First let me start off by saying, this is a truly beautiful book. The pictures are amazing, and the feel of it is so classy. It would make an excellent addition to any library or would look perfectly placed in any kitchen. That being said, I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I actually haven’t created one dish from the recipes found in this book, so I do not even know if they are worthwhile. I do know that the recipes in this book are very ingredient heavy and some of them are difficult to find. I live in a small country town, and even still I do not know where to even begin looking for some of these fruits and vegetables.
If you are a French-country chef, then this book will be right up your alley. The texture and recipes are beautiful. If you are an individual who works long hours and you are looking for something quick to impress family and friends, this may not be for you. Most of the time when I get home, it’s already after 7:00 PM and I don’t really have the time or the energy to slave over a truly impressive dessert or meal. I have about 30 minutes to make something edible happen.
The thing I really did love about this book is the author’s decision to divide sections using seasons as a guide. For example, grape, apple, pumpkin and squash recipes are all located in the fall section while fig, apricot and melon recipes are all located in the summer section. This makes it very easy to find recipes using fruits and vegetables that are in season. I also loved the author’s choice to include unique ingredients such as rhubarb, dates and fresh herbs. While this book doesn’t benefit my kitchen, I truly feel like for a much more talented chef, this book would add luxury and class to a kitchen.
***Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.