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Dishy Hardcover – 6 Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340750952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340750957
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the wealth of cookbooks around at the moment, Kevin Gould's witty and irreverent Dishy (subtitled "Real Food for Real People") is something of a treat. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes range from classic coq au vin, mackerel with sharp fruit, lamb cutlets with smooth chickpeas and panfried monkfish with roasted garlic. Choose side dishes such as the enticingly named "velvet spinach" (the secret's in the creme fraïche) and butter baked witloof (a type of chicory from Belgium, for those not in the know). Desserts are healthy (misted fresh fruit) or downright wicked (grand pot au chocolat).

What makes Dishy stand out, however, is its bright, colourful design and tongue-in-cheek humour--it's packed full of colour photographs, cartoons and witticisms galore (a double-page spread of fluffy chickens precedes instructions on how to cook them); a recipe for a whole roast duck cooked with a hairdryer faces one for goose with curling tongs and crimpers. Buy the book to find out which one is genuine. The best touch is the list of imaginatively titled menu suggestions at the end of Dishy--there's the "Hoping to Get Lucky" menu, the "Two Couples of Similar Social Standing Who've Known Each Other for Ages, and Are Talking About Holidays" menu, "Intelligent Documentary TV Dinner" (a lot of leaf salad and furrowed brow), the Soap TV dinner (refried tomato spaghetti and release of trouser button) and the pièce de resistance, the "Impressing A Couple You Call Your Friends But Don't Really Know That Well" menu (prawns and wilted rocket and guessing each other's incomes). Dishy is a book of visual delights to chuckle over--oh, and has some genuinely interesting recipes as well. --Catherine Taylor

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2001
Eating is the most intimate thing we do, so shopping and cooking are fundamental to life. Kevin Gould's aim is to bring the joy of good food back into the kitchen, with this collection of recipes based on the simplest but best quality ingredients. Kevin's philosophy is that the key to good cooking is good ingredients, and that if we use these, we can cook the most sumptuous meals. With inspiration drawn from many different cultures, Dishy includes such dishes as Persian Herbs with Feta, Radish and Flatbread, Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Caperberries, and Pumpkin Stew. In addition, he emphasises that the setting and atmosphere are important components of a perfect meal. A visual feast, Dishy is not just a cookbook, but a manual for good living.
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By wilse on 11 Dec. 2007
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Not only does this book contain some great recipes. It is also very well written and the design & photograpy is brilliant.
I'm a graphic designer, and if you are interested in good design, BUY this book! It will make a good a present.

I bought it from TK's originally and quickly returned to buy more for pressies, alas they were all gone.


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