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Hugh's Three Good Things [Hardcover]

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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Book Description

30 Aug 2012

How often have you wished there was a magic formula to simplify cooking? Well, there is. Put three good things together on a plate and, somehow, the whole is always greater and more delicious than the sum of its parts. Looking back over nearly two decades of professional cookery, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has worked out the combinations that make magic. Salty, sweet, crunchy. Sharp, rich, crumbly. Hot, bland, crisp. Think scones with jam and cream, fish and chips with mushy peas, or porridge with golden syrup and cream.

Hugh has used the formula of three to create more than 175 recipes, both well-loved classics and brand new ideas, based on trios like squash, ricotta and ham; aubergine, tomatoes and chickpeas; clams, tomatoes and garlic; chicken, tomatoes and tarragon; pork, potatoes and apples; pasta, courgettes and mozzarella; strawberries, cream and shortbread; and chocolate, ginger and digestives ... The list goes on.

With sumptuous photography from Simon Wheeler, this book will unlock a whole new world of fantastic food. Three Good Things. It really is that simple.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408828588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408828588
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. His series for Channel 4 have earned him a huge popular following, while his River Cottage books have collected multiple awards including the Glenfiddich Trophy (twice), the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year (three times), the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food award at the Guild of Food Writers and, in the US, the James Beard Cookbook of the Year. Hugh lives in Devon with his family.

(Photo credit: Tom Beard)

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Does exactly what it says on the tin and its beauty is in its simplicity (Top Forty Books of the Year The Times)

The recipes in Three Good Things make me look like a much more accompllished chef than I really am. At a recent barbeque I made three of these simple but exquisite flavour combinations to serve as accompaniments. The compliments rained down (Books of the Year Guardian)

One for your bookshelf ... these food matches are meant to be (BBC Good Food Magazine)

Deliciously simple (The Lady)

I WANT... (Sun)

Stand-alone ingredients that look as good as they taste (Elisabeth Luard Scotsman)

Never over-complicate a meal again with Hugh's brilliant lesson in what makes a decent dish (Independent)

Tonnes of creative ideas (Food & Wine Magazine 2013-04-01)

Book Description

To tie in with the 25-part Channel 4 TV series: recipes that put three good things together on a plate

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154 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sequel to 'Veg' 1 Sep 2012
By Self-help junkie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Do I need another cook book? Like a hole in the kitchen shelf is groaning under the weight of my collection of books. Who cares?! I love 'em and get much pleasure simply from reading a well written and well presented cookery book. My partner enjoys crime novels, I like cook books!
This new HFW book doesn't disappoint. I love the Veg Evey Day book, and this is very much in that style. Beautiful to hold and read - superb colour photographs that just make you want to head straight into the kitchen and get going! And there are some fabulous recipes here that I just can't wait to try: tonight I'm making the chicken, plums and soy (looks amazing), and because I'm off to Sidmouth on holiday soon I'll be trying the crab, mayo and bread too. Other combos that look worthy of an early attempt include: mushroom, scone and sour cream; coconut, chilli and squash; mackerel, orange and celery; meringue, coffee and black currants. All look wonderful, all are simple, and many will be tried and tasted!
So if you, like me, really don't need another cookbook, who cares?! Dive in and buy this one - I'm sure you really won't regret it! (sound of splintering wood from kitchen as the shelf finally gives way!!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 31 Oct 2012
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Great book the receipes are so simple and you dont have to go out and buy a list of ingredients you dont have. I love his style of cooking not pretencious.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Concept ..... 4 Sep 2012
..... and a refreshing change from all those complicated cookbooks with recipe lists as long as your arm, including ingredients which are sometimes almost impossible to source.
Certainly the guest chefs on the BBC's "Saturday Kitchen" could learn a thing or two from HF-W in this regard.
Good to see that Amazon have clipped the price of this book since its publication from 16 to 14.75. Unfortunately it is still 18% more expensive than Sainsbury's delivered online price of 12.49. The days when Amazon could be relied upon to offer unbeatable value appear to be over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's Three Good Things 28 Oct 2012
By Grandma
Even better than I expected with good combinations of usually straight-forward ingredients. Good to sit and read and good to use in the kitchen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for a friend 23 Oct 2012
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I had a special request from my friend, who now lives in France, to get her this book for Christmas, seeing as I had bought her the 'veggie' one for last Christmas. She calls this book her 'veggie cookery bible' and I am sure she will be delighted with this one too.

