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Gourmet Food for a Fiver [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jason Atherton
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16 April 2010
Fed up with the credit crunch and doing everything on the cheap? Longing to have a really good meal out but can't afford it? Well here's a book to brighten up your evenings and give you some of the delicious gourmet food you've been missing - and all for less than GBP5 a head for a two-course meal! Jason Atherton, Michelin-starred chef and proprietor of Maze, brings inexpensive, accessible gourmet food into the home kitchen. His creative style and mastery of unique flavours makes his cooking exciting, delicious and highly original. In Gourmet Food for a Fiver, he shows how to create mouthwatering meals within a tight budget at home. Prepared from seasonal ingredients in their prime, the recipes are enticing, fun to make and delectable to eat - perfect for entertaining friends and family or for a glamorous night in. Based on the idea of a two-course meal - one savoury and one sweet - there are more than 80 recipes to choose from. The savoury recipes - veg, fish and meat - are designed to be flexible and many of them can be served either as a starter or main dish. The delectable collection of desserts features fruits from all seasons and includes irresistible chocolate concoctions. Jason also shows how to plate up every dish to make it look restaurant perfect. With its smart, modern design and contemporary photography, Gourmet Food for a Fiver will certainly put some fun back into our cash-strapped lives.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008162
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tight budget? You can still entertain the finest foodie with Jason Atehron's mix and match frugal recipes. --Sainsbury's Magazine

A new book that combines his flair for show stopping flavour combinations...his style of cooking is unashamedly high-end. --The Times

Atherton's plating suggestions for each dish will ensure that the results look suitably haute. --Square Meal Lifestyle

About the Author

Jason Atherton is head chef at the restaurant Maze, in London's Grosvenor Square, and is widely recognized as one of the most innovative chefs working in London today. His success is a culmination of his immense talent and broad experience: he was the first British chef to complete a stage under Ferran Adria at Spain's renowned El Bulli and has worked under many famous chefs, including Pierre Koffman, Nico Ladenis, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay. Since it opened in 2005, Maze has won an impressive number of awards, including a Michelin star and Time Out's Best New Restaurant award within the first 6 months. In April 2007, it was named Best Breakthrough Restaurant at the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards. The Maze concept has been rolled out to New York, Qatar, Cape Town and Melbourne. Jason broadcasts and features in magazines and newspapers, and demonstrates regularly at food shows. He has appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, C4's Market Kitchen and in 2008 had an impressive winning slot on BBC2's Great British Menu. Jason's first book, Maze: the Cookbook, has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. Author Location: London

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gourmet creativity 9 May 2010
This book landed in my kitchen after I was accused of reading 'basic' cooking magazines! To try my hand at something a bit more advanced, this book certainly offers quite challenging recipes but interesting as well, with inspiring combinations. I love the photography and the format, although I found it a little hard at first to find my way between types of food/courses.
Some recipes use quite hard to find ingredients (not your usual cupboard staple, such as japanese breadcrumbs or liquid glucose) or for example, require an ice cream maker (which not every one has).
I do like the amount of fish recipes which mainly use sustainable fish such as pollack and mackerel and the huge creativity in all dishes. There is so much to choose from, and the photos are very good.
I have so far tried only one dish, the braised lamb with celeriac pure. It was very enjoyable with good contrast between the sweet creaminess of the celeriac, the sharpness of the peas and broadbeans, the braised meat and the sauce reduction. It did take me however a good three hours to cook the whole dish, with timings 'met' just because i decided to go ahead with some of the cooking. I think it would be really helpful in these recipes to give an indication of the time it takes to finish each dish and the difficulty level, which personally i find a great help when planning a meal.
Im looking forward to try some more dishes!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book with gorgeous delicious recipes 28 April 2010
I have cooked 2 dinners from this book thus far, and the recipes are amazing. Not too hard either, little chef touches are fun and make the dishes really pretty. Delicious and well worth the lean price tag. 80 recipes from Jason Atherton... a bargain. beautiful photography as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, recipes that work and look nice 25 May 2010
Got this book as a present from my hubby, as I am a Jason Atherton fan. I made the stuffed mackerel and it was a fabulous way to serve mackerel. I made the lemon posset as well, and it was so easy and totally wowed my friends. If you don't have this book in your collection, get it now. I will be happily cooking my way through it. It is a must have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what the title says 8 Nov 2010
A fantastic cookbook at a bargain price, just like the recipes inside! Jason Atherton has created a cookbook full of interesting recipes, while keeping in mind that it is nice to be able to make dinner for several people without going broke. The best part is that none of the recipes seems cheap - I would be delighted to be served the dishes in the book (and to serve them myself to my friends). He still calls for good quality ingredients, he just thinks about what types of seafood are less costly (such as sardines and mackerel) rather than throwing expensive things into a dish just for the sake of it.
I've already seen several things in the book that I want to make immediately, and it has given me a lot of good ideas for interesting flavour combinations. The cooking techniques are all relatively straightforward, so this would make a lovely gift for amateur cooks (no fancy cheffery needed to complete a special meal!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow great recipes 20 Nov 2012
By DavyP
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What a very interesting book. It has everything you would want from a cookery book that is giving realistic options for a normal home menu. Also if you want something different for a special meal this is the cookery book for you. The best thing I think is that each recipe has it's own colour plate so you know exactly how to present the dish. Well done Jason, a good book for the ordinary cook to do something different easily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chef on top of his game 19 Mar 2011
Since leaving Gordon Ramsey Holdings, Jason Atherton has kept himself busy with television appearances and the opening of his Pollen Street Social restaurant (opens to the public on 18th April).

