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SCRUMPTIOUS (article first published : 2002-12-28)

Lynn Bedford Hall is an experienced food writer and traveller and her recipes have been used in South African kitchens for many years. Scrumptious is a fine collection of over 100 creative dishes interspersed with amusing anecdotes and witty comments.

The contents of Scrumptious include spreads, dips and snacks, soups, salads, fish, chicken, meat, pasta, vegetarian dishes and grains and desserts. The index at the back names each dish under its specific heading. Individual features of this book are the comments made at the beginning of each dish where the main ingredients are often mentioned in anecdotal form.

The compact size of the book makes for easy handling and the recipes are well laid-out with the whole recipe on the page so you do not have to turn over the page with sticky fingers. The clear photographs complement the finished dish but I feel the styling and presentations to be somewhat old-fashioned. The glossy paper used is easy to wipe clean in the event of the odd splatter.

I have cooked a number of the dishes and especially enjoyed Chicken Baked in Orange and Rosemary Cream Sauce. The Fish and Asparagus au Gratin was also very tasty. By and large, the recipes require easily obtainable ingredients and are practical and uncomplicated to produce.

This is a cookbook to be used on an everyday basis for good wholesome tastes. It can be picked up and read at random and Lynnís description of her experience at a cocktail party is hilarious.

Scrumptious Cooking with Lynn Bedford Hall is a soft cover book, published by Struik and retails at R95.95. Ė Cherry MacIldowie




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