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Gordon Ramsay Chef's Secrets [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Gordon Ramsay
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2 July 2010
Gordon Ramsay's style of cooking is light, healthy, and based on the use of fine quality, fresh ingredients in prime condition. He applies his wealth of culinary knowledge and creativity to transform these ingredients into brilliant dishes that taste sublime. Just how does he do it? In Chef's Secrets Gordon Ramsay reveals all. This fascinating book is much more than a collection of superb recipes from this highly acclaimed chef. It will explain clearly many of the secrets of his techniques, knowledge and skills. The recipes are presented in a clear and easy-to-follow way, with detailed descriptions and clear photographs of Gordon's special techniques, his brilliant short cuts, and other culinary hot tips. Gordon will also, where relevant, show how a relatively straightforward recipe can be varied or embellished to take the dish onto a higher plane. For example a simple, fresh-tasting watercress soup is taken to the next level with an oyster garnish, or a poached egg. For convenient reference, recipes are arranged according to the type of food: fish, poultry and game, meat, fruit etc. There are also hints on buying, storing and preparing the prime ingredients for Gordon's classy but essentially uncomplicated recipes. As with all Gordon's books, special effort is taken to ensure that the recipes are suitable for the home cook. The unique addition of many of the prepare-ahead and time-saving techniques used in his restaurants enables the reader to plan meals with the minimum of fuss and entertain effortlessly. This fascinating cookbook is set to become a classic reference book in every kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008759
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Ramsay's radical career change at 17 years old led him to London and to fame and fortune as chef, restaurant-empire-builder and celebrity. He has earned an extraordinary 12 Michelin stars for his restaurants in London and New York.

Now a celebrated television presenter, Gordon's award-winning television series include Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word and Hell's Kitchen.

He has published many bestselling cookbooks including Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, Sunday Lunch, Fast Food, 3*** Chef, Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite and Ramsay's Best Menus - all published by Quadrille.

Gordon was appointed OBE in 2006.

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About the Author

Gordon Ramsay has earned an extraordinary 12 Michelin stars for his restaurants in London and New York. Now a celebrated television presenter, his award-winning television series include Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word and Cookalong Live. His other bestselling cookbooks - Chef for All Seasons, Gordon Ramsay's Just Desserts, Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, Sunday Lunch, 3*** Chef, Fast Food, Healthy Appetite and World Kitchen - are also published by Quadrille.

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4.0 out of 5 stars OLD BOOK - NEW COVER & TWEAKED TITLE! 14 Sep 2010
To avoid duplication, this title was previously issued as Gordon Ramsay's Secrets, in September 2003.

This is the newly published, 2010/Quadrille edition of the book which is 'tweaked' for publication some seven years+ later, e.g.:

The introduction now starts:

'It is 18 years since I opened my first restaurant with a kitchen brigade of four at the Aubergine restaurant,' opposed to the '10 years' which opens the 2003 edition, and the acknowledgements have disappeared from page 224 in the new one!

Back cover quote from 'London Evening Standard':

'A very rare thing, a book by a professional which helps cack-handed amateurs to do something more than just dream on.'

Gordon Ramsay Chef's Secrets has a less noticeable photo of our chef with a bowl of 'watercress and potato soup' adorning the dust-jacket, which covers pink hard-boards and opens up to 223 high quality, shiny pages, split over main chapters:

1. Shellfish (pg 8-25)
2. Fish (pg 26-47)
3. Poultry and Game Birds (pg 48-65)
4. Meat (pg 66-83)
5. Pasta and Rice (pg 84-103)
6. Vegetables (pg 104-137)
7. Eggs (pg 138-159)
8. Fruit (pg 160-177)
9. Flour: Breads, Pastries and Cakes (pg 178-205)
10. Stocks, Sauces and Dressings (pg 206-219)

sandwiched between an introduction and an index.

Each chapter opens with a double page spread; a picture on one, the title and a paragraph of typical GR banter on the other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious food 12 May 2011
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I'm not a huge fan of Gordon on TV as his potty mouth doesn't impress me. However, there is no doubt that the man can cook. This is my first serious cookbook and I must admit, some of the recipes are a little time consuming. I made the pork belly which took all afternoon and a part of the evening (making chicken stock from scratch) but boy was it worth it. The flavours were amazing. I also tried the tagliatelle of wild mushrooms which was tasty without being overly rich. When I win the lotto I intend to attempt the lobster salad. This is not simple cooking so if you're a Jamie Oliver fan, this may not be for you. I would highly recommend this book for dinner parties. The ingredients are not too exotic but some can be costly. The photography is fantastic and the only reason I've given this book 4 stars and not 5 is that I would have preferred more photos of the beautiful food and less of Gordon (no offence).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chef! 19 Feb 2013
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Gordon is one of my favourite chefs. This book teaches you the little things you sometimes oversee. He is brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 13 Aug 2014
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Changed the way i cook - love this book - fully intend to make around 80% of these recipes.
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