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The River Cafe Cookbook [Hardcover]

Rose Gray , Ruth Rogers
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Book Description

4 May 1995
A sophisticated re-interpretation of the cucina rustica or farmhouse cooking of northern Italy, the food of THE RIVER CAFE' relies on good quality, fresh, seasonal produce - plus authentic Italian ingredients such as polenta, buffalo mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil. The emphasis is very much on the type of cooking found in Italian homes rather than restaurants. Ruth and Rose's direct, uncomplicated approach means that many of the dishes are strikingly simple - fish, meat and vegetables are chargrilled, pan-fried and baked - but all of them, from the Tuscan bread soup Ribollita to main dishes such as Manzo in Tegame( Braised Beef Fillet) and Maiale al Latte(Pork Cooked in Milk) are vibrant with flavour, In addition, there are numerous recipes for Italian-inspired desserts, such as Zabaglione Ice Cream, Almond and Lemon Cake, and Grilled Peaches with Amaretto.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009180731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091807313
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 20 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,011 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 18 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian food like you've never tasted before 23 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fabulous darlings! 12 Oct 1999
By Ben
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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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most outstanding cook book ever! 2 Feb 2000
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the book shelf.... 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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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I flicked through this book at a friends house and couldn't put it down. The recipes are imaginitive but simple and most of them are quick. Lots of fresh ingredients and herbs are used and there are loads of recipes for vegetarians. All the methods are explained without jargon so you don't need any experience of cooking. All the recipes I've tried so far have been a great success.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality 13 Sep 2013
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Delivered as promised . Book in excellent condition and for a paper back edition it was very surprising. Very Happy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes 28 Aug 2013
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Really good recipes. Simple to follow especially coming from a reknowned restaurant. Never been to the restaurant though so to sure if the same standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!
Terrific book - I love it and highly recommend it. Teaches you how to make dishes taste wonderful, and is so inspirational - has given me many ideas!
Published 9 months ago by JJJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook
Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers obviously love cooking. So This book was a welcome addition to my already large collection of cookbooks (which should and can be used).
Published 9 months ago by JHvW
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was disappointed to find very little that was new or inspiring. I realised that I had flicked through it in bookshops and decided not to buy it for this reason. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Janet Pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic awesome cookbook
Real Italian food - I know a lot of cookbooks claim that but I genuinely believe in this case.

Brilliant recipes that are so easy and simple but deliver great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by DMK14
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
Always wondered about this book but would have been better off borrowing it from the library. The recipes just don't suit my lifestyle I suppose but hey - it looks good on my... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Domestic Goddess
1.0 out of 5 stars Check all pages are bound into the copy
Very disappointing. The book was received with wholesale sections missing. Not of merchantable quality. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by A. F. Tatchell
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
I'm a huge fan of the river cafe and also of their philosophy behind preparing all these fantastic dishes. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Bettina Nestl
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
Buy this book and it will give you they keys to a kingdom of chocolate - the Chocolate Nemesis recipe is possibly the best chocolate cake I have, or will, ever eat. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Clarabell
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVER CAFE COOK BOOK.
prior to ordering this book I wanted to know about condition of book and packing details. The sellers description was accurate and the book arrived in very good condtion
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Mr. Alan Major
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