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Cook: A year in the kitchen with Britain's favourite chefs [Hardcover]

Rebecca Seal
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21 Oct 2010

Ever since its launch in 2001, the Observer Food Monthly has been a huge hit with British foodlovers, taking us behind the scenes at famous restaurants, revealing insights into the worlds of our best chefs and, of course, providing delicious recipes that we simply can't wait to try.

Now, for the first time, we have collected the best of those recipes - as well as others that are entirely new - into a sumptuous book that will have your mouth watering from the moment you open the pages. Antonio Carluccio's stuffed lamb cutlets, Gordon Ramsay's mackerel paté, Sam and Eddie Hart's roast suckling pig, Fergus Henderson's bone marrow salad and Giorgio Locatelli's turkey meatballs all make an appearance, alongside recipes from The Ivy, Moro and the River Café. Not only that, you'll also find details about famous chefs' favourite 'secret ingredients' and hints on technique that will have even a novice chef cooking like a pro.

Beautifully photographed and bursting with creative ideas, Cook is the perfect book for anyone who's ever clipped a recipe out of the newspaper to save for later.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652237
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 19.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A delicious collection of simple, seasonal recipes from the best of British chefs.

About the Author

The Observer Food Monthly was launched in 2001, and since then has provided a home for all things foodie in the UK. Characterised by insightful interviews with key figures, in-depth reporting into the food industry and, of course, delicious recipes, the OFM is a must-read for every British foodlover.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cook. For me this book has to go straight on to the pile of must have books for 2010. It's just beautiful. The instructions are clear. The information is useful and concise. I love the synopsis of who each chef is above each recipe. It's fun, up to date, interesting and beautifully shot showing you exactly how the food looks. Considering all the different contributors - the instructions are given in a precise and consistent way that made me want to cook from it immediately. I made a fabulous Chickpea, leek and fennel soup from the October chapter - it's great to cook from.

The benchmark of a great cookbook to me is if it makes me want to rush in the kitchen and start to cook delicious food. Well this is aptly named because It did just that. It made me cook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb addition to my cookery book collection 18 Feb 2012
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Bought a couple of copies as Christmas gifts and of course ended up ordering another for me. As the owner of hundreds of cookery books I didn't think I could need more. However, I really enjoyed the layout and seasonal aspect of this book, along with the varied recipes, reflective of the various contributors. I enjoy the Observer Food columns and this follows the same style and narrative. I have used many of the recipes and also dipped in for inspiration too. I heartily recommend this book. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cooks all together 23 Jan 2012
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Found this to be such an inspiring book with so many of our celebrity and well known cooks all together. Great recipes and loads of inspiration in many different ways.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I was a little disappointed with this book - I have around 600 and this one wont be getting used as much as some of my other cookery books. Saying that it has a wonderful tips entry for every month of the year and this book is extremely seasonable and gives very many ideas of ways to use the "right in season produce". It is ideal for a cook that follows a recipe to the "t". I tend to use this book for inspiration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong description 10 Nov 2010
It says it's an compilation of recipes which have been in the Observer Food Monthly. However reading the actual introduction in the book it says that some have been previously published, but many more are completely new. You have to decide for yourself whether that is a plus or minus point when wanting to buy the book, but for me it was a minus, because I might not have bought it if I had known this beforehand. I don't normally read the magazine, so a 'best of' was what tempted me to buy the book.

One of the very few dishes I laid my eyes on uses potato mash from a packet as ingredient. Not really my type of cooking
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