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Off Duty: The World's Greatest Chefs Cook at Home [Hardcover]

David Nicholls
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

7 Nov 2005

Renowned chef David Nicholls gathers together an impressive array of culinary stars in this collection of menus for the home cook.

Over 50 top chefs and food writers share the menus they love to cook at home for family and friends. Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith, and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers are just a few of the chefs who invite us into their own home kitchens and share delicious, easy-to-prepare dishes for the home cook, using straightforward ingredients.

Introduced by Gordon Ramsay, this book brings today’s top names in food together in a must-have collection for the home gourmet.

Contributors include:
Jamie Oliver
Gordon Ramsay
Nigella Lawson
Delia Smith
Rick Stein
Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers
Gary Rhodes
Alain Ducasse

Fronted by David Nicholls, whose son Daniel suffered an accident in 2003 which left him paralyzed, proceeds from the book will support spinal cord and stem cell research and development, awareness, and rehabilitation.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (7 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007752024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007752027
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A reminder of a world where the gift of good food offers more than vanity and calories on a plate -- You Magazine, The Mail on Sunday, October 2005

acheivable and inspiring -- Food & Travel magazine, October 2005

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Over 50 top chefs and food writers share the menus they love to cook at home for family and friends. Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith are just a few of the chefs who invite us into their kitchens and share delicious, easy-to-prepare dishes, using straightforward ingredients.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different type of book 16 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover
I really liked this book. The recipes are excellent. It is a selection of recipes from the world's top chefs and includes interesting information about them as well as a photo of them off duty, such as Nigella Lawson in the bath. The recipes range from very easy to complex but it is a great gift for Xmas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Newsweek" Rave! 4 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Nigella Lawson embodies this book's intimate nature, fetchingly photographed in her bath. She offers up a homey beef stew marinated in Guinness, with the reassuring comment, "If the stew looks like school dinner, it doesn't taste like it." There's the comfort of the familiar-a Wolfgang Puck wild-mushroom pizza, say, or a crab risotto from Jamie Oliver. Three-star chef Heston Blumenthal humbly delivers pea and ham soup, so unlike his scientific experiments at the Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire; Alain Ducasse shows us his roast veal with vegetables, and Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers of London's River Café reveal their classic sea bass with potatoes. But challenges abound, like Nobu Matsuhisa's salmon marinated in mirin and sake, or rock-star chef Gordon Ramsay's coffee panna cotta. Suspicious foam emulsion appears infrequently (do chefs really foam at home?), as do those odd towers of meat sliced like a Shanghai skyscraper. Endearing Briticisms abound: best-selling cookbook writer Delia Smith's recipe calls for "prime British gammon" (boneless ham, but with the skin remaining); courgettes are translated as zucchini, broad beans as favas. But the book's generous spirit is, not surprisingly, best captured in David Nicholls's own offering, My Anything Salad, which shows us that great chefs, just like the rest of us, "raid the fridge and make a salad using anything that's available." The book's dedication, "To Daniel, knowing that you will one day walk again," is reason enough to own it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love great cooking books.... 6 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having read and written quite a few cooking books in my time I do believe that this one is fantastic. Great book, great ideas. Definately worth to buy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good cause 31 Mar 2006
By Elna
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful addition to any cook book library, and an interesting insight into the lives of some of the world's best chefs. But more than that, ALL of the money from this book goes to charity. Chef David Nicholl's son was left paralysed after an accident on a Sydney beach while on his gap year aged just 19 years old. This book is dedicated to him. While some of the other reviewers have left very negative comments, I think for that reason alone this books deserves our full support and I would encourage everyone to buy it.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The title of this book led me to belive that the recipies would be using common ingredients, more of a Jamies Dinners type of book, I was really disappointed. The book contains pretty much more 'restaurant' style recipies. I certainly couldn't create more than a couple of the recipes from my average shop at the supermarket. Can't even think of anyone I would give this to for Christmas!
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