If there’s one thing I like about winter, and believe me the things I like about winter comprise a very short list, it’s reading a nice cozy book. Now that Baby Z has joined the family, I don’t get to read quite as much as I used to, so I do treasure the opportunity to read. But, I get really disappointed when I read a bad book. I had high hopes for The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside by Marte Marie Forsbeg (published by Clarkson Potter), I mean cozy is in the title after all. But, the book that I hoped would stoke the embers of winter cooking fell completely flat.
Instead of an exhaustive review of why I hated the book, let me just give you a few quick bullet points. (Who wants to be negative on Valentine’s Day?!)
I found the photography in The Cottage Kitchen to be flat and boring. I love cookbook photography and I hated how depressing it all seemed. Even the spring photographs looked dank and cheerless.
I didn’t enjoy the author’s writing style. Her stories left me cold and cheerless.
I couldn’t find one recipe in the entire book that I would actually want to cook. I have a lot of food allergies and while it seemed that she used a disproportionate to my expectation amount of food I’m allergic to, that wasn’t the only problem. The recipes felt fussy, designed more to impress than to please a palate and not things that I would want to serve or eat.
This book gets a big pass from me. I honestly don’t have anything nice to say about The Cottage Kitchen.
Oh well, let’s bounce back from that kiddos! I’ve got a lot of other fun book posts coming up, plus some stuff about the Olympics!
Let’s all go focus on eating heart shaped chocolates and figure skating!
(I received a copy of The Cottage Kitchen from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own.)