This book is my introduction to Marcus Wareing. I am hooked, completely inspired by this book. I am a Bill Granger and Donna Hay fan as I love flavour but simple meals. I was quite bored recently as all my cook books didn't seem to inspire or challenge me anymore. As a home cook I love flavour yet simplicity and Marcus ticks both boxes with a gigantic marker.
He has superceeded my expectations and now he is my top inspiration. Where Granger is the epitome of heart warming, flavourful homely food, Wareing is the posh version. His book just tells it as it is. It is written clearly and recipes are very simple to follow. He does in some recipes leave an element of cooking up to you...which for an aspiring home cook with a 21 month old and very little time, is brilliant, as I can be as creative or not with the rest of the meal. E.g. Roasted beef sirloin with mushrooms, brandy and roasted potatoes...This is simply what the recipe is, no vegetables, nothing more. It is up to you whether you want blanched beans, mushy peas or absolutely nothing with the recipe. Another example...Sticky sesame pork ribs...you use your own imagination as to how you want to serve the dish.
With a perfectly rounded amount of different types of recipes from Meat and veg meals, to seafood, snacks, desserts and his gorgeous sweets section. This book fulfils my weekly cravings pretty well. His Rice Crispie Squares took me right back to my childhood and his home made beef burgers with caramelised onions was the most flavoursome beef burgers I have ever eaten in my life!
I highly recommend this book for all 'walks of chefs'. However, if you have cooked enough Delia, Bill, Jamie etc then this book will re inspire you and turn you into a cook.