67 percent people find recipes and language in cook books difficult to interpret


40 percent of the celebrity recipe books are never used by home cooks, as many are intimidated by the unfamiliar ingredients, recipes and language used by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, a study has revealed.

By contrast, mums and dads creating a family meal, or even a dinner party, are much happier with the style, ease and simplicity offered by the likes of Delia Smith and, particularly, Jamie Oliver, the Daily Mail reported.

Two in three (67 percent) said that they find the recipes in many glossy cookbooks intimidating, according to the survey commissioned by Italian food company Sacla.

Some 35 percent said that they were put off by the cost of ingredients, while 29 percent said recipes were too complicated.

More than a quarter (27 percent) said that hard-to-find ingredients stopped them using the books.

The cooking terms that largely sent home chefs into a spin were ballotine, where 45 percent had no idea what it was, umami, cartouche, concasse and chiffonade.

The research found the typical British home has 10 cookbooks, however the owners have only tried an average of four recipes from each.

Heston Blumenthal's 'In Search of Perfection' and Gordon Ramsay's '3 Star Chef' were cited as the books most likely to gather dust.

This is not surprising when creating Blumenthal's Black Forest Gateau recipe involves the need to knock-up a makeshift vacuum chamber, while his Perfection Chicken Tikka Masala takes three days to cook.

The research found that many have given up on cookbooks completely, with more than half (53 percent) now searching for recipes online based on what they have got in the fridge and cupboard.

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