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Evie’s Kitchen “A Collection of My Family Recipes” by Evelyn Rothwell is described as a family cookbook with accompanying pictures. The book includes pictures of an assortment of Argentinian and European dishes. Breakfast dishes, main courses and desserts all appear in this collection. Further, the author includes some photos of décor ideas for various occasions. Additionally, some wine and food proverbs are sprinkled throughout the book.
Unfortunately, I think the kindle version of this book may be incomplete. There are no actual recipes included in this book. Instead, the book is made up of pictures of various dishes and table decor. Each picture is labeled, so at least the reader knows what they are looking at; however, the absolute lack of actual instructional recipes or ingredient listings make this book feel pointless to read. Although the pictures do make the food look scrumptious, I fail to see the value in them without any accompanying directions to help one create the dishes on their own.
One aspect I found helpful was a diagram showing how to properly set a table. I have always wondered about table etiquette, but I’ve never had the motivation to actually look up the proper method. Unfortunately, even this diagram was incomplete. Each utensil is designated a letter, but there is no corresponding key to describe the name of each piece or what the letter refers to.
There are additional pictures of table décor for various occasions, like Christmas, everyday occasions, and romantic occasions and more formal occasions; however, again, the lack of description for any of these photos, other than a simple label, left much to the imagination. It would have been appreciated if additional details were given about the décor; for example, the colors that go best with each occasion, or the names of various pieces utilized in the photos. Further, the description of the book states there is a section on wine pairing, yet I only found one picture of a white-wine-filled glass with the name of some dishes underneath – this hardly counts as a guide for wine pairing, in my opinion.
Evie’s Kitchen “A Collection of My Family Recipes” really missed the mark and failed to live up to its title. The absence of any actual recipes makes this cookbook rather pointless. If anyone is interested in just looking at pictures of various dishes, they may enjoy this book; however, readers looking for an actual cookbook with ingredient lists and instructional recipes will be highly disappointed. Based on the fact that this book doesn’t contain any recipes or helpful written material, despite being marketed as a recipe book, I give it 1 out of 4 stars.
Evie's Kitchen "A Collection of My Family Recipes"
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