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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490837
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delightful old-fashioned cover, plus properly practical contents (Rachel Cooke Observer Food Monthly)

Brilliant . . . Finely honed culinary instincts, an open mind and a capacious cookbook collection . . . Miss Cloake has them all (Evening Standard)

Instead of flitting from Nigel to Nigella to Jamie, simplify your culinary life and plump for this invaluable book instead (Bookseller 2011-05-13)

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Felicity Cloake is a journalist and food writer from London. She writes for the Daily Mail, the Metro and Fire & Knives magazine and has a weekly column in the Guardian. She was named Food Journalist of the Year and won the New Media of the Year Award at the 2011 Guild of Food Writers Awards. Her first book, Perfect, is published by Penguin.www.felicitycloake.com

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
OK, I admit it, I love to cook and I love to get my hands on decent recipes to turn the mundane task of making a meal into an extravaganza for the taste buds. Yet the major problem with a lot of the books out there is that there's a large percentage of recipes that you really either won't try and really don't attract your attention enough to make you want to try them.

What this title by Felicity does is trawl through recipes from a multitude of established books and chefs and brings the tastiest to the reader in one easy to access title. Add to this a whole host of everyday recipes and it's a title that will get more than a little use. Recipes include all sorts of dishes that I want to make better and whilst some are simplistic, it's the key to getting them right that has eluded many a home cook. If you want to know how to obtain that top notch crackling on your Pork Joint, that's here, you want great Yorkshire Puds, yep that's there as well. Your Roasties are failing, not any more. There's also a section for desserts, a section on vegetables as well as many other recipes that you really can't afford to turn down.

Finally add to all this glory a wonderful introduction that gives you the basic items required for any kitchen, some that are useful but not essential as well as key ingredients that make sense to have in stock (and we're not talking Nigella's pantry that has about £5K worth of food items in) such as flour, eggs, bread as well as other basics that most people have and the whole thing is a title that you can learn along with as well as pass along to the next generation.
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I bought the kindle version simply because the book is out of print, and second hand copies are selling at ridiculous prices. Like any kindle book, it's hard to get a feel for how big a book you're embarked upon. Suffice it to say I read this from 'cover to cover' in less than 3 hours.

Having greatly enjoyed the detailed comparisons Felicity writes in the Guardian each week, taking close note of the chefs and well kent recipe writers she tests and trials, before coming up with her 'perfect' version, I was expecting the same. So it is with some considerable disappointment that I found the book provided a synthesis of those more lavishly descriptive and thorough deconstructions. Also, several of the recipes are for the most basic of items - how to boil an egg, how to emulsify oil and vinegar into a vinegarette. The book's title is at least accurate - you do only get 68 recipes and for £11 for a kindle download this has to be the very worst value for money e-book I've ever bought.

Don't get me wrong, there is value in each of these recipes, but for me without the detailed reasoning of why this approach and not that found in the articles, they are a lot less convincing.

Like another reviewer who pointed out you can read ALL of Felicity's 'Perfect...' articles for free on the internet, my advice is don't buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sewsirius on 17 Jan. 2015
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First of all I have to confess to not reading the author's column as many others who have also purchased this book have. Because of seeing this book without reading the columns I have found the text before each recipe to be of just the right amount of information to explain why various ingredients add or could possibly detract from the final result. I think anymore information would be a bit of an overload!

Secondly, I would have given this book five stars in a heartbeat, but unfortunately the index is extremely basic grouping the recipes into rough groups such as meat and fish. This really isn't sufficient for a book with a lot of extra text and I haven't really got time to search through a whole chapter just for one recipe. And then the reader has to remember that Yorkshire Puddings are to be found in the potato, pasta and rice section...a full index with each recipe covered really is an unfortunate oversight! Perhaps this could be remedied in an update? To make do for now, I've highlighted each recipe name in orange to remind me this is where a recipe starts when I look them up on the annotation section on my kindle app. Once this has been rectified I will amend my review to the full five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erika Brandt on 16 May 2014
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Really a book to pull out on a rainy day and plan a campaign to make your perfect favourite. I have followed her series and think this book is magic !
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By debbie on 8 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant and so well written. There is an excellent range of useful and interesting recipes - they are all dishes that you would actually want to make (or make already, but can now improve!). It is a very interesting book to read and the recipes are all clear and easy to follow.

We have made a few of the dishes already and they have been a complete success. The chocolate mousse was absolutely delicious, and the fish pie was really good too. The book has also hugely improved my roast potatoes and yorkshire pudding (which I had thought were pretty good until I used these recipes). It completely solves the dilemma of which recipe to follow when Delia, Jamie and Nigella,etc have a completely different receipe or method for the same dish.

I regularly read Felicity's column in the Guardian and so have been waiting eagerly for this book to come out, especially as I saw on the Guardian website that Felicity recently won The National Guild of Food Writers' award for "Food journalist of the year" - and I have not been disappointed! It really is an excellent cook book - perfect for everyone to use.

It even looks great as well, with lovely old-fashioned illustrations and design on the cover and so it is a great book to have sitting on the kitchen shelf!

All in all, the perfect cookery book!
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