Official Review: Evie's Kitchen; A Collection of...

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
Post Reply
User avatar
MarisaRose
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1305
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 68
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 400
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 665">Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</a>
Currently Reading: The Sleepwalker
Bookshelf Size: 327
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-marisarose.html
Latest Review: The Fabulous Feats of Mr. B by bruce p weinberg
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Official Review: Evie's Kitchen; A Collection of...

Post by MarisaRose » 14 Nov 2017, 13:22

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Evie's Kitchen "A Collection of My Family Recipes"" by Evelyn Rothwell.]
Book Cover
1 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


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"
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like MarisaRose's review? Post a comment saying so!
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson

User avatar
Gunnar Ohberg
Posts: 153
Joined: 13 Nov 2017, 18:08
Currently Reading: The Nix
Bookshelf Size: 48
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gunnar-ohberg.html
Latest Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post by Gunnar Ohberg » 15 Nov 2017, 12:38

A collection of family recipes without any actual recipes? Hard pass. Sorry you had to slog through that.

User avatar
Amystl26
Posts: 193
Joined: 17 Oct 2017, 08:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 15
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 17
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 61
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amystl26.html
Latest Review: Pastoring is not what you think by Elijah Oladimeji

Post by Amystl26 » 15 Nov 2017, 20:10

Sounds knowledgeable as far as ettiquite goes, but no recipes?! That would have been a great addition to the book!

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6372
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 92
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 234
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: The Third Thaw by Karl J. Hanson

Post by kandscreeley » 15 Nov 2017, 20:17

Well, the pictures sound nice. I would love to see the table setting diagram. However, it's really disappointing that there are no actual recipes. For a cookbook, that's a pretty big downside. Thanks.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Mallory Whitaker
Posts: 465
Joined: 14 Jul 2015, 15:16
2017 Reading Goal: 35
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 74
Currently Reading: Outdoor Adventures
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mallory-whitaker.html
Latest Review: "OMG! We"re Pregnant" by Dr. Paul Peebles

Post by Mallory Whitaker » 15 Nov 2017, 23:31

Man, looking at the pictures of basic food people post on Instagram makes me hungry; I can't imagine looking at a book with pictures of all kinds of delicious foods with no recipes to get them on your own table (but at least it will be properly set no matter what thanks to that diagram). That's so odd that there weren't any recipes, hopefully they'll fix that soon. Great review!
Latest Review: "OMG! We"re Pregnant" by Dr. Paul Peebles

User avatar
Mercy Bolo
Posts: 1159
Joined: 31 May 2017, 03:44
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 116
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 10262">The Wisdom and Peace of the Teachings of the Tao Te Ching</a>
Currently Reading: Burn Zones
Bookshelf Size: 187
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mercy-bolo.html
Latest Review: Fossil Detectives and the Mysterious Skull by Caren Bonds Hanson

Post by Mercy Bolo » 16 Nov 2017, 05:45

A recipe book with no actual recipes? That's a bummer. Looks like it needs more work. Thank you for the informative review.
"The minimum requirement for a dream is a safe place to lay your head."
~OluTimehin Adegbeye

User avatar
Quinto
Posts: 880
Joined: 01 Aug 2017, 01:14
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 426
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-quinto.html
Latest Review: The Indestructible Man by Don Keith with David Rocco

Post by Quinto » 16 Nov 2017, 11:17

What was the whole point to the book?

User avatar
kingslexasoh1000
Posts: 89
Joined: 06 Nov 2017, 11:48
2018 Reading Goal: 1000
2017 Reading Goal: 150
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 2
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 68
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 119

Post by kingslexasoh1000 » 19 Nov 2017, 17:28

A recipe book with no actual recipes....what!!
:tiphat:

User avatar
Mtsweni Nelsy
Posts: 145
Joined: 27 Apr 2017, 17:32
2017 Reading Goal: 24
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 8
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mtsweni-nelsy.html
Latest Review: "Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks" by Morton E Tavel, MD

Post by Mtsweni Nelsy » 21 Nov 2017, 09:26

I am sure if it was completed with necessary recipes and diagrams, it would have been an amazing book. Nonetheless, thanks for the review. :tiphat:
Latest Review: "Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks" by Morton E Tavel, MD

sunshinedee
Posts: 31
Joined: 23 Nov 2017, 09:45
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 110
Currently Reading: The Emerald City of Oz
Bookshelf Size: 29

Post by sunshinedee » 01 Dec 2017, 20:13

Based on the title of the book Evie's Kitchen "A Collection Of My Family Recipes" by Evelyn Rothwell makes me feel hungry.I like cookbooks especially with many pictures of delicious foods, but with no recipe written on it?not enough but it's nice to see some beautiful photos of foods with decorations.

User avatar
Paul78
Posts: 579
Joined: 27 Sep 2017, 02:03
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2017 Reading Goal: 8
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 54
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 37
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 38572">Who Told You That You Were Naked?</a>
Currently Reading: The Not So Great American Novel
Bookshelf Size: 55
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-paul78.html
Latest Review: That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka

Post by Paul78 » 07 Dec 2017, 00:15

Everyone knows that a cook book like the one under review should have recipes.
Probably they wanted to bring out another version in a different way and it ended up this way.
Too bad for the author.
Nonetheless, a wake up call.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

User avatar
inaramid
Posts: 664
Joined: 04 Nov 2017, 11:22
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 75
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 30
Currently Reading: Siege and Storm
Bookshelf Size: 89
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-inaramid.html
Latest Review: You Can Totally Do This by Joy Tonbara Ikumoinein

Post by inaramid » 07 Dec 2017, 03:18

Yeah, I agree. The pictures should supplement the text. I wonder what happened during the production of this book and whether it was intended to be this way.

BookHausJ
Posts: 266
Joined: 01 Nov 2017, 09:14
2017 Reading Goal: 2
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 10
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Currently Reading: Health Tips Myth and Tricks
Bookshelf Size: 676
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookhausj.html
Latest Review: "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by William Combs

Post by BookHausJ » 13 Jan 2018, 00:49

If there is what we called secret ingredients, then this one is a secret recipes. Though virtual. Maybe the author wants to make a reader do their job. Find the recipes. I don't know what the message all about. Maybe I need to read this book. I'm just curious. Thanks for the review!
Latest Review: "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by William Combs

User avatar
CommMayo
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1218
Joined: 22 Oct 2017, 14:19
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 6
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 110
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 183
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 48
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-commmayo.html
Latest Review: Sex, Murder, Betrayal by Frederick Bruce
Reading Device: B00G2Y4WNY

Post by CommMayo » 13 Jan 2018, 12:59

You are correct in assuming that something was wrong with your download. I am getting ready to write a review for this book and it is actually packed with some interesting and great recipies. You should probably contact the admin about this.

User avatar
CommMayo
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1218
Joined: 22 Oct 2017, 14:19
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 6
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 110
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 183
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 48
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-commmayo.html
Latest Review: Sex, Murder, Betrayal by Frederick Bruce
Reading Device: B00G2Y4WNY

Post by CommMayo » 17 Jan 2018, 09:13

I just had my official review posted for this cookbook. It is actually pretty good when the recipes are included! Let me know what you think of the review.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”