Maureen: What did you think?
Kirstin: I loved it.
Maureen: I loved it too, but it’s a book that works well in tandem with something else. But there were some brilliant recipes in it. What were some of favourites?
Kirstin: The peppers! They looked pretty too!
Maureen: I thought the indexes were genius. It was so clever to organise it with suggestions as to what the main dish should be. It really made the book work.
Kirstin: The indexes were worth the weight of the book in gold.
Maureen: That’s what I meant about it working with another book, because you’d think of what main you wanted to make, and then you’d turn to the index and see what he’d suggest to go with it. The recipes themselves were different enough, too, that it made the book worthwhile.
Kirstin: I liked it. I think I’ll use it more in the winter, when we make roasts and big meals with lots of sides in the winter. It’s a good entertaining book, too, which we do more of in the winter.
Maureen: It’s more a weekend book, that’s for sure, when you have the luxury of time to plan out an entire elaborate meal with a few sides.
Kirstin In 20 years I can see this being a dog-eared copy and I know it’s going to be on the shelf.
Maureen: Definitely the high rotation shelf for me. I like that it’s a slightly different book. It makes sense to do a whole book just on sides. They do tend to be forgotten.
“On the Side”
Overall Grade (A- F): A (Kirstin) A (Maureen)
Best recipes: Kirstin: Roast Romano Peppers Maureen: Boulangere Potatoes
Grade for Photography (A-F): A
Any disasters? Kirstin: No, apart from naming Hasselback Potatoes Hasselblad Potatoes. Maureen: No.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf, high rotation. Maureen: Same Would You Give This Book to a Friend?: Yes. It would be a good Christmas gift, because it’s original.