This came very well packaged and on time as always. Also the price was an excellent bargain. Well done Amazon once again.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... but Not Really Practical 13 Oct 2012
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I'm going to buck the trend here and say that I actually didn't enjoy this cookbook. I am to this day still using Veg and a couple other of Hugh's cookbooks, but this one didn't hit the mark for me. I appreciate the idea behind it and find the foody experiment interesting, but compared to his previous works this cookbook just didn't seem practical to me. Very little of it seemed like a meal, more nibbles or a quick plate of something to munch on. Overall, there were maybe 5 recipes I'd have wanted to actually take the time to 'cook', versus just thinking "Oh that looks like an interesting combination." So, yeah, ultimately I returned it and got another book... It's interesting, but it's just not for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all 15 May 2013
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I initially came across this book, when a friend cooked a dish from it, and I loved it immediately. Each dish has the ingredients and the recipe steps on the left hand page, and a good photo of the dish on the right hand page. Instructions are clear and the results stunning. There are some lovely combinations of flavours and ingredients, and it's also a good book for inspiration. The idea - 3 good things on a plate - is very simple, but the dishes are full of flavour. It's an easy read and well set out into different sections. I would recommend this to all cooks!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's done it again 18 Sep 2012
By Sensible Cat VINE VOICE
I'll admit that I was a bit cynical about this book - how could HFW repeat the success of his last two "Everyday" books without starting to repeat himself? And he does, but only a couple of times. Generally, it's more of the same creative, practical flair - good, straightforward natural ingredients put together in brilliant combinations. It's another winner - he really does get better and better.

I use "River Cottage Veg" on an almost daily basis and this one will be the same, I'm sure. He really does put healthy, natural food within anyone's reach. You can throw together some of his pasta recipes, for example, in less time than it would take to pick a ready meal and bung it in the microwave. And, while every recipe is based on a winning flavour combo, he always suggests alternative, so if you have a veg plot it's easy to come up with something quick and simple that will use up the latest crop.

There's some great ideas for snacks, salads and soups here - so no excuse for expensive ready-made sandwiches! Meat and fish sections are also excellent, with storecupboard meals represented alongside feasts requiring daily trips to the shops. And finally, there are lots of yummy puddings.

So go for it - Hugh has pulled it off again and this one is really worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really use it!
One of the best cook books ever written. I use it at least 3 times every week. Simple recipes, simple ingredients rather than only Londoners being able to purchase them, speedy... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Mrs S Manborde
5.0 out of 5 stars Three good about yes, please and thank you
I am a big fan of Hugh and love the concept behind this, similar to 5 Ingredients....but less!. This doesnt mean that all the ingredient lists are tiny but I adore the fact it is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lizards in Leotards
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Man - Top Book
Three good things, and that's just his name!

A simple premiss for a cookbook but one with with great recipes and flavours.
Published 13 days ago by Dillonphoto
4.0 out of 5 stars quality
I like a lot this book and I am using great ideas to combine simply three ingredients.

It's pity that Amazon UK delivered it with damage cover and charged for it full... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna Sztorc
4.0 out of 5 stars great!!!
I bought this for a friend who has everything and wants nothing (You know the type), anyway I then chose a page, 160, and bought him the three ingredients for that dish!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda H
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
I have quite a few of HFW cookery books and had flicked through this one in a bookshop, but for some reason it just didn't capture my attention like the rest of his books did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Christie
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Bought 2nd hand copy and it is in excellent condition. Have not tried the recipes but am looking forward to cooking some of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Jakob
5.0 out of 5 stars First cook book I have actually used
Been using this for past seven weeks. We have enjoyed every meal cooked from this book and tried loads of food combinations I would not have thought of. Read more
Published 1 month ago by alan mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars good cookery
in this day and age with money being tight for many people, it is a great find of a book that does not go into expensive rigmaroles to produce a meal
Published 1 month ago by coffeecast
4.0 out of 5 stars Great photography and makes me hungry!
Very simple yet inspiring recipes. Quirky little drawings and some original recipes make this another great addition to the hugh fearnley whittingstall book collection
Published 2 months ago by komalmononoke
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