So it’s been AGES since I’ve last cooked something for this blog, mostly because I’ve been incredibly wrapped up in studies and attempting to have a life while studying (which I think was a silly idea). I’m in my mid year break now, so I plan to cook and enjoy the food. This book, The Spice Routes: More stories and recipes from the World Food Cafe by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott (that’s a lot of Cs) tells the stories of spice trade around the world and then offers some signature dishes (apparently) to showcase those spice.
It’s ok. The information about the spice routes and who traded what with whom and when is quite interesting. The recipes leave a bit to be desired. The instructions aren’t as good as they could be (insufficient temperature guides, insufficient detail about ingredients) and well two of the recipes didn’t really work that well. I’d completely rework two of the recipes if I was ever going to cook them again (unlikely) and they’d be slightly different dishes.
I’m giving this book 2.5 stars out of 5.