This latest cookbook Gourmet Food for a Fiver - following on from Maze: the cookbook (2008) - seems to structure the current textbook trend of promoting seasonal produce and recipes. Then there's the crunch and financial focus so it's all done on a budget (`for a fiver'), often creeping a little over.

There is an Asian-influenced undertone from Atherton's time spent in Asia and Dubai, but more to do with his appreciation and understanding of worldly ingredients. Atherton was the first British chef to work under Ferran Adrià at elBulli (an apprenticeship to make any chef clench their fists with jealousy). He has created the international Maze restaurant brand by setting up stations in Cape Town, New York, Doha, Melbourne, and Prague and worldly influences creep into his recipes.

There is a creative style produced using accessible ingredients, many of the recipes appearing flexible, served as either a starter or main dish. Some unusual combinations make for playful meals, such as his `nod to time spent in Alsace' with cod with bacon and beer (pg. 80), and peanut butter parfait with jam (pg. 152), based on a signature dish at Maze (that I've had, and loved).

This is a clever introduction to stylish food, Michelin standard for your kitchen - on a budget. Atherton is inventive, eclectic and very current and these simple recipes are proof that he's a chef on top of his game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good cook book 13 Mar 2014
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The book is really very good. I usually use about two or three max recipes from Cook books, however this is different. I've used loads and they have all been bob on. This is not a book for beginners, as you have to be reasonably accomplished in the kitchen to carry out the skills required. The results are excellent. Dinner party guests have been bowled over by the results. The under a fiver element is a little misleading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tasty easy recipes
Published 14 days ago by Book club
3.0 out of 5 stars Its good book for the price of the money and the ...
Its good book for the price of the money and the recipes are good as well.


Published 26 days ago by Mayazekulua Kodia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes, Misleading title!!
This is a great cookery book. Most of the recipes are easy to follow and look great.


All but a very few actually cost a fiver to make. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. N. King
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
This book has some amazing recipes, ranging from very basic to quite challenging but all very inspiring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by helena
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
the packaging was in good conditions. the book arrived on time and in perfect state. I'm very satisfied, nothing more to say.
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by jorge costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Gourmet food for a fiver
Great little book from a seriously talented chef but written and photographed in a beautifully simple way. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by Mr. Andrew Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
This book is awesome! The recipes are very easy to follow and they taste great! The pictures are clear and give you ideas to springboard from. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by J. Dahl
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'm a bit disapointed. The tittle is not entirely accurate.

Gourmet food for a fiver actually costs over 7 pounds. :-)
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by nickle
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap food???
I like this chef but I am a bit disappointed with the recipe book. Not exactly what I expected from Jason Atherton. Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by S. Innes
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