Maureen: This is less of a cookbook and more a memoir about food.
Kirstin: It’s a lovely book to own about food, but it’s not a cookbook.
Maureen: I liked the way she organised things by menu, which is great if you’re planning a big multi-course meal for friends and family, but it’s less good when you’re looking to make something on a Wednesday night.
Kirstin: Preferably with fennel. She really loves fennel.
Maureen: She’s a beautiful writer, to be sure.
Kirstin: And the pictures were beaiutiful
Maureen: I liked the peach-like cover– that was pretty clever and it felt nice, too.
Kirstin: I loved the cover, too. The writing was good, but again it’s not a book you can cook from.
Maureen: We knew that going in, though. We didn’t think it would be a very useful book, but we thought it would be a nice one to have.
Maureen: She’s still one of my favourite food writers, I just don’t think this is a very useful book.
“How to Eat a Peach”
Overall Grade (A- F): C (Maureen) C (Kirstin)
Best recipes: Maureen: I’m not really sure it’s that kind of book, but I can’t think of one I would make again. Kirstin: The pork I made was really good.
Grade for Photography (A-F): A. I love Laura Edwards.
Any disasters? Kirstin: No. Maureen: No disasters, but the broad bean crostini was huge faff.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf, for the photography. Maureen: Charity Shop Donation because I don’t see ever using it again. Would You Give This Book to a Friend?: Unfortunately, no.