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The best kind of Food Porn,
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This review is from: What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces (Hardcover)
I'd stumbled about for a review title and finally went with my first thought: Food Porn.
I have never seen a book quite like this one... I still have to stop myself from reaching out and trying to grab the food in the pictures. You should hear my stomach growling. *sigh*
Without a doubt this is the most attractive cookbook that I've seen in ages. It's a large book done in a very casual friendly style, all beiges and darker colors, with a very retro typewriter style font. I feel like I'm viewing a close friend(Hemmingway? ;-)'s food journal, complete with stained pages. It is rife with wonderful color pictures, most zoomed in so that the food is pictured life-sized. Hence the difficulty with my self-control; I've never wanted to eat a book before. A+++++ on the styling.
(The book is broken down into: Introduction; Tips & Tricks; Breakfasts; Lunches; Salads; Canapes & Drinks; Dinners; Sides & Sauces; Desserts; Thank you!; and an index.)
As for the recipes themselves: I've already marked out several. I'm a vegetarian, but I do cook meat for the carnivores in my family; there are recipes for all of us here. Colm's Soup (an amped-up tomato soup) had me drooling. The Couscous Salad with Slow-roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Eggs is, colorwise, Christmas on a plate. The Beef and Guinness Pie is on my list to make for my brother-in-law. The Roast Pork with Apple, Apricot and Pistachio Stuffing is a holiday dinner (for the carnivores :-) option, with the Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown-Butter Sauce and Roasted Pecans for the vegetarians. Or maybe Jill's Veggie Roll. Mmmmm.
Ah, spoiled for choices.
All I can add is that I can't stress enough that you *shouldn't* touch this book if you're hungry. Trust me, the pictures look so real that you'll drive yourself crazy. Oooh! Kate's Irish Mash. Sorry. It's a beautiful book with recipes that I can actually see myself using; perfection.