Friday, 25 March 2016

Shop. Cook. Eat.

This type of review is definitely out of the ordinary for me, I've considered doing recipe book reviews before but I've just never got round to it. I've been using a recipe book recently called Shop. Cook. Eat.* by Katherine Frelon, which is essentially, exactly what it says on the tin.

My first impressions of the book were great, I loved the simplicity of the front cover and if I was looking at it in a shop or online, it would definitely catch my eye and I would pick it up to take a look. Secondly, there are plenty of pictures inside. I'm definitely one of those people who has to have lots of pictures of the food I'm making if I'm following a recipe so that I can see what it is supposed to look like, whether it turns out like that is another matter...

The first few pages is really getting to know the Author and her background and it was really interesting to find out where all her inspiration for the book and recipes came from. I found the first few chapters irrelevant to myself, for some people who are more interested in topics such as the Vineyards of Burgundy and preparing bones it would be perfect, but for me it wasn't ideal. However, it did make a very interesting read.

Absolutely everything Katherine makes is from scratch, from tomato ketchup to spiced oils, which is really refreshing as there are certain things I completely agree should be made from scratch, my past University self would not agree with this, and I loved the chapter on Bread and Pastry, although I probably won't be making Puff Pastry myself as my young School self had to make it a billion and one times and man is it tedious, 100% shop bought for me. I've actually been day dreaming about making a crumble soon and she makes a lovely crumble mix with oats that I just need to try!

She then goes on to talk about broths, soups, pates and canap├ęs, all of which looked amazing and my rumbling stomach definitely agreed. Even though it's getting warmer slowly, there's still a bitter chill in the air which makes me want lots of home cooked comfort foods and some of Katherine's soup and homemade bread would go down a treat. 

When you get to the chapter on Mains, there's a double page picture of Beef, literally still bleeding, and for anyone that knows me well enough, this is my idea of heaven. The Mains and Salads in the book sound incredible, however not your typical every day dinner. More a once in a while dinner party treat

The book ended with Desserts and Baking, which I quickly skipped through to not get tempted and drawn in by the chocolate cakes and fruity desserts. Just OMG. I have no words.

My thoughts in a nutshell
  • The book, Shop. Cook. Eat., is amazing. It has covered absolutely every topic you would want in a recipe.
  • I want every single sweet treat in this book.
  • I also want to throw a Blogger Dinner Party with all the delicious food in this book.
  • It's so well written and has beautiful photography and it's one of the best recipe books I've had the joy of reading.
  • You can buy your own right here, you know you need it.

What do you think of this Recipe Book?

*PR Sample

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