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Good Food: The Ultimate Recipe Book [Hardcover]

Angela Nilsen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 Feb 2007 Good Food

What does it take to find the ultimate recipe? Angela Nilsen boldly sets out in the name of culinary research, with a quest to perfect the ultimate recipes for 50 classic dishes.

Through a combination of her own research, testing and fine-tuning techniques, as well as consultation with distinguished chefs and writers for their insider tips and advice, Angela has come up with 50 definitive recipes, from making the perfect French omelette with Raymond Blanc and apple-pie inspiration with Gordon Ramsay to simply delicious pizza and roast chicken, super chocolate cake, meringues and lots more.

Angela gives the full background to every recipe, the testing, the discussions and the problems she faced and then explains exactly how to make the best ever version with tips, hints and step-by-step photographs.

Whether you are a novice who needs more confidence, or a practised home cook, this cookery book will become your most trusted friend in the kitchen, enabling you to create winning classic dishes time and time again.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522973
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Nilsen's career has always involved food, either teaching or writing about it for books, magazines, newspapers, both in England and North America (here she was a food writer with the Vancouver Sun newspaper, Canada for 7 years). From May 1994 - July 2004, she was Food Editor of BBC Good Food Magazine, and is now a freelance writer and editor. In 2003 she was short-listed for the Glenfiddich Cookery Writer Award, and is the 2004 winner of both the Glenfiddich Cookery Writer Award and The Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Journalist of the year Award for her work in the 'Ultimate' series in BBC Good Food Magazine.

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"Angela Nilsen honestly confronts the ambiguities in recipes for 50 classic dishes and, in doing so, brings a refreshing new clarity to every one of them" (Rick Stein OBE)

"Mixing the culinary knowledge of others with the vastness of her own has helped Angela create perfect recipes between these pages. The book is not just about cooking, it also provides the right ingredients for bedtime reading, making sure you wake up hungry for more." (Gary Rhodes)

"This book is first rate and I hope it has the success it deserves. Angela describes and explains each dish so that it can be completely understood - why you do things as well as what you do. In a market crowded with cookbooks these recipes are the closest I've seen to definitive." (Shaun Hill)

"A fascinating book. Angela Nilsen goes back to the beautiful simplicity of famous classics and fine-tunes them to perfection with advice from top chefs and food writers. On the way, we get invaluable bits of information and advice" (Claudia Roden)

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50 definitive recipes for classic dishes and the stories behind them.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 Feb 2007
I love this book! There are fifty recipes which have all been tried and tested over and over by the author until she was satisfied that they could not get any better. I been trying to make decent chocolate chip cookies for years and this recipe is the best. Each time I have made something from the book it has tuned out great. I can't recommend it highly enough. I hope she writes another one.
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123 of 131 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 5 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Was very disapointed when I received this book. I wish I knew what the recipes were before I bought it. I am quite a fussy eater so most of these recipes just don't appeal to me but of course to other people, this book might be a gem. I decided to write a review and list the recipes so that people would know what they are before buying. They are as follows:

risotto primavera
fish cakes
quiche lorraine
fish pie
roast chicken
lamb biryani
thai green chicken curry
spaghetti carbonara
french omelette
scrambled eggs
macaroni cheese
greek salad
potato salad
salade nicoise
caesar salad
coronation salad
french onion soup
fish chowder
watercress soup
carrot and corriander soup
irish soda bread
white loaf
hollandaise sauce
spiced red cabbage
yorkshire puddings
roast potatoes
gratin dauphinois
hot chocolate sauce
blueberry muffins
chocolate chunk cookies
banana nut bread
chocolate cake
carrot cake
crepes suzettes
lemon tart
vanilla ice cream
creme brulee
apple pie
sticky toffee pudding
summer pudding
lemon meringue pie

