Summer is well and truly underway here in London. We’ve had a month full of sunny skies, warm temperatures and delightful days. This makes for a nice change from our spring, which was grey, cold, rainy and never ending, not to mention our usual summers of the past few years, which were also not very summer like.
This seems to be the perfect book for our July then. Unfortunately, given all of the above, we didn’t blog about what we made as much as we usually do because we were too busy enjoying our meals in the sunshine.
In addition to the recipes I posted, I did two others: sea bass fillets with crouton crust and a fennel salad and Italian rib eyes with garlic and herbs. Of the sea bass recipe, the fennel salad was good, if a bit bland, and the fish was a variation on the Gwyneth Paltrow one I made last month, which we all preferred. Of the steak recipe, marinading a steak is an interesting approach, but completely unnecessary when you have a delicious steak from Dring’s.
Overall, I thought the book was just OK. Restricting the book to just the summer season– with barbeques and cool drinks– means I probably wouldn’t use it throughout the year. In fact, being honest, I probably wouldn’t use it much for a typical British summer. Luckily, our summer has been anything but typical this year.
The photos and the illustrations, which were drawn by the author, were both beautiful. I would recommend this book if you have a summer house somewhere. But for a mere mortal like myself I can’t see this cookbook being of any regular use.
“Home Made Summer”
Overall Grade (A- F): C. Beautiful photos and illustrations, but unfortunately, the recipes themselves didn’t keep pace.
Best recipes: The crab cakes. Yum.
Grade for Photography (A-F): A. Special mention for the beautiful illustrations, which also earn an A.
Any disasters? The tatin of eggplant wasn’t a disaster, per se, but it didn’t really work either.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? If I had a summer house, I would put it on its bookshelf, but as I don’t have a summer house, it’s off to the charity shop.