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Bill's Basics [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Bill Granger
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3 Sep 2010
Bill Granger, hugely popular Australian food writer, television chef and restaurateur has worked his particular magic on over 100 of his favourite classic dishes, bringing them effortlessly into the twenty-first century. Bill's Basics is a cheat's guide to making the recipes that every home cook wants to master. Bill has simplified techniques, minimised fussy ingredient lists and given these core dishes a modern twist that's in tune with our busy lives and passion for fresh and healthy flavours. This is a one-stop manual of favourite dishes for every occasion, from lazy breakfasts to late-night suppers to lunch for a crowd. In choosing them, Bill has drawn on all his fondest food memories, including dishes from a variety of different countries. From lamb tagine to prawn laksa, Thai beef salad to chocolate brownies, chicken burritos to creme caramel, this is the repertoire that every home cook wants to master. Bill's Basics will quickly become the essential book that all home cooks turn to time and again. A modern classic, packed with irresistible photography, written with Bill's trademark friendly yet reassuring authority, it will have readers cooking their way through it from cover to cover.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008438
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,573 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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Bill s recipes always seem simple, yet deliver a full-on wallop of flavour --delicious, October 2010

Most constant of all is Granger s trademark combination of simple fresh flavours that can be thrown together for instant impact --The Times, 28 August 2010

Try some new ways with chicken and lighten up old favourites with Bill Granger s delicious recipes --Sainsburys, October 2010

About the Author

Bill Granger's steadfast belief is that food should always be a joy, never a chore. Bill opened his first restaurant, bills, in Sydney at the age of 22, and bills Surry Hills three years later; a third Sydney restaurant was opened in 2005. In 2009 he opened in Tokyo and Bill is working on opening his first restaurant in London. His previous books have been translated into six languages. He writes regularly for Waitrose Food Illustrated and Australia's and the Netherland's delicious. magazine. His television series, bills food, launched in 2004 and has been broadcast worldwide in 27 countries; in the UK over two million viewers watched it on BBC TV. His second TV series Bill's Holiday screened in the UK and Australia in 2009. Author's location: London & Sydney

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First published in September of 2010, popular self-taught Australian chef Bill Granger's beautifully presented cookbook 'Bill's Basics' clearly had the 'Average Joe' in mind when he began penning this recipe book. The principle that runs behind the entirety of the book is good, honest and simple food - cooked simply. No experience or any advanced understanding of cooking is required; the book is aimed at taking the user through all the stages to create a vast array of quite simplistic culinary delights.

The book begins with a short introduction by Granger, allowing a brief glimpse into how surprisingly personal the book is to him. This alone adds a genuinely nice touch to the following recipes, and allows you to truly believe that he cooks these dishes all of the time; unlike with other cookbooks, whereby you know that half of the recipes are for dishes that the writer/chef would probably never cook up for themselves in everyday life.

Each recipe includes brief notes on the dish, which are often personal to Granger, as well as snippets of the dish's history ("carrot cake reached our shores in the Seventies"), or honest insights into the recipes and his attitude to cooking ("Satay Skewers are one of my favourite street foods, but I can't always be bothered to thread the chicken onto skewers at home").

An entire chapter is dedicated to soup, with a good number of delectable yet healthy recipes included. There are also one or two unusual recipes, such as 'Laksa' which is a rich and fragrant noodle soup that is (or so we're told) becoming the 'Spag Bol' of Australia. Don't be fooled into thinking that because the book is entitled 'Basics' that you will have seen it all before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond basics 17 Nov 2010
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whilst billed as "basics", namely classic meals from around the world for everyday cooking, Bill's Granger's book often goes beyond that. I was quite pleased for example to see that his recipe for Bolognese sauce includes the "authentic" ingredients and processes which most books leave out (soffrito of onion, carrot & celery, pancetta, pork as well as beef mince, milk and white wine).

His interpretations of the recipes can add that little bit extra beyond the standard. Though I have been doing Indian cooking for many years, I have always struggled to produce a palak paneer which I could call satisfactory to my mind. But trying ideas from Bill's recipe here I've gone a long way towards remedying that.

