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Jane Grigson's Fish Book (Penguin Cookery Library) [Paperback]

Caroline Waldegrave , Jane Grigson , Yvonne Skargon
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3 Nov 1994 Penguin Cookery Library
A much-revised version of "Fish Cookery", published in 1973, this is a cookery book by the award-winning author of "The Vegetable Book" and "The Fruit Book".

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (3 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014046929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469295
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What to do with cod 7 Jan 2000
By A Customer
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This is a wonderful book, scholarly, beautifully written yet full of practical recipes. Her writing shows up so much cookery writing as desperately pedestrian just go and read some terrible delia after this. The recipes even if they look strange can always be trusted she really did know what she was doing just try the scallops with gin. Every time you buy fish you'll look the individual fish up in this book and think which recipe shall i do ? Buy it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best fish cookery book 3 Nov 2007
Ignore the "it's too stuffy" comment about this book--it really is a wonderful, intelligent and practical book. With this and Alan Davidson's terrific book on North Atlantic seafood, you don't need much if any more.

And yes, herbs do play an important part in the recipes--it's just not nuovo Italiano of the Jamie Oliver school.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but challenging. 7 Aug 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
A word of warning; this is a bible-fat encyclopaedia of a book, and the Penguin edition really isn't up to the job; neither legible enough nor robust enough for the kind of use this book will get. I regret not going for a second-hand hardback instead; at nearly 600 pages, you want decent sized type and a solid binding which will lie flat on the table. I have since traded in my Penguin edition.

Though this is a treasurehouse of things to do with fish, it is a flawed masterpiece. It is wittily written, packed with anecdote and background, and will appeal best to the kind of cook who wants to know the theory and experience which lie behind the recipe. Some of the information is rattled through at a fair pace with little allowance made for the novice; in fact this is, all in all, a book for the dedicated and knowledgeable cook. There are no pictures and the recipes assume a certain level of competence - an introductory chapter does take you through the whole business of court-bouillons, beurre manie and clarified butter, as well as a selection of essential sauces. In places some diagrams would be really helpful, and today we would have them, but this is 1973 and it is assumed we can manage without them

The arrangement is a little confusing. Fish are listed alphabetically, and recipes, discussion and good advice for each dish assembled under major headings for the most important fish. But some fish fall naturally into groups, so sole, dab and plaice share a chapter. Recipes for saltfish come in a chapter headed "Cod, ling, coley, pollock, pollack etc"; quite a bunch. Cross-references are inserted at the end of major chapters, so at the end of the chapter on crabs, and before the one on eels, there are cross-references not only to dabs, but to crawfish, croakers and drums (!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fish Book by J Grigson 20 Oct 2013
By nigel
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This covers preparing and cooking just about every fish and is thus rare. My only other recollection is a River Cottage publication which too is useful too and represents one of their better efforts.The writing by Grigson is as always excellent making it a good read too rather than just for reference.It does however cover this role as well and the book is easy to use and limited to what you need but with useful insights into the subject matter.

It should be on the bookshelf in the kitchen of all fish lovers and cooks. You will, in my opinion,never probably never need another book on fish but if you do check out River Cottage especially if you wish to make your own smoker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fish book 5 Mar 2013
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I am pleased with jane grigsons book, the recipes are very useful and i am learning a lot about varieties of fish I had never come across before
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