When cookbooks go wrong…
January 21, 2010
Okay, so I think we’re all agreed the French can cook. But after flicking through the publication pictured here, I have serious doubts about whether they can write cookbooks.
My mum spent the New Year in Brittany and bought this cookery book, called Les Recettes Bretonnes, for me while she was there. She posted it to me at work, and I have to admit that my colleague Zoe and I had a very good laugh at it when it arrived.
Zoe’s mother-in-law is French, so she’s familiar with a number of the recipes in this book – although, she assures me, the dishes she’s eaten have looked vastly different to these ones.
And, really, when a cake recipe is illustrated with a photo of something that looks like a flat, burnt pancake, while on another page, there’s a photo of a very grey dead-looking fish, with its nose tied to its tail – well, all I’m tempted to do is turn the page!