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Best of Bill [Hardcover]

Bill Granger
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5 Sep 2011
Bringing together more than 130 of Bill Granger's best recipes, from Ham and Gruyere French Toast to Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding, "Best of Bill" captures the simple, joyful and no-fuss approach to cooking that has made him a household name. This collection provides a unique culinary journey that takes us from Bill's early days as a fledgling chef, when he was known as the 'Egg Master of Sydney', to the more relaxed food of lazy holidays and weekends. His recipes are always fast, easy and brimming with flavour, harmonising with the demands of family and lifestyle. Now that they're collected in one volume, you won't need to scramble between cookbooks for your favourite recipes ever again. 'The best of Bill Granger' collected into one stunning and comprehensive volume. With favourites drawn from six of his best-selling cookbooks, "Best of Bill" contains over 130 recipes for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert. It is packed with stunning photographs and infused with Bill's laid-back voice and style. Bill Granger is an internationally acclaimed chef - his cookbooks have sold more than 800,000 copies, both here and overseas, and his television series have screened in over 30 countries.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742665462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742665467
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BILL GRANGER is a self-taught cook who steadfastly believes that food should always be a joy, never a chore. His easy-going approach to cooking is an essential element in his enduring popularity. Bill opened his first restaurant, bills, in Sydney at the age of 22, and bills Surry Hills only three years later; a third Sydney restaurant was opened in July 2005. In March 2008 he opened his first restaurant in Tokyo and he is working on opening a restaurant in London.

Bill's previous books include bills Sydney food, bills food, bills open kitchen, simply bill, Every Day, Holiday and Feed Me Now. In all, he has sold over 850,000 books and been translated into six languages. He also works with various gourmet magazines, including Waitrose Food Illustrated and Australia's and the Netherlands's delicious. magazines. His television series, bills food, launched in 2004 and has been broadcast worldwide in no less than 27 countries; in the UK alone over two million viewers watched it on BBC TV. His second tv series Bill's Holiday screened in the UK and Australia early in 2009.

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With his uncomplicated approach to food and laid-back Sydney style, chef Bill Granger has changed the face of contemporary Australian dining. Opening his first restaurant, bills, in 1993, it wasn't long before Sydneysiders were clamouring for his signature scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. Since then he has opened two more restaurants in Sydney and two in Japan. In that time he has published a range of best-selling cookbooks including bills Sydney food, bills food, bills open kitchen, Simply Bill, Every Day, Holiday and Feed Me Now! He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, both in Australia and overseas, and his TV series, bill's food and bill's holiday have screened in Australia, the UK and over 30 other countries.

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By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Bill Granger's style is wonderfully simple and straightforward. At the risk of cultural stereo-typing, he's just a "straight up Aussie". So with his recipe books, you don't get stories about how each recipe was passed down from Great Aunt Dolly or whoever. Nor do you get a pseudo-erotic description of the texture of the ingredients. And talking of the ingredients, you won't need to Google the names of them before searching out a specialist deli. He uses ingredients that we've all heard of, and which are readily available. What do you want from a recipe book? Good, reliable recipes that maybe have a nice picture of what it's supposed to look like, right? Well that's what Bill gives you.

Split into: Breakfast; Lunch; Tea; Dinner and Desserts (see, nice straightforward meals again) you get a collection of roughly 20-25 recipes in each. Many are basics done well. He's not adverse to giving us a couple of pages on "Bill's Eggs" (well, technically they are the chicken's eggs I suppose) where he tells you how to do the basics right. More ambitious and experienced cooks might feel this is beneath them - but this is not an ambitious cook book. In fact, while each recipe is tempting, it's hardly the most innovative. Mostly they are things you have heard of.

If you already have a shelf full of Granger books, this also might not be for you - it's like a "greatest hits" collection rather than new recipes. But to have all the basics in one book is excellent. He's a bit like a cool Delia in that regard.

I've tried several of the recipes and the quantities and timings are all spot on. The Coconut and Lime Macadamia cake is fantastic as was the Honey Cheesecake.
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By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Chunkily built, over an inch thick, nine by ten inches in dimension; this bumper album generously delivers straightforward recipes in a clear, easy to follow format.

