Feasts in Shakespeare’s Plays Cookbook Review

Feasts in Shakespeare’s Plays Cookbook Review

Title: Feasts in Shakespeare’s Plays
Author: Rie Sato
Published: February 2, 2021,
No. of Pages: unknown
Cover Price: $18.00 Paperback

While the premise of this book is fascinating, it is difficult to review a cookbook with only one chapter to go on. Feasts in Shakespeare’s Plays is especially appealing to Shakespeare lovers and English majors. Rie Sato has obviously done plenty of research and while she names some of the dishes that she plans to include in the book based on Shakespeare’s plays, there are no actual recipes in the review copy to try and use to review the cookbook. A good reviewer is expected to prepare at least a recipe or two from a cookbook to make sure the instructions are both easy to follow, understandable to cooks at all levels of expertise, and that they turn out right. Since there are no real recipes in the review copy, this is impossible. While the sample prose is not only interesting, but well-written, it is not complete, and no reviewer will be able to judge whether or not it is a viable cookbook that will actually used to cook from.

A good cookbook also contains photographs, and there are some excellent photos in this sample; hopefully when the recipes are added, they will be relatable and worth preparing.

I think it is impossible to actually review a cookbook without at least a sample of the recipes included and the way that they will eventually be presented. Sato should have waited to send out the review copies until she had decided on her format for each recipe. This is just like having an idea and then putting the idea out for everyone to judge without putting any proper documentation out to support the idea. As an English major, a caterer, and Shakespeare lover, I don’t think it is fair to give this book stars until I see the actual book with actual recipes.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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