Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater
I really wanted to like Eat. I love cookbooks, I love British stuff. I generally love most British cookbooks. Then throw in the fact that this is supposed to be fast food that is tasty and I was sure I would love it.
Except I didn't. Partly, I think this book is geared more towards the British palate than the American. There are a number of recipes featuring Kippers, smoked Haddock and Mackerel. My main problem, however, was the format. This is a personal issue and something I don't think makes the book "bad" as just not for me. Instead of a list of ingredients with measurements followed by the instructions we get the title of the recipe followed by a paragraph that combines both the instructions and ingredients. In many recipes there aren't actual measurements. My hardwired left brain needs to know that it's a tablespoon of paprika and not just "a good bit".
The variety of dishes is incredible. Slater isn't kidding when he says 600 ideas. I like that he includes variations with many of the recipes. However, if you prefer your recipes in a more standard format you may want to give this one a miss.
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