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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (9 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903845920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903845929
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Ramsay, like Marco Pierre White before him, is the current holder of the position of Top Temperamental Chef in London and the embodiment of that paradox of haute cuisine, under which the most exquisite food emerges from the most furious white-hot hell of the professional kitchen. You wouldn't know it from A Chef for All Seasons, Ramsay's beautiful new collection. All is sweetness and light here. The word "pretty" is occasionally dropped. This may or may not be the result of the moderating influence of Ramsay's co-author, Roz Denny.

The theme of the collection is freshness and seasonality of ingredients, about which Ramsay is "passionate" (unlike, one must assume, all those other tin-opening top chefs). It is arranged by season, with Ramsay introducing each season by discussing his favourite foods, then showing his virtuosity in a set of recipes designed to show them at their best. The recipes are, as you would expect, supremely stylish, but cunningly designed to be simple enough in execution to tempt the home cook. Ramsay and Denny have, for once, actually achieved that rare balance between restaurant and domestic kitchen. Lots of fish recipes, the luxurious use of foie gras, the odd modish touch like crushed peas, desserts made with fashionably unfashionable fruits such as rhubarb and prunes, all make up a delectable set of recipes. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The food is so good and the recipes so easy to follow" - --Sunday Telegraph

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By denise@thefoodweb.com on 6 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
When you cook with the finest of ingredients and you are no slave to fashion, preferring instead to pick the best each season has to offer, you can cook a feast fit for a king........ or Gordon Ramsey.
Ramsey; together with Roz Denny, and photographer Georgia Glynn Smith, have produced a beautiful book, bursting with expert culinary advice , full of mouthwatering recipes and stunning photographs.
An easy to cook and easy to read cook book. I could'nt put it down.
I love the moody, almost frantic style of Ramsey, always searching for the next great eating experience, passionate about his art.
A dedicated professional. Ramsey passes on his ideas of flavour combination, colours and textures, and leaves the rest up to you.
The recipes are simple to reproduce. Ramsey's secret: regional and seasonal buying of fresh ingredients. Recipes like "Sea trout with Crushed Fresh Peas", a Summer dish of superb fresh fish with the simplist of accompaniments, a crushed puree of delicous garden peas, bound with a vinaigrette, and enhanced with fresh marjoroum. , So delicous, so inviting, and thats just one recipe from Chef of the year 2000. Brilliant! A chef for all Seasons Denise@thefoodweb.com...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book approaches my favourite all time cook book, Keep it Simple by Alistair Little, in that it allows a home cook, with some skills to create dishes far above the ordinary...
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Francesco P. on 21 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Good recipes. Great inspiration and very nice descriptions of the ingredients. I cannot add anything that was not already said in the previous reviews on this, but be careful. the recipes are most of the time wrong in timings. So far I found that cooking times should be twice as much as indicated in the book. For example, I just completed the orange and lemon tart and the cooking time is (obviously) at least 60 minutes and not 35 as written. Same errors on timing are everywhere on the book. So, if you are a beginner ... be prepared for a lot fo frustation because of this!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ben@monkeyden.freeserve.co.uk on 14 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is exelent - not only does ramsay share his michlen starred recipes but he also adapts and makes them possible for the home cook. It has exelent colour pictures to give examples of how he presents them in his resturant and in the back gives you tricks of the trade e.g how to 'fan a fennel'!- The book is divided into seasons and ramsay explains which produce is in season to allow you to purchase it when it is at its cheapest price and the finest quality - its a exelent book and definently a book to have, a small price to pay for a quality book! This book really proves gordon ramsay is a chef for all seasons - and with this you could be too!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2002
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This book is one of the best book gifts I have ever had, and I am working my way through it, delighting and surprising my family and friends. The spring chicken with pak choi is fast, easy, and brilliant. Easy to read and follow - hard to put down! Hats off to Gordon Ramsay
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a corner stone in every modern day chefs kitchen- good spread of recipes and detailed techniques to achieving modern, yummie, elegnat food.. some instructions however lack the signs to look out for of when a certain ingredient is cooked- often he would say dont over cook, or fry for a bit, instead of mentioning temp, or cooking time, or colour of flesh etc..
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I am currently studying culinary arts and my mother got me this book, as a gift. I love it the descriptions he gives about the foods he uses and why they are in season. It gives me a nice break from practicing "fine" dinning meals that aren't out of my school books.
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By Emma on 13 May 2013
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Lovely pictures and recipes combined with enough descriptive text to feel that you can sit and read this book as opposed to just looking at pictures. Wish I had time to try more recipes, it has really inspired me to think more seasonally about my food.
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