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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (5 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844006158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844006151
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Daisy Garnett's experiences as a novice ships cook were the beinning of a livelong love of food. Her recipes and anecdotes are full of really useful tips."
-- Delicious Magazine, October 2008

"Enchanting, entertaining and easy to follow, each recipe explains how the dishes were discovered and the recipes have evolved. Bright, funny and charming, Daisy makes you want to cook everything and convinces you that you can." -- Easy Living, October 2008

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"Daisy Garnett's experiences as a novice ships cook were the beinning of a livelong love of food. Her recipes and anecdotes are full of really useful tips."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Rebec VINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2009
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This is not a large book and it probably contains fewer recipes than most cookery books. However, the conception and presentation is such that I think this will be, along with my Marguerite Patten, my most used cookery book.

The author has a passion for food and for cooking. The interesting narrative between recipes, shows how this passion developped and the recipes are extremely detailed and easy to follow. There is an index at the back, which is essential as the recipes for each type of food are not placed together in the book. Do not let this worry you and do not skip the narrative as this frequently contains very useful hints on how to improve the way you cook recipes you think you know.

Owing to an injured arm, I haven't had the chance to try out any of the recipes but I can't wait to do so. Top of my list to try is the recipe for roast chicken, which is not my favourite roast by any means but the recipe and hints given here look as though that could change.

The most important quality for a cook to have is confidence. This book, with its very basic but important hints and reasons for doing something in a particular way will give any nervous enthusiast the confidence to put together a repertoire of interesting, varied, nourishing and. above all, tasty dishes.

This book will make an ideal gift for almost anyone but particularly for children leaving home and non-cooks suddenly left on their own to fend for themselves. I love it and thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2008
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The author describes her journey to discovering her love of cooking starting from when she was on a boat, sailing across the Atlantic with four men and elected to do the cooking and her attempt to roast a chicken - something she had never done before. She describes her first cooking experiences and how over time, and perseverance, she learnt to love the art of cooking.

The book is filled with recipes, hints and tips that Daisy Garnett has discovered over the years. This book is a wonderful book to give to any food lover with a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. The style of the book is modest, with lots of lovely quirky illustrations, but not of unnecessarily artistic, but impossible to achieve presentation plates of food. The author writes passionately about food, but also writes about the practicalities of cooking and how every cook secretly also has a load of kitchen gadgets - some very expensive and unless and others that are used constantly.

The book gives you lots of ideas as well as recipes to try such as Lemon Pound Cake and Ham Cooked In Cola. The recipes are randomly scattered throughout the book and follows different themes throughout the book of family get-togethers, when the author lived in New York and London and when she was on the boat, however you can look up the recipes in the index. If you like books by Nigel Slater, this is a book worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pepemia VINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2009
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This ia s beautifully presented book that has a lovely homely, earthy feel to it.From the wonderful packaging ( like its been wrapped in old brown ,kitchen paper ) to the unique personalise presentation- this grabs your curiousity.
My first instincts with this book is that it would make a wonderful gift for an experienced cook or someone older. It has a reminisent feel about it which is in keeping with the book.
Its the story of the authors love of food and its importance in her life.
It combines recipes with memoires & moments.It is very much a hybrid of a novel with recipes.It is more than a cookbook it is an experience but this takes time .
The problem I had with it is that it is a long read and the recipes are not referanced on their own. So if you were for instance looking for a carrot cake recipe you have to fumble through the book as the book contains only chapter titles like "returning home -cooking for one or fourteen and the danger of bravado ".
As much as I loved the idea of the book & the beautiful illustrations- I found this fustrating.This is part of the " rambling " feel to the book.
I feel the book is very individualistic and so does have a limited appeal.
I did find it a beautiful book and would give it to certain friends of mine. However I feel that it wouldnt appeal to everyone- as beautiful as it is & this should be kept in mind when purchasing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2009
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This is an unusual recipe book. Really, it's a collection of autobiographical anecdotes completed with the recipes that go with the stories. You can either read it for the slow, rich enjoyment of the stories, which begin with cooking on a transatlantic yacht, or you can actually try the (rather advanced, and quite expensive) recipes yourself.

It's either a great book for the armchair cook, or a great book for the cook looking forward to an armchair afterwards.

I really liked this book, which grows on you as you read it, and I enjoyed the fact that you can read it without really having any intention of trying the recipes yourself. It's a rather unique idea, and a very good gift for anyone who enjoys thinking about cooking elaborate meals rather more than they get the chance to actually prepare them.

Still, it's neither fish nor fowl, and if you really want great writing, or great cooking, then you can get it better elsewhere. This is a combination to savour, not a book for the single-minded in their quest for excellence.
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