It all makes sense. This [In Defence of Food] is my favourite of his books, a bracing jeremiad against what's bad industrial food, inane nutritional ideas, dumb-ass politicians and journalists and a plea for sensibly hedonistic eating. Jay Rayner echoed a number of online voices with this choice: I know any number of chefs who swear by this title. Barely a week passes without me hauling it down from the shelf, and I use it as much for reference as I do for recipe inspiration.
Will Skidelsky points out that "Fearnley-Whittingstall has been at the forefront of the meat renaissance of the last decade; this encyclopedic volume is his grand statement on the subject. He was always a good writer but the passion and knowledge in Meat really shine through. It deserves its 'bible' status. Even today, it's rare I'll tackle a new cut or type of joint without thumbing through Hugh. Bob Granleese opted for this slightly lesser known collection: Terrifyingly well informed, unashamedly authentic; shame it didn't sell. Tom Parker Bowles called it "the greatest book on Thai cookery in the English language.
Filled with history, anecdote and an astonishing range of recipes, this is the cook book at its very finest. Matthew Fort and some of our readers also loved it: Tom Parker Bowles picked Sichuan Cookery because "Dunlop mixes scholarship with elegant prose and real experience of the Sichuan kitchen and in doing so created the seminal English language tome on this vibrant regional Chinese cusine. For Marina O'Loughlin it is "not simply a recipe book, but a real adventure round a cuisine and region that, at the time of publication, was as untravelled as the moon.
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Ms Dunlop's writing involves and enthuses — and makes you really, really hungry. The spicy, lip-tingling recipes are easier than they look, and are all delicious. Matthew Fort described Slater's book as: The book I wish I had written. Except that I don't have Nigel Slater's industry, ingenuity or warm, affectionate, kindly way with words.
No wonder the man's a national treasure. For Joanna Blythman , it was "the first mainstream cookbook to make seasonal eating look delicious and credible. Slater's Kitchen Diaries, Toast , and Appetite were probably the books most mentioned by online readers. Jay Rayner admitted that: I've never cooked from it. It just never offered what I wanted at any particular moment.
However, so many of my friends have cooked from it for me at dinner parties, that the influence of its clever riffs on Iberian and Moorish cuisine cannot be denied. Tom Parker Bowles has it that this book "wafted onto an adoring public upon a cloud of woodsmoke and good paprika, moving away from familiar tapas and paella and instead exploring the Moorish influence on Spanish food.
The restaurant is still as good as ever, and my copy of the book battered from constant use. Matthew Fort recognised that "of course, none but the most bonkers will attempt the recipes, but as an all-singing, all-dancing, once-and-for-all history of one of the most extraordinary restaurants ever, this is a monster, and worth every penny. Jay Rayner felt similarly: None of that is important. It stands as a wonderful document of the work of a chef who is about as important as anybody in his profession can ever be.
We received other nominations for this, and its smaller, cheaper incarnation The Fat Duck Cookbook online. So that's the top The next six were independently nominated by more than one of the panel. Matthew Fort opted for Hix's book because "few people have done more to raise the profile and appreciation of our native foods than Mark Hix. He writes with unobtrusive balance and clarity that lets the subjects speak for themselves.
And the recipes aren't bad, either.
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Tom Parker Bowles described it as "the comprehensive guide to British food from one of the godfathers of modern British cooking. Well-written and stuffed full with decent recipes and fascinating tales, this is an instant classic. But where it could have fallen foul of being a dull encyclopedia, its regional entries are kept short and to the point, with no space given to waffle. The illustrations suit perfectly, and I never leave London now without chucking it into the back of the car along with the good pub guide to make sure I eat exactly what I need to as I traverse this great country of ours.
Matthew Fort chose this book too: A magnificent and absolutely essential reference tome for anyone remotely interested in British food. Drole and drily witty, too. Bob Granleese described Joanna Blythman's The Food We Eat , reprinted by Penguin on the first day of the decade, as a "wonderfully irate and persuasive polemic on Britain's so-called food culture" while Alex Renton chose Shopped for being "gripping and shocking. Amazing we still haven't got [the supermarkets] under control.