I suppose it depends on your tastes as to whether this book is for you. None of these recipes are quick and easy but neither are they over complicated. For me, being able to use just a couple of the recipes was not worth the price of the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to all my friends 17 May 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I saw a recipe from this book in my Saturday newspaper magazine and gave it a go....brilliant! so I ordered the book and since then have tried most of the recipes which are so good and easy to follow. I have passed on lots of the recipes to friends who have enjoyed my cooking/baking and told them to buy the book for themselves. I'm certain no one will be sorry they bought this book and I speak as someone who has loads of cookery books, some of which turned out to be a big disappointment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fool-proof, fail-proof 30 Oct 2009
On the face of it, this book would seem to hold little interest for the experienced cook or baker as the recipes appear to be the usual tried and true recipes; the sort of recipes you can practically whip up out of your head.

In fact, it is a collection of recipes which have been refined and improved by consultation with various top-flight chefs and the author's own wealth of experience. The result is an extraordinary collection of hitherto run-of-the-mill dishes, transported into the realm of superior fare.
The chocolate cake is really amazing; the lemon meringue pie is the finest version I have ever produced and even the humble macaroni and cheese dish has been totally transformed into something special.

I have a large collection of recipe books and I would rate this as one of the most useful.
Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Nilsen chocolate cake IS the Ultimate! 7 Sep 2007
By Valan
I first came across Angela Nilsens' Ultimate series in the BBC Good Food magazines, so was very interested in this cookbook. Angela has out done herself on researching and coming up with the 'ultimate' of a lot of classic/family favourites and some more modern dishes. Using tips from top chefs and experimenting with tried and tested versions of a range of dishes, to eventually present the reader with foolproof recipes that are easy to follow and bursting with taste.

The chocolate cake alone is worth the price of the book. I made enough for 200 people for a works charity event, ever since then I have had people asking me to make them a chocolate cake on a near weekly basis...it really is the best chocolate cake ever, rich and decadent!
I'll be looking out for more of Angela's cookbooks as I know her recipes wont disappoint!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so good I bought it twice! 27 May 2009
By Lis
I have bought this book twice. Once for myself and now for my brother who lives in Australia. If you have ever wondered why you just can't make those perfect scones you see in bakeries, then this is the book for you. I have finally worked out why my scones don't rise. The scones and apple pie recipes are brilliant, everybody always wants to know where they came from. Worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 2 Nov 2008
I love this book!! Every recipe that i have tried has turned out perfectly. The lemon tart and the carrot cake are both divine and I have also recently made the banana nut loaf (which sounded rather unappealing as i'm not a huge fan of bananas) and it was delicious! The lamb biryani is fabulous and the kedgeree is a regular favourite in my house now. Every recipe has a story and the whole book makes for a great read - i regularly dip into it even if i'm not looking for a particular recipe - it definately has that feel good factor for foodies. I have bought it for my friends and they love it too. I do hope Angela writes another one soon - 50 recipes are just not enough when they are this good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Angela Nilsen is a brilliant writer. She is clear and concise and her explanations of how she got to each recipe are really interesting. Highly recommended.
Published 13 months ago by R. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars This will improve your cooking!
Most experienced cooks will have tried and tested recipes for many of the dishes in this book. However, I defy anybody not to find a recipe in here which will improve on their own... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by theimperfectcook
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Basics
Honestly, I have yet to be disappointed by anything with the BBC Good Food logo on it!

This book is no exception, although some might criticize it for the scarcity in... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Abdulla M. Al Qasim
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
The watercress soup alone is worth the price of the book! The apple pie is to die for. The red cabbage is the best I ever made. The quiche lorraine was mouthwatering! Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by Louise Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable
Wonderful, i use this to refer to all the time. It has the best chocolate cookie and flap jack recipes!
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Ms. L. E. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
Used this book over and over. Some excellent basic recipes, including a lovely choc cake and muffin recipe. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by R. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Although not a huge number of recipes, this book is fantastic. Each recipe works well and the chocolate cake really is the ultimate!
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Recipe Book (Good Food)
This should be the first book I bought not the 'nth'. It gives an excellent introduction to 50 modern classic dishes. The apple pie is just terrific. Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Just starting to cook
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