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Delicious, but not for a beginner.
on December 23, 2010
First off let me say that the recipes in this book are delicious. Everything I've made so far has been wonderful. I love the concept and some of the laid back, throw-together ideas, like the platter salads. However, I have to agree with one of the 3 star reviewers here... many of the recipes are unclear or incomplete. In fact, I was going to post the EXACT same observation about the tart. It says to make the veggies, make the eggs, and then put the eggs in the tart shell with no mention of where the veggies should come into play. I was able to guess but my point is, when working from a cookbook I shouldn't be left guessing. Unfortunately, omissions like this damage the credibility of the writer and frustrate the readers. It's not an isolated example either; so far I've only made about 4 recipes but 3 of them left things out. On a soup recipe it specifically says not to bother peeling the sunchokes, but doesn't say whether or not to peel the potatoes. Maybe it doesn't matter whether I peel them, but again... I'm left to guess. (I didn't peel them, and I think I should have.) On the tart shell it says to roll it out to a 10" disk, but doesn't indicate how thick to roll it, which I see more often and I think is a more standard way to explain rolling out a crust... also it didn't say whether you needed to flour the surface and the rolling pin. Again, I was able to muddle through because I cook a lot, but a beginner might have difficulty filling in the blanks. The writer obviously has good taste and plenty of skill in the kitchen, but could benefit from getting someone else to review her writing more thoroughly before it's published.