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Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea [Paperback]

Rick Stein
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Nov 1997
The proprietor of The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, offers 150 fish recipes, together with tips on how to make the most of the specific character and flavour of many fish types. The author won the 1989 Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year, for "English Seafood Cookery".
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bay Books; inaccurate discription edition (Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912333561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912333564
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,582,486 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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In 1995, Rick Stein, the proprietor of The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, won the Andreacute; Simon Memorial Fund Food Book Award for Taste of the Sea, which accompanied his television series. Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea is an update with a touch of the exotic as it includes recipes Stein devised after travelling to the Far East.

Stein has a no-fuss approach to cooking, dishing up meals which can be prepared in less than an hour. Fruits of the Sea contains over 100 new fish recipes to cater for all occasions and palates, including family meals like Mackerel Fish Cakes with Fennel or Fillet of Cod with Saffron Mashed Potatoes. The ingredients for these should be easy to find at any supermarket or fishmonger. For those with a taste for the exotic, there's Thai Red Seafood, and Goan Prawn Balchao; and for dinner parties there are dishes such as the Small Ragout with a Deep Red Wine Sauce or Escalopes of Salmon with Champagne and Chive Sauce.

An illustrated guide to cleaning and filleting fish is included and there's a glossary explaining how Eastern ingredients such as wasabi and shrimp paste are sold and used. Of course, as anyone who has been to Rick and Jill Stein's restaurant will know, the desserts are superb: a few, like Baked Chocolate Mousse with Cornish Clotted Cream, and Pine Kernel and Ricotta Tart, are in the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This classic Rick Stein cookbook is packed with delicious fish and seafood dishes for every occasion --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic, simple and delicious. 6 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rick Stein is not only a superb chef but his writing is clear, simple and enthusiastic - like his food. He gives plenty of tips from what utensils to buy, to how to store fish and how to make excellant stocks. All the way through the book he carries you along with his passion and almost cooly, simplistic aproach. If you like fish - or even if you don't - I am sure you will find this book rewarding, not only for the food but also the interesting little tit bits he incorporates.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" recipe book 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rick Stein's passion for seafood is only equaled by his skill and artistry in seafood preparation. This is a "must have" recipe book, especially if your not over keen on sea food. Stein's straight forward and simplistic approach make sea food in general a much more palatable choice to what is basically an underrated and easily accessible food source. You will be amazed at how easily and quickly you can produce mouth watering dishes with the humble Cod,sea bass or just a crab, and quicker than the Que for a fast food burger! Rick Stein's down to earth character helps give a real feeling that you can tackle all the recipe's and the instructions are as clear and precise as they need to be, after all says Rick "a recipe is just a basic guide not something to be followed religiously". This book has certainly opened my eyes to seafood and steers you away from the days of "steamed fish" that probably turns most people away from seafood in the first place. This is one book that will help you see just what you have been missing and After all we do live on an Island surrounded by sea
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent, varied and reliable cookery book 13 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for the Thai fish cakes originally. Since then I've cooked many of the recipes and they are all excellent. You'll find one to suit any occasion. There's a guide to help you prepare your fish and a list of substitutes in case you can't find the one recommended. Rick Stein also inspires you to try fish that you wouldn't normally. I'm a fan! (There's even a section on puddings as well.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must buy" for the competent cook 18 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
I have to admit I bought (or maybe was given) this book a few years ago, thumbed through it, and thought "these recipes are to complicated for me". I have recently come back to it having been on a cookery course for the last 6 months, and so feeling much more confident about my abilities. Now, the recipes seem brilliant. Inspiring, different, genuinely tasty, impressive, I can't speak too highly of this book.

Yesterday I cooked the prune and armagnac tart (which is actually quite straightforward). Very very tasty (I served it with plum ice-cream from the Leon cook book). Today I cooked the mille feuille recipe, modified to use seared fillets of lemon sole, and the cod with saffron mash, which is an absolute winner for a dinner party in terms of both taste and presentation.

The descriptions and photos of how to prepare fish are worth the cover price alone. Keith Floyd eat your heart out. If you have a bit of culinery experience, then this is an excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
....just fresh ingredients, a pinch of enthusiasm and Rick Stein to guide!

'In 1995, Rick Stein brought the taste of fish into thousands of British homes with his ground-breaking TV series and best-selling book:-

Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea

Reluctant fish-eaters were won over by the simple flavours and no-fuss approach of Rick's cooking, and by the sheer enthusiasm of this charismatic cook.
'Fruits Of The Sea' carries on from there and contains over 100 fabulous new fish recipes to cater for all occasions and palates.
As well as contemporary recipes, Rick has created some hot and spicy dishes inspired by his travels in Asia and Australia.
To encourage us to include more fish in our diet, but realising that most cooks are busy people, Rick provides a range of recipes that can be prepared in half an hour.
All the recipes are clearly laid out and easy to follow; for the more experienced and adventurous cooks there is a selection of more challenging dishes along with special occasion plates.
And to end, by popular request from his Cornwall restaurant devotees, Rick provides a selection of the most tempting desserts imaginable, such as the most delicious recipe for:-

* Baked Chocolate Mousse with Cornish Clotted Cream

224 high quality pages split into main chapters:-

1. Preparing Fish
2. Unusual Ingredients
3. Soups, Stews & Clear Broths
4. Light Lunch Dishes
5. Hot & Spicy Fish
6. Deep-fried Fish
7. Summer Fish & Salads
8. Fish from Colder Climates
9. Elegant Fish Dishes
10. Quick & Simple Fish
11.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pescaholics Bible - but not for the Uncommitted 18 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic collection of recipes, but it must be said that many of them are not for beginners, either to cookery in general or fish in particular. From experience, cooking fish (or more to the point not overcooking it) needs full concentration and not to be distracted faffing about with presentational flourishes and complicated side dishes.

But go for it - the rewards are worth the effort. The Cod with a pesto butter filling (a sort of very posh Chicken Kiev), the haddock fish pie with Cornish Yarg (cheese) and the plaice with pancetta gave me glorious results and so it can't be that difficult!
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4.0 out of 5 stars taste of the sea
I love Rick Steins' style, he has added the fun into cooking and I am looking forward to trying some of these.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Kee
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm fun of Rick Stein
what else I should say? His passion of sea food is my inspiration for own experience with making food more healthy as well tasty
Published 19 months ago by Add1
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied
Product arrived swiftly and in good condition however was not what I ordered. Online I ordered a hardcover book but was delivered a softcover book and was told that the book... Read more
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Published on 13 May 2011 by deathwish
4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Stein Fruits of the Sea
I got interested in this book with watching the tv series that went with it,and i like some of the recipes. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by Stirfry Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PLASTERER'S IRON MAN?
Any viewer of the 'Iron Chef' and the recent proliferation of other contrived 'cookery competition' television programmes where chefs, both professional and amateur are put through... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by DOPPLEGANGER
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingrid
Beautifully produced book with superb recipes. Easy to follow and delicious to taste. Book arrived in perfect condition.
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars a seafood convert
I was always luke warm about sea food until I saw Rick on TV and bought his book. The recipes are delicious and actually work unlike some famous chefs I could mention and won't. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by inch worm
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book
If I could have only one fish cookery book, it would be this one. There are some superb recipes that really work. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2008 by Bluebell
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb introduction to seafood
I have to admit it, I love Rick Stein ... purely platonically, you understand. He presents some of the most distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable cookery programmes on British... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2005 by Budge Burgess
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