Kirstin: This is one of my Nigel favourite books for awhile.
Maureen: I agree
Kirstin: I can’t see what’s different about this one that makes me like it.
Maureen: We both have the first Kitchen Diaries, but that’s from several years ago, even before we started this blog. That was OK, but not as good as “Real Cooking,” which I still have on my high rotation cookbook shelf.
Kirstin: We reviewed “Eat,” which I really wanted to like, and that was rubbish.
Maureen: “Eat” was so disappointing because it seemed to promise so much and didn’t deliver it at all.
Kirstin: But this cookbook was a return to form. I don’t know if I liked this so much because we’ve done so many healthy eating books.
Maureen: This was good because it was different enough to be interesting, but not so different as to be weird.
Kirstin: The one thing that bugged me was how the seasonal eats section was hidden. I found them by chance, and they were really good.
Maureen: I made a few things from there and they were all good. The thing that bugged me was how the cookbook was organised. It felt more like a book that needed to be read from start to finish, rather than a cookbook that you would dip in and out of. It needs a better index. It would have been nice to have a list of types of food grouped together so you could easily find a vegetarian dish or a fish dish, rather than having to wade through the whole book.
Kirstin: This is a good book to give people. It’s much more like his older things.
Maureen: Maybe that’s why we liked it so much because it was a return to form.
“A Year of Good Eating: Kitchen Diaries III”
Overall Grade (A- F): B (Kirstin) B+ (Maureen)
Best recipes: Kirstin: Pork Chop with Mushrooms Maureen: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Grade for Photography (A-F): A
Any disasters? No
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf Maureen: Bookshelf