Maureen: I feel a bit meh about it. I was hoping it would be better than it was. It wasn’t terrible, but I can’t see myself using this book very much again.
Kirstin: I didn’t feel the food was very good. it was missing something.
Maureen: I agree. More than once, we tasted something and said this needs something else, but we couldn’t figure out what it could be.
Kirstin: It didn’t make me happy.
Maureen: I think the problem with Jamie is that he feels compelled to release one book a year. Maybe if he took his time, like Nigella for example, and left a few years between books they would be better. I feel like it’s been years since I used a book of Jamie’s and I put it on to my high rotation shelf. That’s disappointing.
Kirstin: One thing that cheesed me off about the book is that most of the recipes were for two people. Who cooks for two?
Maureen: I noticed that too! It was so annoying. Jamie has a family, he knows that many people have a crowd to feed. He could at least scale up each recipe to four, rather than having us do the math.
Kirstin: The other thing that annoyed me was all the brown rice and pasta he used. I couldn’t find brown couscous anyway. Brown couscous! Where can you find that? How ridiculous.
Maureen: I do admire his desire to get us to eat better, but this book did not inspire me.
Kirstin: It’s too worthy. If it had been anything like Anna Jones’s books, it would have been fine. Or Gwyneth Paltrow’s book, which was healthy and tasty and I still use all the time.
Maureen: All in all, a disappointment.
Kirstin: Yes. There’s something missing in this cookbook. The missing ingredient is joy.
“Everyday Super Food”
Overall Grade (A- F): C (Kirstin) C (Maureen)
Best recipes: Kirstin: None. Maureen: None spring to mind, unfortunately.
Grade for Photography (A-F): Taken by Jamie! The photography was good. A.
Any disasters? Kirstin: Happiness Pasta. The Tree Trunk Pasta. Maureen: No disasters exactly, but nothing I’m excited about trying again, either.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: It’s in a holding pattern at the moment. I might give it another go. Maureen: I’m pretty sure I’m going to donate this to the library. I suspect someone else would get more use of it than I would. On the other hand, maybe I should give it another chance. We’ll see.