Just yesterday I posted a non-fiction book review and here I am posting my second.
You'd think a cookbook would be easy to review. You try several of the recipes following the directions and if they turn out, wha-la. But no. Things are not that easy peasy.
Every recipe looked and sounded delicious. Picking recipes to try was our first difficult task. The next difficult task was translating the book's recipes into Americanisms. Rather than grams, our food is packaged in pounds, even our canned food is different from what we discovered. However, since we needed to double most of the recipes it worked well in that regard.
Bettelheim states that the recipes can be used by beginners, but as we discovered, this is not necessarily a true statement. One of the recipes we tried does not tell you when cheese should be added to the dish. Now, it is entirely possible New Zealand and UK children are taught things in the kitchen we are not, but I can only go by what the recipe stated. Unfortunately, we found this to be true in several of the recipes as if there was a step, not necessarily missing but knowledge we lacked.
Of course we found desserts to be the most favorable, but the Irish stew has been requested a second time as have the sausage rolls.
There's nothing quite like Comfort Food to put a smile on your face and a feeling of contentment in your stomach. Chef Julia Bettelheim is passionate about feeding people; from the students in her university kitchen to guests and family at home. From recipes that are as simple as a sandwich to as technical as a fruit cake, she knows the importance of creating delicious meals that are full of flavour and which always have budget in mind. Her recipes include easy to make classics and mouth-watering family favourites, using easy to find products that are fresh and economical. Fun, fast, indulgent and nurturing, there's a time and a place for Comfort Food in every kitchen.
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Growing up in Wellington, New Zealand, British born Julia Bettelheim enjoyed an early start in the catering industry and as a teenager took lessons from a private chef. Her family then moved to Melbourne, Australia where she lived for the next twenty-two years and worked as a tupperware sales representative travelling the city providing cookery demonstrations and sharing recipes that were suitable for storing. After her divorce in 2008, Julia moved back to England where she now lives in Chatham, Kent and works as a chef in the kitchen of the cafe at UCL in London.