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River Cafe Cook Book Green [Hardcover]

Rose Gray , Ruth Rogers
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River Cafe Cook Book Green is the latest instalment in its authors' quest for perfection. (That this austerely high-minded project should be taking place in one of London's more expensive restaurants only adds a pleasing Zen-riddle quality). In the first River Cafe Cook Book, illumination was achieved through the wood-fired grill. That was OK, because one of those ridged grill-pans would do at a pinch, though we were left in no doubt it came a very poor second. By the time River Cafe Cook Book Two came out, the famous wood-burning oven had been installed, to the despair of many. In the new volume the focus is on the ingredients, specifically fruit, vegetables and herbs. Quality, freshness and seasonality, of course, have always been paramount at the River Cafe, and are now boosted by, wouldn't you know it, the adjoining organic vegetable garden. Combined with the Cafe's unbeatable network of organic suppliers, this may make some readers wonder whether it's worth trying to keep up any more.

Emphatically yes, must be the answer. The River Cafe phenomenon has always been inspirational, if not aspirational; and the new book is packed with astoundingly good, simple recipes and ideas. It is constructed round the appearance of individual fruits and vegetables in the garden or the market. Perhaps in part to distinguish themselves from the rather many cookery writers who have previously adopted this approach, Gray and Rogers work through the year month by month rather than by season. Thus May brings apricots (Apricot, Lemon and Almond Tart, Apricot Jam Ice-Cream), asparagus (in Risotto, with Anchovy and Milk Sauce, in a salad with gulls' eggs), broad beans (in a Minestrone), melons (Melon and Lemon Sorbet, Melon Marinated in Valpolicella with Vanilla), spring carrots (Braised Spring Carrots and Artichokes, Carrots Marsala) and spring onions (Peas Braised with Spring Onions, Spring Onion and Thyme Pizza). So it goes on, beautiful, simple, delicious. And if our carrots aren't quite perfect, well, we can have a word with our greengrocer, or join an organic box scheme. Or we can just aspire. Not the least achievement of Gray and Rogers is to restore to this simple food the magical allure it possessed when most people knew it only through the early books of Elizabeth David. --Robin Davidson


Praise for the "River Cafe Cook Book" and "River Cafe Cook Book Two"

"Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers have changed the way we eat." - "The Times"

"You should cook these dishes: they are good, not too hard to follow and presented with an almost puritan economy... The pictures themselves are almost pornographically alluring." - "Guardian"

"The River Cafe is a dish that's perilously close to perfection." - "Independent"

Book Description

A major new book from the authors of the phenomenally successful RIVER CAFE COOK BOOKS. (1998-10-01)

From the Publisher

A major new book from the authors of the phenomenally successful RIVER CAFE COOK BOOKS.

About the Author

Ruth Rogers is the American-born wife of architect Richard Rogers. Rose Gray ran the kitchen at Nell's Club in New York before joining Ruth Rogers to launch the River Cafe. Together they have made the River Cafe one of the most respected restaurants in the world and have trained many of the new generation of star chefs, from Samuel and Samantha Clark to Jamie Oliver.
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