Hey hvacker buy this !!!
I bought this book back aways. You never hear or see of Pol Martin. He could be dead for all I know.
But his recipes are down to earth, different and easy to make. I know what your are saying. Some of these shows are far out. I don't know about your town but up here in Vermont we aren't going to find half the ingredients for some of those recipes. "Planktons and Shallots ??????"
That Pol Martin makes things with stuff you can find in your pantry or local supermarket.