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The River Cafe Cookbook Hardcover – 4 May 1995

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009180731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091807313
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 3.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers are cooks of unquestioned skill and dedication. River Cafe Cook Book defined a new era in the worship of food-as-lifestyle accessory. That alone guarantees a place in history" Guardian Weekend --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Features the exquisite but simple Italian country cookery THE RIVER CAFE' which has become one of London's most innovative, influential restaurants.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dommy1973 on 18 Feb. 2009
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This volume has been in print now for a number of years and the recipes still feel fresh and challenging as well. It is not a book designed for those who don't already have some basic cooking skill - it is not a 'method' cookbook so if you need to know how to reduce a sauce properly etc then I should get something else to accompany this one e.g.Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Vol 1 for example. However, the recipes in themselves are largely uncomplicated with a focus on the very best of ingredients. There are a wide variety of vegetarian recipes such as Ribollita and Ricotta al forno (a wonderful green souffle), as well as a number of more unusual meat dishes too. Particularly good was the fascinating Pork Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar - one would expect this to be far too acidic and sharp, but with slow cooking, the meat (which is grilled first) is complimented by a rich thick treacle-like goo, not too sweet and with only a hint of acidity - an excellent dish especially for a large group as you can simply leave it to cook. Their game dishes are also very good and the timings of most recipes are pretty accurate for the average household oven. If you want to impress your friends and yourself with fabulous Italian dishes, then this is the book for you.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1999
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Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray's The River Cafe Cook Book and the follow-up River Cafe Cook Book Two changed my life. The recipes are easy to follow and yield consistently sensational results. After the first bite of their Panzanella--Tuscan summer salad--you'll think you're in heaven. And the Winter Minestrone--sublime. It's better (and a whole lot cheaper) than a holiday in Tuscany!
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 12 Oct. 1999
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Despite the embarassing associations of this book - polenta eating, virgin olive oil drizzling Southern yuppies - when you get past these understandable feeling and pick one up, you will have bought one of the best cookbooks you will ever own. The chicken stuffed with mascarpone and rosemary is a favourite, but most of the recipes are incredible. Use the ingredients you can get hold of and don't use the amounts suggested if they seem ridiculous - and you are confident.This book improved our cooking 100%. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chef Keene on 19 Feb. 2014
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It's a standard book for any lover of Italian, coming from what is an institution in the UK. Combine it with some of the works of Carluccio & Contaldo you will not need anything else for Italian cuisine in my mind (Apart from perhaps Silverspoon). Nice and clear.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2000
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I agree with the other reviewer - the Winter Minestrone is fabulous - but so are all the other soups - the Sardinian fennel in Book 2 - and the stocks are so simple to make, yet taste SO GOOD! The vegetable recipes are a yum, the meat and poultry superb and the desserts, delicious! Absolutely brilliant. Try their Estate Olive Oils too!
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Lovely book and have already tried several of the recipes to the enjoyment of family and friends. I look forward to trying some more especially as I have now shared the book with a friend.

The book arrived earlier than I expected and the condition is as described, so that's just as it should be. Many thanks to the vendor.
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OK book but not an attractive lay out and recipes ... well not inspiring in choice or presentation. Though have used a recipe and got some ideas. Which in the end is what it is all about. Book arrived promptly well packed and in good condition. So really I should give it more than two stars!
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By nicole a mcneil on 14 Jan. 2015
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excellent! just what we wanted at an excellent price in very good condition.
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