Fairytale Food by Lucie Cash

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Fairytale Food by Lucie Cash

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Category: Cookery
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A fairy-tale themed cookery book with gentle humour and some lavish illustrations. It's not one of the cookery books which you couldn't do without but it would make a delightful gift.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 160 Date: March 2012
Publisher: Preface
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1848093577

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Are you looking for a gift for someone who enjoys cooking and who has an interest in fairy tales? If so, this book could well be your perfect answer. It has over sixty recipes - none of them at all complex - and they're all associated with favourite fairy tales. Instead of the usual carefully-primped pictures of the finished dishes there are lavish illustrations by Yelena Bryksenkova of scenes from the tales and I didn't find a double page spread which didn't have some entertaining embellishment. It's also a bonus that there's a gentle humour in the illustrations, as in this note from Goldilocks:

Enjoyed a very pleasant breakfast with the Three Bears; Mummy Bear is just delightful, I'm sure we'll remain good friends.

Part of the reason for the quote is that I want to stress that this is a cookery book for adults (I really don't see children preparing Evil Stepmother Stew with its diced venison) but with some added fun and enjoyment. The recipes are all tasty and with a loose connection to a particular story. Staying with Goldilocks we're offered Daddy Bear's Big Breakfast Banana Bread, which is an excellent way of using up very ripe bananas and the addition of runny honey produces a lovely flavour. Mummy Bear's Blue and Black Beary Crumble (go on - you're allowed to laugh!) has some apple as well as the berries and I think it's great served with ice cream, although the recommendation is actually custard or a dollop of cream. Baby Bear brings some Just Right Flapjack to the picnic. It has some sultanas and chocolate chips as well as the usual oats and syrup and it's decidedly moreish.

You get the picture? Add in Mad Hatter's Teacakes, Princess and the Pea Soup, Captain Hook's Fish Pie and Queen of Hearts Pudding along with some amusing commentaries (Jack's purchase of the beans was just a touch of retail madness - and I'm sure that we can all empathise with that) and you should have a taste for the book. It's never going to make that shelf with the ten cookery books you just couldn't do without, but it could bring a smile (and something tasty to eat) to you lips - or those of someone who would love this as a present.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

Another cookery book with an unusual inspiration which we can recommend is Saved by Cake: Over 80 Ways to Bake Yourself Happy by Marian Keyes.

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