Kirstin: You cooked loads from this book, didn’t you Maureen. Did you like it?
Maureen: It’s a beautiful book. And I could see why it won the Waterstone’s book of the year.
Kirstin: Nooooo. Seriously?
Maureen: Yes! It’s true. But it’s very ambitious cooking, so it’s not something you can use on a week night.
Kirstin: I hardly cooked from this book, but I kept finding myself looking at the pictures. Even though some of them weren’t straight which was a little distracting.
Maureen: You would have thought they would have a photo editor who would have picked that up.
Kirstin: Well, exactly!
Maureen: Everything we cooked was fantastic even though it took a lot of effort! The tomato sauce took three hours to cook but it was sublime.
“Polpo” by Russell Norman: Our Conclusion
Overall Grade (A- F): A I’m looking forward to cooking from this when I’m grown up (Kirstin): A (Maureen)
Best recipes: Well I only cooked two, but they were both huge hits (Kirstin) John Dory was amazing and the meatballs with tomato sauce (Maureen)
Grade for Photography (A-F): A from both of us. I wasn’t sure if they were shot in film. Utterly gorgeous.
Any disasters? Kirstin: No. Maureen: No.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf. I will definitely keep this on my shelf for photographic inspiration. Maureen: Bookshelf, but not high rotation. There are fantastic recipes but they take some time, which is a good thing, but hard to do when you only have 30 minutes to make dinner on a Thursday night.