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My Kitchen [Hardcover]

James Martin
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3 Sep 2009

My Kitchen is the brand new collection of James Martin's favourite seasonal recipes. Be inspired in your kitchen all year round with more than 100 of James's tried-and-tested favourites.

As the face of British food, James Martin knows how to cook for an audience. But what happens when the cameras are turned off and it's time to feed himself and his friends? Here James shares the recipes that see him through the year, with plenty of easy and irresistible ideas for fantastic food, even when there's no occasion.

James firmly believes that fresh, local ingredients are always the best, and he often uses his own home-grown fruit and veg in his everyday cooking. His recipes are organised by the seasons, so that whether your produce hails from the garden, the greengrocer or the supermarket, you'll never be short of ways to celebrate delicious seasonal food.

A vocal supporter of traditional British grub, James also includes ideas for using different cuts of meat, harking back to an era of 'waste not, want not'. Determined to prove that game, such as grouse, rabbit and venison, is not only affordable but also very delicious, he finds versatile ways to turn these meats into mouth-watering dishes that everyone
will love.

Discover over 100 no-nonsense recipes from James's personal repertoire, all explained in his straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. Accompanied by beautiful food photography and seasonal reportage images which offer a view of James's own house and garden, this is a book which cannot fail to inspire healthy, hearty home-cooked food.

RECIPES INCLUDE:
• Leek and Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg
• Cromer Crab Toastie
• Beef and Fennel Koftas with Corn on the Cob
• Marinated Loin of Lamb with Warm Figs, Coriander and Honey
• Herb-crusted Baked Cod with Spiced Cauliflower Cheese
• Roasted Turkey with Guinness Glaze
• Rabbit Casserole with Grapes and White Wine
• Thyme-roasted Apricots with Honey Madelines
• Swiss-style Hazelnut Meringue with Coffee Cream
• Christmas Pudding Ice Cream with Warm Satsumas and Caramel Sauce



Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007294700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007294701
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• ‘The cheeky chappie of cooks is back with a stunning selection of down to earth, easy to follow recipes of dishes he makes for his own family on his days off! Another brilliantly illustrated, perfectly presented, well written book […] James is funny, gracious, professional, expert, trustworthy…’ – Books Monthly's Nonfiction Choice for February

About the Author

James Martin is the much-loved presenter of BBC 1's hugely successful Saturday Kitchen and BBC 2's Eating with the Enemy. In 2006 he wowed fans with his skills on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1). James has written successful cookbooks ranging from traditional British fare to international desserts and also writes a regular motoring column for the Mail on Sunday. James lives in Hampshire with his dog Fudge and a garage full of stunning vintage cars.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok.... 21 Jan 2010
By Basement Cat VINE VOICE
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As an obsessive buyer of cookery books, I was pleased to get my hands on this one. I have his desert book which I really quite like, but this one isn't up to that standard. Looking through this, I could'nt find anything I wanted to cook, until I reached the 'Winter' section at the end of the book. It all seems a bit bland when compared to, say, Nigel Slater or the River Cottage books, and really isn't my thing at all. But that's just me, and I'm sure that if you like watching him on the telly, you will love this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic cooking in well presented book 21 Jan 2010
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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My first cookbook by James Martin and I don't have much more to say than is in the title. If you're the type of cook who already has bookshelves groaning with cookbooks then there isn't much to tempt you here.

If you're more of a beginner, building your repertoire and your cookbook library, then this might well find a place. The recipes are organised by season, and cooking with seasonal produce is what we all need to do nowadays. The recipes are well presented, clearly written and explained. I also like that it has a very British feel

All in all though this book fails one test. It's not the type of cookbook you want to read in bed - it's just not inspiring enough or evocative enough in its language. But in the kitchen, it's easy to follow and will do the job.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm still a big fan of the early James Martin cookbooks, but I've found that the more famous he gets the less useful his books. His last two were charity shopped within days of purchase. This one will last a bit longer.

The book is advertised as 'the recipes James Cooks when he's not in front of the camera'. If that's true can't have a minute to spare to wash those cars he brags about. Generally the recipes aren't the type you can just throw together from what's in the cupboards, you'll need a shopping list and time to plan ahead (unless things like Japanese Panko beadcrumbs, Peroche goats cheese and cod cheeks are on your weekly shop).

On the plus side, the recipes by season layout is lovely (but not as lovely as the The River Cottage Year), and the recipes do re-invigorate some routine dishes. Admittedly the recipes I've tried so far have come out a little wonky (generally a bit watery or unset, and I've needed much longer cooking times), but this has been the case with all his later books. Use the recipes as ideas rather than concrete guidelines.

