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Rick Stein's Food Heroes [Hardcover]

Rick Stein , James Murphy , Craig Easton
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5 Sep 2002
Rick Stein offers over 100 new recipes, based on the best of all British produce, as well as a directory of the producers that he has met and recommends. He includes his own variations on traditional British dishes, such as Welsh rarebit.

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563534745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563534747
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rick Stein is a well-loved and respected chef, TV presenter and author who has produced an array of award-winning books and television series, including Rick Stein's Seafood, Seafood Lover's Guide, Taste of the Sea, Food Heroes, French Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes and most recently Coast to Coast. All of his books and programmes show a commitment to good-quality produce, sustainable fishing and good husbandry.

Rick owns four restaurants, a delicatessen, a patisserie, a seafood cookery school and forty guest bedrooms in the small fishing port of Padstow, Cornwall. In 2003, Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country Tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, which he regards as his second home.

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What a likeable cook and writer Rick Stein is, apparently quite without side or any need to posture. Tirelessly generous, Food Heroes salutes those people who work hard, in the face of market pressures and often widespread indifference, to make available the very best British produce. Cheese, eggs, poultry, meat and game, fruit and seafood--the list of foodstuffs over which many of us have relinquished any claim to demand quality is a long and depressing one. Top marks, then to Stein for travelling the country and bringing a bit of publicity to those who labour in the vineyard. He is remarkably good at making clear just why quality matters so much, not only in terms of flavour, but on humanitarian grounds too. (He pointedly muses on how very much more cruelty might be prevented if single-issue anti-hunt campaigners broadened their concerns to include intensive farming.)

Some of the names here are more familiar than others: many people have eaten Mrs Kirkham's remarkable Lancashire cheese (though some apparently think she is no more real then Mr Kipling), or enjoyed the products of Loch Fyne and the Duchy of Cornwall; they are merely the most prominent among more than 300 producers and suppliers listed in the extraordinarily thorough and useful directory. One wishes them all well and hopes that this book (and the TV series) will have an appreciable effect on the nation's food buying. At least no-one can say that Rick Stein hasn't tried. The recipes he produces to demonstrate how to make the best of this fine produce are, as always, simple and impeccable, mingling a nice appreciation for tradition with a clear-sighted modern practicality. Roast Grouse with Bread Sauce and all the Trimmings rubs shoulders, as it were, with Medallions of Venison with Red Wine and Morello Cherries accompanied by Roasted Hazelnut Spätzle (a remarkable dish), while simple, old-fashioned puddings like Coeur à la Crème and Summer Pudding sit happily alongside chef's creations such as Fresh Raspberry Tart in Coconut and Hazelnut Pastry. The book is a feast and a pleasure, and if used as Rick Stein intends, may make the world a slightly better place. --Robin Davidson


Rick Stein's "Food Heroes" is not about his favourite chefs as might at first be assumed. It is about the top food producers in Britain today. His love of fresh ingredients is well-known and here he travels the length and breadth of the country in his hunt for people of like mind, people who care more about their produce than their profit. Whilst acknowledging supermarkets today offer a range of foods far more global and wide-ranging than ever dreamt of, he draws the cooks attention to ingredients fresher and better than those sold by profit-making conglomerates. Handmade cheeses, organic watercress, free-range chickens and ducks and his favourite, freshly caught fish. Stein meets the people and explains their philosophy behind what could all too easily be loss-making ventures. But such is their belief in what they do they can translate it to chefs like Stein to promote and educate the general public. Accompanied by over 100 scrumptious Stein recipes, and attractively illustrated with colour photographs, this is an ideal gift to anyone wanting to cook and taste the very best of British produce. - Lucy Watson

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make them all! 13 May 2004
By Mike
Anyone who has purchased a cookery book knows that they are unlikely to make every recipe contained in it. However, with this one there is such a wealth of knowledge, tradition and perhaps most importantly culinary passion that any home cook worth their 'maldon salt' will make most of them. And if it still doesn't inspire you and you can only muster the enthusiasm to make one recipe then make it the lemon tart on page 170 it's brilliant!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant results ! 28 Aug 2006
Instructions are simple and the results are brilliant everytime. Having had a number of successes from trying the recipes in the book, I also started to watch his series Heroes:Another Helping on TV. Made me want to get the book out and try more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cookbook which supports real food 1 Oct 2002
By A Customer
This is an excellent addition to anyone's collection of cookbooks. It has a good selection of recipes and makes the most of real food. The book is backed up with a helpful directory of food producers and outlets. Whilst Rick Stein is undoubtably associated with fish, this book shows an enthusiasm for other food as well and a desire to support quality food producers. This book deserves to be read and its support for British food is most welcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So useful 24 Mar 2003
This book is great - great recipes of course, but also a really useful list of suppliers. My favourite though is the section at the back of recipes for accompaniments to serve with the main dishes. It's so nice to have a bit of help working out what the perfect foil to your hard work should be!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Stein's Food Heroes 21 Oct 2002
By A Customer
I couldn't help but buy this book having watched it being televised on BBC 2 and being amazed at how much research Rick had done towards it. Food Heroes is a wonderful book, with lots of exciting recipes, fabulous pictures and it is great that we have seen Rick do recipes which contain more than just fish which we normally associate with him!
Rick comes across as being extremely passionate about buying fresh and good quality produce from across England and highlighting those businesses which many of us have never heard of.
I have made the Mascarpone Ice Cream with Blueberry Compote which was delicious and have also cooked the Sea Bass with Stir-Fried Vegetables which has the most amazing flavours running through it!
I just wanted to thank him for making my Thursday evening's more interesting, I so look forward to 8.00pm!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try the lamb curry... 9 Mar 2009
By Melone
Format:Paperback'll go down a storm. What a fantastic book not only to cook from, but to read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook everyone should have 14 Sep 2002
By A Customer
A good cookbook with most enjoyable recipes. Good for Rick Stein for promoting quality british food and showing what real food tastes like. The directory of suppliers is included and this is an excellent reference source. Highly recommended and I hope more people support these food producers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in very good condition 5 July 2010
By Livfoss
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is inspiring - good recipes, beautifully written and illustrated. This copy was bought for a very low price second-hand in almost new condition. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars food heroes
Saw this on my sisters cookery shelf and decided to try and get a copy bought it off the secondhand books and it was in good condition as it was described by the sellers and a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice
Big book, full of good recipe's, and the best part purchased from a hospice shop so all the funds go back to that hospice.
Published 13 months ago by Jayne Mair
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read as well as excellent recipies
Most enjoyable, great illustrations and easy to follow recipes. It is competatively priced. The service from the vendor was very good
Published 16 months ago by Lt Col M. McCartney
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just recipes
A good read and ties in nicely with the TV series I love to use this book all the time.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Hipsey
5.0 out of 5 stars My most spattered cookbook
I love this cookbook and it's predecessor Food Heroes. I could tell you a dozen dishes that I regularly use from the two books but in all honesty I couldn't tell you which of them... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by perkster
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steins Food Heroes
Great book. It's nice to see all the ingredients written down, so I can plan my shopping trips
Published on 24 May 2010 by Nigel J. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars A great TV series though!
I like Rick Stein - a lot. He comes across as being passionate about food and it's production. I would go so far as to say that 'Food Heroes' was the best ever TV 'cookery'... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2002 by Tim Chaney
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