Mantuan chicken, chocolate mocha cake with Irish whiskey and spiced three-sugar crumble, there will hopefully be a reversal and people will once again discover the joys of cooking, and eating, proper food. - Lucy Watson
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