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Small Adventures in Cooking (New Voices in Food) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

James Ramsden
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6 Jun 2011 New Voices in Food
A beautifully written and exciting cookbook. ------Rachel Allen

If you haven't heard of him yet, you soon will. I've tasted James's food and it's bloody good. ------Stefan Gates

James Ramsden is one of the best young food writers around. ----Giles Coren

A cook-book that combines a boy-next-door charm and lack of pretension, with an erudite wealth of culinary knowledge, an evident depth of research and recipes destined to please multiple pallets on myriad occasions, with his Small Adventures in Cooking, James Ramsden heralds an exciting new generation of cookery writing ------La Bonne Bouffe

I have a feeling that in a few years James could be a cookbook-shelf staple alongside the likes of Nigel Slater ------The Little Loaf

The real difference that sets this book apart from others is Mr. Ramsden himself and his style of writing. Quite frankly this guy gets what cooking is all about, sure we all plan some meals, but the vast majority of the time it's off the cuff stuff with a little bit of inspiration, something that this book has in spades, bravo James hopefully we'll see more of the same soon ------Dad's Cooking Tonight

On many occasions, I find myself agreeing and smiling as he has captured my many thoughts and concerns when it comes to my cooking quandaries. It has reminded me why I enjoy cooking so much and ignited a notion for discovering and using new ingredients. ------MeLikeyUK

James Ramsden is an exciting, irrepressible new voice in food. In this, James s first book, the influential food blogger and pop-up supper club host aims to get his peers out of their culinary rut and experimenting with recipes that are delicious, unexpected and simple. Speedy after-work suppers such as Lamb Neck Fillets with Harissa and Chickpea Salad, food for friends like Grilled Aubergine with Tahini and Pomegranate and delicious slow-cooked dishes such as Pork Belly with Cider and Lentils are all fuss-free and achievable for cooks of any ambition. Nothing here is frightening, laborious, or expensive but everything is different enough to introduce some excitement into the kitchen. Because James believes that cooking is most enjoyable when imbued with a sense of adventure and exploration. Not the crossing continents or eating insects kind, but the sort of small change that will help hoist your food beyond the everyday - the use of an unusual spice in a dish, a trip to the butchers for an interesting cut of meat or the conjuring of something remarkable from the contents of the cornershop. In this book James invites you to join him on his culinary adventure with fast feasts, swanky suppers, lazy lunches and late-night munchies that will make every meal a mini-voyage of discovery. Each recipe is marked with a hashtag so that Twitter users can offer tweaks and tips to other readers.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (6 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009572
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Ramsden is a 27-year-old food writer and broadcaster. He has written about food and cookery for the Guardian, the Times, the FT, delicious., Sainsbury's Magazine, London Evening Standard and many others, and presents the Lad that Lunches on BBC Radio 1. His supper club, the Secret Larder, is one of the most popular in London and was described by one journalist as "harder to get into than the Ivy."

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About the Author

James Ramsden was selected by The Times in May 2010 as one of the 40 bloggers everyone is talking about, and hailed as one of the best new food writers by Rose Prince in the Daily Telegraph. He also runs the popular Secret Larder Supper Club, recently selected as one of the top 10 underground supper clubs by the Evening Standard and one of the top 10 pop-up restaurants by Square Meal. James blogs and tweets about his cooking exploits - often with hilarious consequences. Visit www.jamesramsden.com and follow @jteramsden

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring cover and boring book 13 Jan 2013
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The real test of a cook book is twofold. First have the recipes been tested or just seem to have been dreamed up by some copywriter who eats out a lot but does not cook, and secondly are there any recipes that I actually want to try for myself.

The author is apparently a cook but for me this book fails on both counts and the cover is boring too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Gem hidden behind a boring cover 5 July 2011
By Mrs. Gail Brewster VINE VOICE
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Don't let the really boring cover put you off this little gem, there are some surprisingly good recipes in it.

The recipes range from fairly simple dishes such as mushrooms on toast; the worlds laziest curry and Roast butternut squash with taleggio cheese, walnuts and honey. to entertaining with Pork Wellington and Spice roasted leg of lamb with cumin potatoes.

The author offers alternatives to his choice of ingredients such as using goats cheese or French Munster cheese instead of taleggio. Each recipe is followed by ideas for `tarting' and `tweaking' and what to do with any leftovers. There is a section about entertaining friends and one for making good use of cheaper cuts of meat.

The author doesn't' forget that there are people out there who are new to cooking and looking after themselves; there are hints and tips throughout the book on how to prepare ingredients such as chillies and tomatoes. He also explains how to make pastry and flatbreads for his lamb kebabs. The book includes sensible advice and a few shopping tips.