NB For me James Martin always uses way too much cream, but I've found using only half the amount (and sometimes substituting for soya cream)doesn't adversely affect the dish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but nothing special 22 Dec 2009
By Pardo VINE VOICE
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I have to admit that I'm not a fan of James Martin on TV - I'm firmly in the Fearnly-Wittingstall camp. However, I thought I'd give this a go. I have to say I was underwhelmed. The book is perfectly pleasantly designed and produced, albeit in a generic TV-celebrity-chef-fulfilling-his-contractual-obligation kind of a way, and some of the recipes look OK but none filled me with an instant desire to make them, and I can't imagine any of them becoming regulars on our dinner table.

If you are a fan, or need to give a gift to someone who is, then this book might be worth buying but otherwise I think there are plenty of more inspiring food writers out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice nosh! 5 Jan 2010
By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I found this cook book to be a little schizophrenic, in that many of the main courses have 'bloke' written all over them - beef with black beer mustard, and braised oxtail with beer and red wine - and yet many of the puddings are very delicate, and dare I say, even a bit girly in approach - lemon verbena cake, honey madeleines, and rhubarb and ginger syllabub.

There is a heavy emphasis on using seasonal produce (the book being divided into four chapters named 'Winter', 'Spring', 'Autumn' and 'Summer'). The winter recipes include obvious festive fare such as figgy pudding, Christmas pudding ice-cream, and breaded turkey with honeyed parsnips. The summer ones are more of a surprise, oddly incorporating a number of hot soups, such as Little Gem lettuce soup, and sweetcorn and crab.

Overall, my favourite bits are probably the desserts (James Martin is renowned for these, as you will know if you've caught the TV show 'Sweet') - and in addition to the dishes mentioned earlier, you can also find the recipes for such delights as coffee cake with pistachio cream filling, Welsh cakes with poached pears, and good old-fashioned baked custard tart.

The book is printed on heavyweight matt paper, with a matt cover and has a quality feel. I would find it hard to think of a cook book that better exemplifies the cuisine of Britain, so it gets an extra half star just for that 8-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big food, big flavour, big ingredients list 24 Nov 2010
By Mark Thomas VINE VOICE
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James Martin's kitchen must be enormous. He must also own the world's largest spice rack to house the myriad extras that go into his meal recipes in My Kitchen.

The book is beautifully presented and contains, as is essential in this day and age, sumptuous and mouth-watering photographs of the end product. The cooking instructions themselves are clear and direct, and while grouping recipes together by their seasonality is not novel nowadays, it's still a good idea.

I had expected the book to contain a collection of simple, hearty, traditional fare associated with Martin's Yorkshire roots, and those ideas are definitely there, but in the minority and often combined with hard-to-source additional tweaks, which could put many readers off. The problem that the casual cook has with using recipes like these is that you are often left with a jar of esoteric spice flavouring that you have no idea what to do with next.

There's little in the way of straightforward meals in this collection which is a pity, as the simpler suggestions are seriously tasty but require a significant investment of time. This, combined with the rarity of some of the ingredients spoils what would otherwise be an excellent recipe book with results as pleasing to the palette as any other top TV chef's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic easy recipes
The only problem with the recipes was, they are some easy to prepare and cook our friends keep calling round to have another of James, excellent meals cooked by my wife,I then... Read more
Published 3 months ago by victor bozier
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book aswell
what can i say another great book by James,and i have cooked recipes from this book and like the saturday kitchen cookbook great.
Published 4 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cookbook
I'm very pleased with this cookbook, it's got some lovely recipes in and the book although ex library is very well kept
Published 13 months ago by LesleyDN
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband love it
Great book easy to follow seasonal recipes that taste wonderful.My husband now keener than ever to cook me dinner (RESULT)
Published 24 months ago by Mrs. Janis M. Sheader
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative food with some flair
Some interesting new twists on recipes - the pumpkin risotto came out very well, the apple and hazelnut salad delicious, and the poached cherries divine. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by kymara
5.0 out of 5 stars Can do no wrong
This is not a critical review, I find James Martin an immense talent not just at cooking; but communicating about cooking. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by M. Taplin
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kitchen..By James Martin
Plain and simple. This book has no frills it tells it as it is,I find that James Martin caters for those of us who can not handle a complicated ingrediants list and provides first... Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by Derrick Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
A mix of some I treating ideas and some funny recipes that I will never cook. not one I will hang on to.
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by DRJ Sayer
4.0 out of 5 stars James' Kitchen
This is an excellent cook book. Full of really good recipes that work extremely well and are easy to follow. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Mr. P. J. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars James' Kitchen
This nicely presented book contains a wealth of delicious recipes:- Cod with clams, curly kale and wild garlic; spicy crab linguine; salmon and pumpkin risotto to name just a few. Read more
Published on 29 May 2010
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