Kirstin: I am so sorry we chose to do this book in February, the shortest month of the year.
Maureen: Tell me about it. I’ve got at least eight other things that I made out of this book– all delicious– that I never wrote up.
Kirstin: I’m sorry we’re doing it in winter too, because there’s loads of recipes I want to do in the summer. Salads and fruits and all sorts.
Maureen: I think we may have already found our book of 2017.
Kirstin: You think? I’m so gutted we’re not doing this any more. I have loved this book.
Maureen: I was making stuff last week that I knew I wouldn’t even post about. It was that good.
Kirstin: I am so bringing this out again.
Maureen: Over the years of doing this blog, ,we know that cookbooks are like fashion, in that they can be trendy, or specialised or whatever, and also how everyone has their own cooking style. We also know that my style is different to your style, but this book hit the sweet spot for both of us. It was delicious, it was relatively easy and it was healthy.
Kirstin: Yes. I liked the light flavours and her simple style.
Maureen: The other thing I loved about this cookbook is that she writes beautifully in each introduction about her inspiration and why she likes eating the particular dish. She reminds me of Nigella Lawson in that way, because she also writes beautifully.
Kirstin: I subscribe to Elle magazine and her column is always the first thing that I read.
Maureen: I loved it when she wrote for the Saturday Guardian, and now I miss them. But I guess it would be hard to produce that many recipes week on week. We’ll just have to look for her recipes elsewhere.
Kirstin: She’s also just such a role model. I love her.
Maureen: The flavour combinations always looked a bit crazy, but they worked. Look at the chocolate pretzel peanut butter pie. You’d never think those three flavours would work together, and yet, they did. The title of the book holds up.
Kirstin: Thank you Ruby for making February so yummy. It’s the worst month of the year and it’s given me joy.
Maureen: Maybe it’s a good thing we did it in February then, even if it is the shortest month. It made everyone happy.
Overall Grade (A- F): A* (Maureen) A* (Kirstin)
Best recipes: Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Pie (Maureen) Grilled cheese sandwich (Kirstin)
Grade for Photography (A-F): Kirstin: I love Charlotte Bland’s photography, so a big A from me.
Any disasters? (Kirstin and Maureen) No.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? This is going straight into the High Rotation Bookshelf for both of us.
Would you give this to a friend? (Maureen) Happily. (Kirstin) Oh, yes. It’s got something for everyone in this.