Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Unofficial Bridgerton Cookbook: 100 Dazzling Recipes Inspired by Bridgerton


The Unofficial Bridgerton Cookbook is an engagingly whimsical collection of period style recipes with tie-ins to the popular historical costume drama. Due out 23rd Nov 2021 from Simon & Schuster on their Adams Media imprint, it's 240 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

This is a fun themed cookbook full of small delightfully civilized dishes and trifles. The author has arranged them thematically: breakfast, luncheon, afternoon tea, banquet dishes (soups, vegetables, fish, and meats), and sweets & libations. The recipes are full of small details and descriptions highlighting details about ingredients or historical preparation and presentation methods.

Each recipe includes serving yields, lots of special notes, and prep times. Recipe ingredients are listed bullet point style along with optional ingredients. All measurements are given in American standard measures only. The directions are given step by step, numbered sequentially. The nutritional information is not provided.

Most of the recipes' ingredients are easily to find and the resultant dishes are quite fancy and appealing. Some of the ingredients will be difficult to source outside of specialist retailers and/or large metropolitan areas (or mail order). Roughly 20-25% of the recipes include photos. The photos are beautifully styled with elegant place settings, china, silver, and presentations.

Four stars.This is the perfect gift for cooks who love high tea, brunch, entertaining, and aren't intimidated by time/labor intensive dishes. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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