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Fifty Recipes To Stake Your Life On [Hardcover]

Charles Campion
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Timewell Press; First Edition edition (20 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857252020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857252026
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charming collection perfectly-sized for bedtime reading. -- The Independent, 10 November, 2004

Gentle, humane, chatty. Nice assortment of domestic ingredients and plenty of cakes and puddings. -- Mail on Sunday, 21 November, 2004.

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Eats, cooks and writes’ just about sums up the existence of award-winning food writer Charles Campion. As a writer and editor of the Rough Guide to London Restaurants(now in its seventh edition) and a restaurant critic on the London Evening Standard, Campion has built up an army of followers who place absolute trust in his sound judgements and unrivalled knowledge. Campion’s passion for food is equalled only by his love of cooking. In Fifty Recipes To Stake Your Life On he introduces us to the recipes on which he has come to depend, garnered from his life as a manabout-town, professional chef and family cook. It includes family favourites like ‘Auntie Lena’s Ginger Biscuits’; simple dishes like ‘Fiercely Barbecued Lamb’; novelties like ‘Kedgersotto’; thought provoking variations like ‘Not Lardy Cake’; eye-catching creations like ‘Smart-Looking Salmon’; rich desserts like ‘Chinese Caramel Ice Cream’; simple combinations of flavour like ‘Dill Parsnips’; and homespun items like ‘Banana Tea Bread’. Together they make up a complete armoury of easy to follow recipes for the busy cook. Each recipe comes with its own story. Guaranteed to get the gastric juices flowing, Charles Campion’s culinary memoir is the most fun a foodie can have outside a fridge.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, misleading title 25 Feb 2005
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The title and the blurb - "nothing quite so irritating as a [which] looks good in the glossy picture, you've followed the recipe slavish;y, but still you end up with a flop" - make it look as though this would be a suitable book for an inexperienced cook. It's not; the recipes are much too high-level (and the ingredients often obscure). Recommended if you are a confident and experienced cook, but not otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some superb recipes 11 Feb 2010
All of the recipes I tried in this book were excellent, the chutney in particular was superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper food writing 5 April 2010
I rate this book very highly because it's much more than a traditional recipe book. Some are simple recipes and some are complex, but the really entertaining thing about the book are the reasons behind why you can stake your life on the recipes. This adds a fascinating dimension to cooking and eating and it's genuinely interesting to read why using such and such an ingredient or method or approach makes a difference. It's a brilliant present for anyone who likes food as, with the reasons and stories, it's a pleasure to read as well as to cook from.
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