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Gordon's Great Escape Southeast Asia: 100 of my favourite Southeast Asian recipes [Hardcover]

Gordon Ramsay
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12 May 2011

On the second leg of his Great Escapes series, Gordon Ramsay sets out to discover the flavours of Asia, on a remarkable journey that leads him through Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. 100 new recipes are inspired by the tastes and experiences he encounters along the way.

In this book to accompany the TV series, stunning photography and Gordon's inspirational travel stories combine to depict a richly-textured portrait of a continent. With breathtaking landscapes as his backdrop, Gordon is welcomed into local communities and shown the age-old traditions and secrets that underpin their native dishes. He meets characters with fascinating lives, shares delicious meals in beautiful surroundings, and is invited to take part in the customs and rituals of the land – venturing into paddy fields to observe the rice worship, accompanying huntsmen on their quest for frogs and honey, navigating the inky night-time ocean for moonlit fishing, and cooking up a feast in a colossal Malay temple.

Gordon has devised over 100 new recipes to showcase the very essence of these cultures and cuisines. There are unique tastes and styles from across the region, with a wealth of enticing ingredients: from tangy limes and the earthy scent of sesame oil, to floral jasmine and lush green banana leaves. Don't let unfamiliar recipe names put you off – Tom Yam Goong Nam Khon is a divine hot and sour prawn soup, Ngah Poh Kai Fan a slow-cooked clay-pot chicken and Karipap the Malay answer to a Cornish pastie.

And there are recipes that even wary cooks will recognise – Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, Red and Green Curries – though look closer and each recipe has something extra, an authenticity that comes from taking the time to understand the origins of the dish. Gordon proves that the real thing is easy to replicate at home, whether its a single spice that makes all the difference, marinating a cut of meat for 12 unhurried hours, or being brave enough to try a key new ingredient such as kaffir lime leaves or lemongrass (readily available in supermarkets but often overlooked).

Let Gordon open your eyes with his vivid portrayal of a magnificent continent, and enjoy some of the very greatest Asian dishes in your own kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267040
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 19.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,218 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 launched a string of internationally celebrated restaurants in London with ten Michelin stars between them, and has restaurants in Dubai, Tokyo, New York and Florida, with more planned.

The author of numerous bestselling cookery books and two autobiographies, Humble Pie and Playing with Fire, Gordon is one of the biggest television personalities in the UK with his hit shows, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen and The F Word.

He was awarded an OBE in 2006.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy recipes and delicious results! 2 Jun 2011
By Miss K
We've only had this book for a week but we've already cooked four meals! The recipes are really simple to follow and the food is just delicious. Although the recipes sometimes call for more unusual ingredients, you can get most things at the local supermarket and/or grocers, and Gordon sometimes suggests alternative ingredients.

Would highly recommend this book to everyone - even if you've never tried Southeast Asian food before, you're sure to find something in here that you like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great cookery 28 April 2012
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Despite the series having received a lot of poor press, I really loved it, as it showed a humble and human side of Ramsay, bringing him to his knees in front of peasants.
The two books accompany each of the series, are beautifully presented, and filled with recipes which Ramsay has adapted. What I mean is that they are not Gordon Ramsay's own recipes, but rather his adaptations of the traditional recipes which he acquired whilst on his travels. The books are both beautifully presented hardcover volumes, illustrated with photographs and stories, but also full of well presented recipes from the far east. Regardless of your views on the series, Gordon's Great Escape books are fantastic value for money when it comes to recipe books, and the recipes presented seem to be of a rare and authentic nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You might even like Gordon 3 May 2012
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay is on his travels again, this time visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam for a British television series. In the series and this companion book Ramsay examines traditional local dishes from each country before making his own interpretations that pays homage to the authentic whilst being rounded towards western tastes.

As one might expect this is a book full of photographs of food, local scenery and, of course, a few of the "Great Man" himself in action. The book starts by giving a brief overview of the countries visited and then it is straight in with the recipes.

Recipes are split not by country but by category, namely snacks/appetisers, salads, soups, stir-fries, curries, fish, meat, deserts/drinks and the basics. Other than a little scene-setter to each recipe there is not a lot of chat or background information thereafter - for that "colour material" you may need to watch the television series - but one is treated to a lot of colourful background images that would not look out of place in a tourist book.

Each recipe seems relatively simple to follow. Ingredients are set in a separate sidebar but strangely there is no typical cooking and preparation time stated in a stand-out element. When one is browsing for inspiration such things are useful to get a quick handle as to whether you have the time to even consider making it.

Browsing the book one finds many recipes that look interesting and tempting so it is likely that should you like Asian food you will be inspired to try many items for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 28 April 2012
my wife is from southeast asia, and when we travel there we love the cusine, shes a great cook and although has loads of cook books seldom used any till now,we both agree gorden has improved all the recipes he found, actually prefer his currys to bangkok and hua hin area, and far far superior to most thai restuarants in uk,well done gorden.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Might be good, but not the real deal 29 July 2011
By Lady P
I felt I should write a review of this book even though I have not cooked any of the recipes. They may be great but after watching the television programme and looking through the book I have to comment that most of the recipes are not genuine, they are Gordon's westernised equivalents. Which is fine, but if you are wanting to sample genuine Southeast Asian cuisine its worth knowing.

I also feel that the book doesn't give much information on where recipes are from, even though they are loose interpretations, it would useful to know where the inspiration came from.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 July 2011
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A really good book I am so pleased to have bought it. No F words either. Can't wait to try some more recipes, the ones that I have done so far have been excellent. A good sequel to Great Escapes. Well done Gordon and you had a great holiday out of it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 11 Jan 2014
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I have bought this book twice, as gifts for keen cooks, and they love it too. It is packed full with great recipes that you will make over and over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of holiday evoked 11 Aug 2013
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Good clear instructions with illustrations. Not just a cookbook but interesting snippets of country information.Will enjoy choosing what to cook
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nicely illustrated
Beautiful book with lots of interesting recipes. My only problem is most recipes have lots of ingredients and so will be expensive to produce. Read more
Published 11 months ago by redlinda
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
Gordon's take on Asian food is just fab! I've been to Asia and recognise many of his mouth watering recipes! No complaints from me and the book arrived very quickly! Read more
Published 12 months ago by miss J E Rutland
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Haven't had time to cook much from it yet but love Asian food and am looking forward to making these recipes
Published 16 months ago by Archiepea
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what was wanted
Ordered on instructions from our son who already has 20 cookery books, but this one filled a gap in his "library".
Published 18 months ago by PatB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and value for money
The product is good. It arrived in good time.The price was very reasonable. I like it and would recommend .
Published 18 months ago by pruseider
2.0 out of 5 stars I am Malaysian... I can identify quite a lot of errors in this book.
Dear Gordon,
Please check your facts before you publish. Lor Bak is not a Malay sausage. Malays are Muslim and they do not eat pork. "Lobak" is carrot in Malay. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Loo
4.0 out of 5 stars delicious recipes, but can have long prep times
bought this book as i was looking for asian style dishes. i have tried many of the recipes from this book so far and i must say that i am not disappointed. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Katharina Danielski
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon's Great Escape Southeast Asia: 100 of my favourite Southeast...
A typical Ramsey book,short, sharp and to the point. He ventures a little into the travelouge style made famous by Floyd, but should keep the balance as is.
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Mr. William A. Flack
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