The bone-headed publishers did us all a favour: Grub Street's editions are lovely. Allen likes to entertain in high style, and these recipes emphasize multiple colors, textures, and flavors in a single dish. Bean dip swirls together both black and white beans, and accompanying tortilla chips are homemade, spiced with smoked Spanish paprika. Allen reinvents traditional Chinese pork buns, stuffing them with options of American barbecued pork, Indian vindaloo pork, or Mexican pork and beans. Pastas swim in lavish duck sauce or simpler, homey meatballs. In My Kitchen describes food you want to eat, will easily be able to cook yourself—and a party all of us would very much like to attend.
Ted is good and trustworthy company. In person, in the kitchen—and on the page. You can tell these recipes are crafted by someone who truly loves food and loves being in the kitchen. It has a lot of well-written recipes for food that people are just going to want to make and eat. This book will encourage the home cook to get back in the kitchen on a weeknight and to entertain a crowd on the weekend. The recipes in this book will make you want to follow his lead and get cooking! They exude tremendous flavor and his techniques are clear and precise.
His recipes have an updated sensibility to them while still remaining soulful and satisfying. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. But at home, Ted is the one chopping the vegetables and working the stove, trying unusual ingredients and new techniques, from roasting earthy sunchokes in a piping-hot oven to develop their sweetness or transforming leftover pinot noir into complexly flavored homemade vinegar.
Now Ted invites likeminded cooks to roll up their sleeves, crank up the stereo, and join him in the kitchen for some fun.
While there are mountains of cookbooks featuring five-minute, three-ingredient, weeknight recipes for harried households, here is a book for food lovers who want to lose themselves in the delight of perfectly slow-roasting a leg of lamb—Mexican style—or whipping up a showstopping triple-layer cake. Ted is just such a cook and in his latest cookbook he shakes up expectations by topping bruschetta with tomatoes and strawberries; turning plums, sugar, and a bay leaf into an irresistible quick jam; putting everything you can think of on the grill—from ribs and pork shoulder to chiles and green beans; and modernizing the traditional holiday trio of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce with fresh ingredients and a little booze.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am pleasantly surprised that this book is full of classic authentic Cantonese recipes. I grew up in a very old fashioned Chinese household. Dinner was exactly as Grace described along with the life lessons. It literally feels like it was written by an older family member. To be honest, there isn't anything exciting about the recipes. They're simple day to day meals except for a few under Celebrations. Even for the holiday recipes, they're boring to me simply because I grew up eating the same foods and never did enjoy the holiday dishes.
In my opinion, they appeal more to the older generation. Also, many of the dishes simply do not suit the younger generation's palate. I noticed that in this book and another by a different author, it states to use baking soda in meat dishes. Most Chinese families that I know will not use baking soda in their food because too much of it will cause stomach aches and it leaves a bad flavor in the meats regardless of beef, pork, chicken or shrimp. Many Chinese restaurants use baking soda to tenderize meats. I can always taste it. It leaves sort of an ammonia scent in the meat.
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Corn starch or tapioca starch works just as well and no smell. I suggest leaving out the baking soda in any recipe that calls for it. Also, food is a very subjective topic.
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To me, Grace's recipes provide the basics of those particular dishes but as you become more familiar with the dish, you will alter the recipe to suit your own preferences. I found that I had to alter some recipes to make them more modern and add a layer of flavor. This is a great book for beginners to traditional Chinese food but not for experienced home cooks. However, I must give credit to Grace Young for an amazing job translating the essence of Chinese cooking into English. She truly left no secret out!
I own over cookbooks and this one has vaulted into my "top 10 of all time" due to Ms. If you're looking for the real deal Chinese household comfort foods, look no further - this book is legit. The recipes are simple enough to follow for the experienced cook, but beginners may find some of the techniques a little bit daunting. This is something one must learn through trial and error. For the Chinese American kids who want to cook like their awesome grandmothers, this is a good guide to start.
Most of the ingredients and techniques are spot on, although I did spot a few recipes that had ingredients not included in the recipe, but showed up in the picture. I'm guessing this is because Chinese food is highly adapted to personal taste and individual family's takes on the dish take the Jai recipe for example. It was really great seeing all the information on the various soups and their medicinal purposes - I've made the Apple Fig Pork soup several times now - it's great with fall here and winter approaching!
All in all, this is a fantastic book to add to the recipe book shelf in your house. I bought the book and thought the e-book would be the same