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The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain [Hardcover]

Si King , Dave Myers
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7 Sep 2009

With their irrepressible enthusiasm for great food, Si King and Dave Myers AKA the Hairy Bikers travel the length and breadth of Britain to discover our finest traditional foods.

Touring the counties of Britain on their trusty triumphs, Si and Dave celebrate local recipes and chefs from the villages and towns they explore. Creating delicious meals from local produce they inspire with their bubbling enthusiasm. Find out where the best sausages are made, why Ludlow has become the foody Mecca of the Shires and discover the century-old recipe for gingerbread with a hint of rum and port.

Si and Dave are self-confessed life-long foodies. They celebrate each ingredient and create delicious dishes while providing some laughs along the way.

THE HAIRY BIKERS' FOOD TOUR OF BRITAIN puts the passion back into cooking and inspires readers to eat the best of British.

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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297859749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859741
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eat, cook and enjoy the best of our counties' traditional food with the Hairy Bikers Great Food Tour of Britain...

About the Author

Si King hails from North East England and is a big, blond-bearded biker with an infectious laugh. His love of food was established at a young age when his father bought exotic ingredients back from his Royal Navy voyages. Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while travelling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes and Simon, Dave's travelling companion and the other half of the hairy bikers.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairy Bikers 17 Sep 2009
Bought the book because I loved the TV series. Excellent set of recipes. Very easy to follow and made me try out some new stuff. Love the way it encourages you to use British products. Contains both the recipes the boys cook plus the professional chef recipes. Would make a lovely present.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plaudits 21 Oct 2009
This book is both informative and entertaining. Recommended as an ideal Christmas Present for all.

The research and travel that was necessary for the production of the book must have been endless and, at times, frustrating. The Hairy Bikers give good insight into the counties that they visit, and make you want to visit them. If you want a good night out at a good restaurant in any given area then this is the book for you.

it is also recommended that you arrange to view the TV series. The cheery disposition of the bikers, and their great cookery knowledge, can readily be seen.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 17 Sep 2009
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am really enjoying this book. I have enjoyed the series and the book is a
perfect reflection of the tv episodes.

This is a well produced and glossy book with lots of photographs (including
one for each recipe, always invaluable) and clear text. The recipes include
both those made by the Hairy Bikers and by the chefs that they visited on
their travels. The Recipes are well laid out and easy to follow. The book is
organized by area, alphabetically, and there's a small map of the UK to show
where each area actually is geographically.

Each chapter is introduced with a swift lok at the area visited, with
various producers mentioned by name. At the end of the book there is a list
of producers and suppliers (telephone / web) followed by an Index which is
organized principally by ingredients (e.g. to find a recipe for trout look
under "fish").

The recipes are very varied, which is excellent. There's a good mix of meat
and seafood, with lots of sauces and vegetable accompaniments. Some of the
recipes, like Kevin Viner's Fillet of Monkfish in Cornish Wine with Pickled
Celeriac and Cucumber are delicate, finely dressed and very modern, whilst
others, like the bikers' steak and kidney pudding, are solid, full-flavoured
and traditional. That's a nice balance.

I have two small reservations, both of which echo the tv series.
- Many of the ingredients are difficult to source
- Many of the combinations delivered on the plate are far too extreme

The first of these is impossible to criticise in any meaningful way because
the whole point of the series was to visit different areas and use the
ingredients local to those places.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used Regularly 18 Oct 2009
I think the best way to judge the contents of a recipe book is to see how often it gets used. I own many books from various Chefs but none receive the attention this one does. The recipes are delicious, straightforward to cook, easily tweaked if you prefer a different ingredient and offer good home cooking. I especially recommend the Lobsgows; the Beef & Stilton Pie and the Somerset Chicken. 10/10 food goodness from the Bikers.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but sadly not a great book... 16 Oct 2009
Unfortunately the Orion team didn't bring a great book together. This is a real shame as it could have been one of the stand-out cookery books of the year.

I think the Hairy Bikers are great, loved the TV show etc etc etc...


There are mistakes throughout the book, and they really should have been picked up before release
(and before I bought it! lol)

For example Rupert Rowleys slow cooked lamb: the recipe totally omits the pressed shoulder of lamb - although it helpfully tells you how to make the oatcake crust which should top it!

You can see the 2nd cut of lamb in the background of the picture but the shallow depth of field makes it impossible to easily identify the cut or method used to cook/prepare without having seen the series.

It kinda looks like they dropped bits & pieces to make room for photos which will only serve to frustrate when you wonder why there's a mismatch or what went wrong when you come to assemble the dish.

Anyways, it's a good book but not great and doesn't reflect well on the Bikers.

Hopefully either Orion or the Bikers will correct the errors and make the corrections/omissions or the actual full recipe available to print from a website.

If you have the series recorded on your Sky+ box - don't delete the episodes with meals you want to try before you double check and make notes of any differences/omissions.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Countyfare al a Hairy Bikers 22 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As I type I've just received within the hour the book of the progs being shown on BBC2 now (Set 09) and this book follows what the progs are all about showcasing recipes unique to various parts of Britain.
The shows themselves show the boys cooking up a local dish or two unique to the county as a whole or part therein...then theres a cook-off between them and a local Chef...Recipes of both that Chef and their own version of local dishes are found...
Dave & Si bring about in these shows the reality that we really like our traditional grub and glug and that were not all abounding down the road for fast food takeaways...more and more people are shown to be interested in how their food is cooked and also admitting that they also cook many dishes both from local produce as well as produce from elsewhere...
Now I've got the book...I'll be looking for the release of the DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I think this is a great book but out of my depth in terms of ...
I think this is a great book but out of my depth in terms of cooking for 6 of us in the home. I love their books and have the others but this one, just a bit ambitious for during... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hairy Bikers Tour of Britain.
A superb book of recipes. Price was on the button and delivery as stated. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Richard F. Whitehouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by brigid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book, love the recipes, straightforward. Would recommend anyone to purchase this book. It is for all ages. Another good Hairy Biker book.
Published 3 months ago by Ann Crowther
4.0 out of 5 stars Spicy stuff!
Another excellent book by Si and Dave that demonstrates their love of good food and the way it is produced. If you haven't watched the TV shows then do so. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Swifty
4.0 out of 5 stars hairy bikers book
as with all hairy bikers books theres a good range of recipes and matched up to tv series good book
Published 5 months ago by Sue Staniland
4.0 out of 5 stars I could watch them all day on telly they realy can cook.
I have not had a chance to cook many recipes as yet I think they just get better and better!
Published 5 months ago by Janice Game
3.0 out of 5 stars Biker boys!M
Book not as good as others I have,not a bad read,just recipes are not everyday cooking! Top service from seller,good condition and as described,will certainly use again!
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and usefull book
It contains nice and well-explained recipes of all the meals in their TV-show "The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain". Read more
Published 8 months ago by kennyweijenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Bought as a Christmas present to add to the collection of their books.The recipes are easy and concise but varied.
Published 8 months ago by Mr David Salmon
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