Kirstin: This is such an exceptional cookbook. I thought she wrote beautifully and explained things incredibly well, and the recipes were well thought out. I completely trusted her, by the end of the month, I was cooking recipes from it for four friends, having never done them before. I knew that they would be fantastic recipes. The salads I’ve already made again. The pork I’ve already made again. I know I’ll be making the salads over and over again.
Maureen: Don’t forget the chicken. That sounded fantastic. I think I’m going to make that this weekend.
Kirstin: OOOOOOH. The chicken. I can’t even speak, it’s so good. And the potatoes that go with the chicken. So, so, good.
Maureen: I never thought I”d see you replace the Zuni chicken, but there we are.
Kirstin: The fish chapter was really good, and that’s unusual because you don’t normally see long chapters on fish.
Maureen: It was very nice to see a large collection of fish. And the desserts were great– for the most part. The rhubarb galette I’d rather forget about. But everything else was sublime.
Maureen: You’ve already said this will be your book of the year.
Kirstin: Yes. Dinner from Melissa Clark was last year, this will be this year.
Maureen: Seems a bit early to be declaring a winner for 2018, but let’s see.
Overall Grade (A- F): A (Maureen) A (Kirstin)
Best recipes: Maureen: Hard to pick a favourite. Kirstin: The chicken. The chicken. The chicken. A close second will be the salmon.
Grade for Photography (A-F): A. They are my favourite photographers and they’re excellent.
Any disasters? Kirstin: The disaster is she doesn’t have another cookbook out already. Maureen: The rhubarb galette.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf, high rotation. Maureen: Bookshelf. Would You Give This Book to a Friend?: Maureen: Yes. Kirstin: I already have.