For students using the book, there are ideas for cocktails and a section on adding flavours to booze such as toffee ; chilli or rhubarb vodka (haven't tried them but they sound interesting).

I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone but I think students will find it especially useful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Well, what a brilliant surprise this cookbook was! I really loved reading it, have used it successfully already and will definitely be revisiting it often. It's actually pretty rare that I get this excited about a cookbook, so I will have to set the scene and explain why.

If I'm honest, I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this one so much - the cover has the kind of cardboardy, recycled 'do good' look of a small-time project. And it was by a blogger, and I keep picking up cookbooks by bloggers and finding them a bit ho-hum... I'm delighted to say that this one is genuinely well-written, and the recipes are pretty fab too. The writing style is chatty and genuinely funny without trying too hard. It's very readable. And this does matter - I mean, when somebody is trying to convince me to try tinned aubergines, they've got to sound convincing about it! (As an aside, WOW, I'm glad I listened to that unlikely sounding tip).

I particularly liked the extra hints and tips that came along with each recipe - 'tart', 'tweak', and 'tomorrow' - inspiration for making a dish different or more special, or for reusing the leftovers. A nice touch and the genuinely good extra ideas made me feel I was getting several recipes for the price of one!

The idea of dividing recipes into types of occasion also worked well - the kind of dishes you might want to cook for a big group of people are pretty different from ones you might want to cook for a special dinner for two, so this was a nice idea.

To give you a bit of background, I'm vegetarian, but a voracious reader/collector of cookbooks of all sorts - I tend to go through and think about how I could adapt the meaty recipes. This book is a pretty omnivorous offering has lots of recipes involving all sorts of different meat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, fast and satisfying recipes 16 Aug 2011
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'Small Adventures in Cooking' has rather aptly been produced in an A5 sized book and from the exterior has the appearance of a recipe collection that you might have inherited from your Gran.

It has been bound so as to prevent easy referral on the work surface without using various implements (such as my trusted bags of flour and sugar) to hold the pages open at the required recipe. I tend towards the messy end of the spectrum when it comes to cooking and have actually found it beneficial to photocopy the recipes to ensure the source material is kept in pristine condition and thus avoid the balancing act.

I think I rather like James Ramsden's style of cooking, except that he advocates washing up as you go to avoid having to cook in a couple of inches of work space - surely that is half of the fun? His recipes are easy on the whole and include cheese or mushrooms on toast with no great surprises in either dish, as well as how to basically cook eggs. There is even a chicken curry made using curry paste bought readymade with the explanation that it offers a fast solution to hunger and an alternative to takeaways - it is simple but tasty. I can relate to the feeling of wanting a quick fix after a hard day at work.

Overall, whilst I found several recipes in the book appealing, the slant really was towards basic cookery. It is something I would probably consider popping in the suitcase for a student that will have to cater for themselves for the first time rather than a highly accomplished cook. I am neither but this book offers sufficient new content for me to be happy to give it a space on my bookshelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little book
Bought this book as "used" and I am always amazed at the value and the condition of the books I buy. I doubt if this little nugget has even been opened. Read more
Published 15 months ago by pixie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but best for students
On first appearances this book doesn't look like much, but give it a chance. This really is a useful little book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Alexa
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely lives up to the title
This is such an interesting cook book and very different from the usual, in the excellent 'New voices in food' series of books. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Smatch
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bunch - but some good recipes
These are recipes from a young chef. Many of the recipes seem very basic as previous reviewer mentions - but there are some good recipes here for weekday meals - and the pot roast... Read more
Published 21 months ago by L. A. Ellett Iolite
3.0 out of 5 stars Aren't reviews interesting!
Well, reading the reviews you would think this is a book for beginners with expert abilities! Some think it's easy, some think it's for the expert. Read more
Published 23 months ago by PJ Online
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Another of the "New Adventures in Cooking" series, the intention is to demystify cooking for the 20-30 year old who no longer wants to live on takeaways and comfort food. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Constant Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty, but a bit 'foodie' for me
Some fantastic recipes in this adventurous cookbook, but for me it is a bit 'foodie'. It claims to offer recipes for quick and easy suppers, but in the world I live I don't have... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Bob's Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars surprising
as others have said i didnt like the blog attachment to this book, i also didnt get much inspiration from the cover after all i think to sell a cookbook the cover must intice you... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by gadget girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This was given to me by a friend - it's a beautiful book, written with a lot of charm and style. I have tried a few of the recipes now and all of them went down a storm with... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by gen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE cookbooks of 2011
I was sceptical about this book at first, thinking the food-blog/cookbook tie-in was a shark well and truly jumped. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Mitch
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