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Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Family Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007225784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007225781
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tana Ramsay, author of the bestselling Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen and Tana Ramsay's Real Family Food, is the glamorous, down-to-earth wife of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

As well as cooking for and looking after Gordon and their four young children, Megan, Jack, Holly and Matilda, Tana also has a monthly column in the Daily Mail Weekend and is a former Montessori teacher.

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‘It’s nice … I think there needs to be more women on telly and publishing in this country.’ Jamie Oliver speaking on Heart 106.2 about Tana and her book (13th October 2006).

'Hothead TV chef Gordon Ramsay may be the undisputed boss in his kitchen from hell, but at home it's the missus who's clearly in control.' Woman

'Take a seat, Jools [Oliver]. Because you've got nothing on the Ramsays.’ Grazia

'If society is crumbling under the weight of gender wars, the Ramsay household seems solid as a service station rock cake.' Sunday Times

From the Author

Extracted from the Introduction: I must admit that I hardly cooked until I had children. Gordon was always working until at least midnight and I was working all day and stuyding for my teaching course in the evening - I quickly became a Montessori nursery teacher. I more or less lived on quick and easy food and really started cooking when we had children and our first, Megan, began solids. Suddenly I was responsible for everything that went into her tiny tummy. Gordon was working and it was up to me to cook for her. That was when I started to really care about what was in the fridge. I learnt how to cook as Megan's diet became more interesting than vegetable purees. The fact that she was a good eater and showed excitement in what she ate, as subsequently did the other three, meant I actually enjoyed experimenting, too. So that is how I started cooking - never seasoning or over complicating, just simple, family food. I belive home cooking never needs to be any more sophisticated than this. I've tried to keep the recipes in this book as real and as accessible as possible. I've included all of my favourites that I use to feed the family, which also means that they have been given the thumbs up by the children. Some of the recipes are more child-orientated - like fish fingers, for example - but most of them are for the whole family to enjoy.

Tana Ramsay

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Footie VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit that I was a serious skeptic of this book. What the world doesn't need is another celeb chef, and I shuddered at the thought of their WAG's cookbooks suddenly blocking out the sunlight at Smiths. What I found in Tana Ramsay's book was a pleasant surprise. She's a real mom, that's evident. The recipies are things that kids will eat, and she knows that if you're going to try to push their tastebuds a bit, you're going to have to pick your battles. I don't have a pantry like the Ramsay's, so the alternatives mentioned in the recipies are helpful for me. Already cooked one for the family, who normally hate cabbage, but we've found a winner here and a new addition to the regular weekly rota. If I can get four or five more into the mix, it's a roaring success.

Tana, you've my begrudging respect. I know you have a nanny and help and all that, but if you still cook for four kids and deal with that husband of yours, you can punch with the best of them.
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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Louise on 1 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was totally stuck in a lunch and supper "downward spiral" for ideas, and I am totally inspired again. So it's a massive thank you to Tana Ramsay for putting together this book. My husband has been begging his Mum to write down all her recipes for years and make a book like this, so good on Tana Ramsay for actually doing it herself, and hopefully taking full advantage of having a famous husband to get it published and therefore available to all of us.

This is written "by a Mum for Mums", the food is tasty, doesn't take hours to prepare, and is good enough to eat with the children as a family. