This is a fun and gorgeous cookbook. My very favorite thing about it is for many recipes they’re customizable and they list many choices of ingredientThis is a fun and gorgeous cookbook. My very favorite thing about it is for many recipes they’re customizable and they list many choices of ingredients in each category. So you can make one recipe many times and it can be different every time.
The cookbook authors have a video channel where you can watch them cook (two English guys) but I haven’t viewed any of their videos. They’re at: www.bosh.tv.
The guys seem personable, and confident and highly competent in the kitchen.
The photos of the finished recipes re mouthwatering and beautiful. They’re real artists.
There are two things that didn’t make this a favorite cookbook for me for very personal reasons and they’re common in many cookbooks I read. One is that all the basic recommended equipment listed that are good to have for preparing the recipes I don’t have and am unlikely to ever have. The other is that for most recipes I’d have to tweak them (which is actually okay because I never really use recipes as precisely as they are given) because I don’t like so many ingredients that others seem to like. Examples of ingredients that are included that I’d leave out or substitute are: vinegar, mustard, mayo, coconut, capers, jackfruit, sea vegetables, yogurt, and alcohol, though I sometimes am okay with wines as part of cooked dishes, and sundried tomatoes which I’ve only occasionally liked depending on how they’re used.
In addition to the several customizable recipes I also liked some of their (various international) menus, as they combine a few of their recipes to make a full meal/feast.
I had started to write down all the recipes I’d want to make/eat, both the ones I could make as is and the ones I would need to change a bit to my tastes, but I started listing so many I finally stopped. If I ever want to make anything from this book I’ll have to borrow it from the library again. But I will say their vegan chocolate cake might be the best I’ve seen, even better than the one I’ve made, adding more cocoa to the cake and the frosting, from Jennifer Raymond’s classic book, so I’d like to try it. Ditto the chocolate mousse using aquafaba. I buy a lot of canned beans and would really like to try using the aquafaba from them. Except for the cocktails section, there were multiple recipes in every section that I found highly appealing.
Contents: Welcome This book Your kitchen Fantastic feasts 01 QUICK EATS 02 BIG EATS 03 SHOWPIECES 04 GREENS & BOSH! BOWLS 05 SMALL PLATES & SHARERS 06 COCKTAILS 07 DESSERTS 09 BREAKFASTS Nutrition Thanks Index
According to the cover, Henry Firth should have his name listed first and Ian Theasby’s name should be listed second, but I don’t have the time or patience right now to change the data in every edition listed here, so I’ll leave it be.
ETA: (I could add a LOT) is that one thing I did notice though, but only in a very few recipes, was that in the photo there was sometimes an ingredient (green peppers, for instance) that didn't appear in the printed recipe....more
I really liked this book. (Thanks, Laura, for suggesting it.) Such great storytelling, such two endearing, wonderful main characters, and many other iI really liked this book. (Thanks, Laura, for suggesting it.) Such great storytelling, such two endearing, wonderful main characters, and many other interesting and well-drawn characters. I read it quickly because whenever I could I read; I didn’t want to put it down, including choosing it over all other free time recreational activities.
There were some unbelievable and unrealistic events, and a few large story/plot holes. And not just toward and at the end but from the start through the end, but I don’t feel like listing them all. The characters & story were so good that they didn’t matter to me as much as they probably should have.
This book was made for me. Issues of financial troubles, homelessness, lack of family/support, etc. etc. etc. and mostly I loved that one of the main characters is vegan, and while she is definitely a health food vegan she is also an ethical vegan, vegan for animal cruelty reasons, and she sticks to her ethics, despite often being in many difficult to eat situations. In most books with vegan characters the books are message books and they’re not usually very good books. This is definitely not a message book and, despite its flaws, I think it’s a very good book.
Pure pleasure reading but not at all dumb. It made me think, a lot. Is it chick lit? Maybe, but if so it’s sans romance, and I appreciated that.