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Cooking Lessons [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Daisy Garnett
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Book Description

5 Sep 2008
It all began one summer when Daisy set sail across the Atlantic from Florida to Portugal with four men. Unexpectedly, it turned out that Daisy couldn't sail, and so was declared the cook. Except she couldn't cook either. From roasting her first chicken in that tiny galley kitchen to large feasts cooked at her family home, Daisy reveals how she not only learnt the skills of cooking, but also fell in love with food - a love that now borders on obsession. Full of highly entertaining and often hilarious food and family-related anecdotes - from the unidentifiable school dinners and baked potatoes of her youth, to scallops, doomed love affairs and a weekend spent with a New York drag queen - her adventures are diverse, inspiring and heart-warming.In this title, over 100 recipes are woven into a narrative, including basic techniques such as making breads and cakes, cooking and preparing meat and fish, and making jams and sauces, as well as specific dishes like sea bass cooked in banana leaves, pumpkin risotto and mango sorbet. With charming illustrations throughout, this book will inspire all readers to appreciate the pleasures of cooking and enjoy a few other lessons along the way.

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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: 3 x 14.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,614 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


"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
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful, unconventional and reassuring 3 Feb 2009
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Some thoughts from the most appropriate person I know my mum, SA Sayer:

What a delightful book to read, entertaining, funny and informative. It's about a young women and how she fell into cooking and how her passion for food grew. She draws you in, in a relaxed fashion, giving recipes for food in such a way that you just want to try it for yourself.

It's a down to earth book, as she says "...nothing, but nothing, beats a good crumble, and the best crumble of all is an apple crumble." In a number of cases it is not so much a recipe as an explanation of how to make something work, often missing from a more traditional cook book. Many readers will find this book reassuring in that what they are doing is probably right and if not there are useful suggestions as to how to get it right.

The book would make a lovely present, both to give or to receive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and Very Useful Cookery Book 24 Jan 2009
By Roger Rebec VINE VOICE
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Anecdote, autobiography, and recipes 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A novel Recipe 15 Jan 2009
By pepemia VINE VOICE
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and useful book 8 Jan 2009
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Lovely to look at book, with a very tactile cover, nicely illustrated pages using a very nice to look at set of slightly muted colours. The drawings themselves have a naive like charm.

It IS a recipe book, with some very useful ones included - over 100 in fact, including such delights as Boxing Day leeks with spinach and peas, Sheppard's Pie and coq au vin.

The chapters speak for themselves really:

Why I Cook
How I Came To Cooking
Learning Not To Cook
New York Living
Returning Home
The Happy Ending

Each chapter contains nice drawings, recipes & interesting narratives.

The book would make a lovely Mother's Day gift.

The cover blub is right (for once) this book is a "Love letter to all who enjoy food"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookery book with a difference
This is a cookery book with a difference loads of stories behind each and every recipe.
Great read and learn loads of general tips all the way through. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by David A. Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift for a foodie
I gave this to my mother as a gift and she has been slowly working through it since. She often mentions it to me - the stories have very much captured her and she is even thinking... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook or diary?
This book is more of a diary of the authors travels than a traditional cookbook, with recipes inbetween the stories. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by Harry Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Memoir and Recipes together should work...
... but I'm afraid this just doesn't work for me. The recipes are a little overly pretentious and probably too complex for all but the most ardent cooks. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Paul Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance
My first impression when I saw this book is that it would make a lovely gift. The book looks expensive (with beautiful thick paper) and stylish. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by TheLibrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable way to cook
I got this book for my wife and ended up using it myself. The recepes are fairly easy to follow and you don't need a degree in rocket science though it might help. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2009 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok cook book
This is by no means your traditional cook book. The receipes are interwoven with stories of the writer's life. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2009 by Dove2224
3.0 out of 5 stars Cooking, Not Waving
I opened this book thinking I was going to learn some new recipes. I discovered quite quickly that the easiest way to learn to cook was being thrown in at the proverbial deep-end... Read more
Published on 23 July 2009 by J. Grundy
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty revolting book.
This book is so bad, that I was a little bit sick in my mouth. The recipes are so-so at best, certainly nothing that get you running into the kitchen, but the fact that they're... Read more
Published on 1 July 2009 by Dean Wanless
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambles a bit, but is entertaining and has some great recipes
This book really looks the part - nice cover, really olde worlde in it's appearance. I quite enjoyed Daisy's stories, although some of the details could have been left out to... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Jimbo
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