Here we have `Fusion' cookery, I am told; relying on the freshest of fruits, meats and cheeses; perhaps more coconut, apricot and buttermilk than we are used to here. An open, un-crowded page for the directions and a bright big page for the photograph, all set in a relaxed coastal, arty, friendly and light background.

Cooking for family and friends, mates and kids, no fuss - that is as long as you have been shopping earlier for the required ingredients and have a well-stocked dry larder full of cashews, macadamia, flaked almonds, pistachios and...rosewater!

When you are required to do something a little different there are helpful no nonsense explanations offered.

Basic cookery with a quirky twist, some exciting touches - flaked salt over the chocolate caramel squares, coconut creeping into unexpected places. I liked the use of Zucchini in fritters and soup, as they are plentiful at present. The fritters, served with yoghurt were especially tasty, not something you could normally say about a courgette recipe.

Breakfast is a big issue with Bill; great reading as I was chewing on boring old toast and leafing through his suggestions of buttermilk pancakes, mushrooms on toast, French toast with fresh berry sauces (later that shows up enveloping chocolate too!).

Excellent value, a book you may be inspired to work your way through - those around your kitchen table would surely be most appreciative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Bill 15 Mar 2012
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I love Bill Granger, who is currently bringing a bit of Aussie sunshine to our dull grey shores here in the UK. This book is in a similar vein to his previous offerings, and might thus not be suitable for those who own more than a couple of his volumes already (the infamous buttermilk pancakes are an obvious example of previously published recipes - however as one of his signature dishes, I suppose that's not entirely unexpected). Recipes are relatively simple to follow and the photography makes them all look delicious. Australian - pan-Asian cuisine dominates as you might predict, but there are also European influences too. Please note that good quality thick board covers mean this is a weighty book (and quite large too).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great recipe book from Bill Granger 7 Jan 2012
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The Best of Bill is simple from the outset, with the recipes clearly split into five sections: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and desserts, so it is easy to navigate when looking for inspiration. Each recipe in this book, as with Bill's other collections, are nicely presented with full page photos, however the anecdotes that make his other books so appealing are missing here.

As with Bill's previous book Bill's Basics, the stand out recipes for me are the breakfasts, which he is famous for. Every single recipe in this section looks delicious and I am keen to try as many as possible. The other sections, whilst not quite as captivating, still provide plenty of intriguing recipes including the Fragrant Chicken and Spinach Curry which was simple to make and delicious. I am now keen to try out some of the other recipes including Zucchini Fritters with Yoghurt Sauce, Briget's Onion & Feta Cheese Tart and Coconut Blackberry Slice. Overall, this is a good addition to Bill's growing collection however, I would recommend Bill's Basics if you are new to Granger's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple, tasty dishes!
This book gives me everything I need to create quick, simple and tasty dishes that satisfy! Whether it be starters, mains, desserts or cakes there's something for everyone, which... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Louise Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I really like this book, there's lots of nice pictures of the food and the quality of the print is nice on good quality paper. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book!
I had become bored with my cookery books so decided I needed a fresh approach. This really fitted the bill.
Published 18 months ago by Ms. P. Holton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cookbook for weeknight inspiration
Really love this cookbook. Loads of great recipes that are easy to follow and do. I get inspiration for mid week meals from this and each meal has an accompanying photograph which... Read more
Published 18 months ago by C Romeo
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the TV chefs
This is the second of Bill Granger's books that I have had the pleasure of reading and owning and I feel that he is well on the way to being one of my favourite TV chefs. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by josie82
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
The recipes here are typical of Bill Granger - simple, unfussy, unpretentious food with a leaning towards fusion cuisine. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Claretta
5.0 out of 5 stars You can taste the sunshine on every page!
I ought to start this review with an admission...

I am an out and out Bill fan, his recipes are passed with flavour, easy to follow, have ingredients you can buy in the... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and follow cook book
A nicely laid out and easy to read and follow cook book, back to basics in style Bill Granger maybe could be compared to Delia. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by Fletch-a-sketch
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, simple cooking
I love Bill's relaxed style of cooking - a sort of Antipodean version of Nigel Slater. I was pleased when this compilation of Bill's recipes came up on the Vine programme as I am... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Marand
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bill
Have always loved Bill's books with their easy-to-follow, anyone-can-cook recipes. This, of course, is no exception as it's a Best Of collection. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Mr. K. Cross
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