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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007353103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007353101
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.4 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,286 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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“Gordon unveils his hottest recipes ever […] forget those takeaways”
The Times Weekend

“The 100 recipes are for curious entry-level cooks as well as experienced hands on the lookout for unusual spice combos, as Ramsay has gone beyond the curry house in his search for authentic recipes […] recipes are properly tested, the instructions clear and the photography is a visual feast”
Time Out****

“Delectable”
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About the Author

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. Gordon has published nine bestselling recipe books, a hugely successful autobiography and has starred in a stream of successful television series including the award-winning Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen and The F Word. He was appointed OBE in 2006.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 6 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
...the subtitle adequately sums up GR's chunky new book, published to coincide with the TV programme of the same name:

Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape.

But, in reality, it is far more.
With raised lettering to the D/J's main title, a relaxed and still rugged GR adorns the front cover, sharing his enthusiasm for India - its food and its life.

'...My own love affair with Indian food started when my mother made me my first curry as a child.
Granted, Mum's inauthentic curries were nothing like what we're used to today - hers were mostly flavoured with curry powder with the occasional handful of sultanas thrown in - but to us the flavours seemed exotic and mesmerising and I was hooked. Since I left home and started working, Friday night curries have become a ritual. Like most people, I have had favourite dishes, which I would order time and time again, but overall I felt pretty comfortable with the food and thought that I knew quite a bit about Indian cuisine.
How wrong I was!..........

...When the opportunity came for a culinary adventure in India, the choice was simple. This was the chance of a lifetime to escape from the grind of daily life and discover the truth about Indian cuisine....'

From the d/j inner flap:

'.......to experience for himself the stunning diversity of this extraordinary country's culinary traditions......Gordon immersed himself in all that India has to offer, tasting his way from region to region.....
Throughout this epic trip, GR cooked with some of India's most accomplished chefs, acquiring and refining new cooking techniques with a staggering variety of ingredients.........'

The use of the adjective 'staggering' is certainly not understated!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Traditionalists and purists of Indian food may scoff and sniff at this, but three-star Michelin chef Gordon Ramsay has put his immense talents to learning and translating the basics of Indian cookery whilst, at the same time, putting his own style and making the dishes easy for the home cook to prepare and enjoy.

This book is a "spin off" to a British television series that saw Ramsay travel around India, learning from some of the country's top chefs and regular street-food cooks alike what real Indian food is. What people think of Indian food can often be a pale imitation of the real authentic dish or, as in many cases, the dishes one enjoys at home are not even known of in the country of their alleged birth.

There is no standard Indian fare as each region has a wide-range of specialities, delicacies and signature dishes. Where commonality can be found there will still be regional influences based on practical and historical reasons. Here Ramsay gets to learn about what makes many of these dishes tick, whether it be taste, visual appearance, nature of ingredients or even a cultural difference.

Many cookery books featuring Indian food often manage to confuse the less-experienced reader by over-complicating matters or becoming intimidating through their desire to be authentic. Ramsay, whilst trying to keep the food true to its roots, acknowledges and accepts some practical differences - not everybody will have access to all of the cooking implements and fresh ingredients that would be desirable yet with a slight compromise and the use of ingredients that are increasingly-available in larger supermarkets around the world you will still get a dish that could be fit for a King, a Maharajah or a good family get together.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mrs turabi on 4 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Being of pakistani origin and use to cooking traditional spicy food, I was a bit dubious about buying a Gordon Ramsay book with indian recipes. However the recipes are authentic and the few dishes I have made in the last week since i got the book have been really successful. Even my mum (who incidently is an excellent cook) had a browse through my book and decided to buy a copy too. I love the fact there are no pretentious east meets west recipes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Pell on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my FAVOURITE cookery books of all time. Every recipe works so well, but also tastes so good.It has given me the confidence to try recipes I wouldn't ever have contemplated and Indian food has now become a staple part of our diet.
Monkfish moilee - the first fish curry I have ever done.
Chicken palak - what a good use of spinach
Chicken badami - mild and delicious
Chicken biryani - the best! Beautiful flavours really work together ( lovely rice)
Jeera rice superb with egg curry. ( Never thought and egg curry would taste so good)
Now buy spices in larger quantities to keep up!
Thank you, Gordon!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Contributor77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Now I was going to give this a one star rating but let's face it the food in this book when cooked is edible, I do however question as to who proof read it or maybe I should go a step further and question if the recipes are actually from Gordon's travels?

I have cooked 8 different recipes and none of them actually wowed me, I have been cooking Indian and thai food for many years and the only reason I bought the book was because I saw the episode where gordon went to the Naga region, having grown some Naga chillies this last year figured it'd be nice to try an authentic recipe which the TV episode looked to promise - biggest surprise is that the recipe isn;t even in the book!

When I say I question the proof reading or authenticity of the book I ask you to look at the recipe for Cauliflower Tandoori, the ingredients listed for this make the coating a beige kind of colour and even when cooked don't really colour at all, the images in the book are a very dark brown / tandoori colour, very much a disconnect between the recipes and the photography.

It's not the worst book out on Indian food, if you wish to have some great Indian repertoire then I'd have a look for some Das Sreedharan or Pat Chapman, these are two very different style of cooks but both deliver amazing food from their published efforts!
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