To be fair there are probably not too many recipes in this book which I would go out of my way to cook, but this is a decent enough book for those less experienced at cooking who want to expand their repertoire and produce relatively simple meals but with that little bit more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Brilliant 6 Dec 2010
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It does what it says on the tin. Bill Granger provides a selection of easy to cook recipes that you will use every day in your kitchen. The recipes are well laid out and clear to follow, the ingredients are not too rarefied that you couldn't get hold of most of them in your local supermarket (perhaps I will allow that the saffron and lobster risotto may be the only exception here), and every one that I have tested so far is tasty beyond belief.

The book is laid out in useful sections like breakfast, baking, desserts, meat and helpfully, an entire section for chicken. It is clearly marked where ingredients are optional, and serving suggestions are offered rather than dictated. I loved this book. The clear, simple photography really gives you a feel for what the food should look like. There are some wonderfully fresh vegetarian options, a lasagne which is packed full of ricotta and mozarella cheese and a good, simple tomato sauce, and a black bean chilli I am dying to try.

I do not think you should review a cookery book if you haven't tested at least some of the recipes, and so far I have made, chocolate brownies which were deliciously dark and sticky, the plain cake for friends which was light and moist and looked beautiful and the most divine carrot cake I have ever made or eaten. I have also made the flat breads, which were simple and far superior to any you will buy in a supermarket. The beef daube in rose was absolute heaven, and so was the roasted tomato soup. I cannot wait to crack on with the rest of the book.

This is my first Bill Granger recipe book. It will not be my last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the basics 26 Feb 2011
By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have caught a few of Bill Granger's cooking shows on a number of occasions but he's never been a chef that I made a point of sitting down and watching. Because of that I was intrigued but not overly excited by the thought of this cookbook.

How wrong I was.

The book itself aims to take 100 classic recipes, simplify the techniques, minimise the fussy ingredients and generally give a cookbook full of good, tasty cooking that's suitable for everyone. There are things such as pancakes, muffins, cookies, madeleines, soups, carbonara, risotto, chicken satay, steak, fish pie, lasagne, soufflés, baked cheesecake and so much more besides.

I don't think I've ever read a TV chef cookbook that is so down to earth. There's no pretentiousness about Bill or his cooking and I genuinely think his will be a book that I will actually pick up and cook something rather than leaving it sitting on the shelf. I feel other TV chefs are constantly trying to make themselves more interesting by resorting to gimmicks and tricks so it's really refreshing to find someone who seems to cook for pleasure and wants to share that joy.

The sections in this cookbook are: breakfast; baking; soup; salads; rice, pasta & bread; chicken; meat; seafood; vegetables and desserts. Most recipes have pictures of the finished food and there are other pictures dotted about that make this a really interesting book to pick up and read.

Each recipe follows the same pattern - a small introduction from Bill, a list of ingredients and then an explanation of how to make it. There's enough space around each recipe to make it easy to read and to write your own notes if you're that way inclined.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bills Basics
We use this book every weekend to make lovely pancakes for breakfast. Many other delicious recipies too. Beautifully presented with lovely photos to aspire to.
Published 11 months ago by Miss S
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful
Delightful book and very well presented, just like Bill's TV programmes. My husband was very impressed with it, also. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Alison Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant brownies
This is a great cookbook for the basics. It's classic Grainger, straight forward recipes, delicious results. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lucy Winterbottom
3.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely mixed views on this
This is a difficult recipe book to review. I have tried a good two dozen or so recipes out of this book, and the majority of them were, well, fine. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Turnbull
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy yet pleasing
This book features a good selection of Bill Grangers easy yet tasty recipes, I like the way in which each recipe is described and the directions are nice and clear. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by M. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just "how to cook"
The recipes in this book span a range of cuisines and are always clear and easy to follow. Everything I've cooked up from here has turned out exactly as planned - and all have been... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Mr. S. D. Mcginty
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely recipe collection
Bill Granger's cookbook is full of simple, laid back tasty recipes, all of which are clearly explained and beautifully photographed. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by Andrew Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars bill's basics
Fast delivery. Excellent condition. Super looking book with great pictures and easy to follow recipes. It was bought as a gift for my daughters fiance.. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by millie
4.0 out of 5 stars Variety is the spice of life
An eclectic cook book which covers a wide range of dishes. Bill Granger clearly likes his Asian food, as is evidenced in recipes like the Thai 'Pad see ew' and the Malaysian nasi... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Phil Robertshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cook book
This really is a great cook book which includes 100 of Bill's recipes. Each one is easy to follow and has a beautiful colour photo next to it so you can see what the finished dish... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Harry Parsons
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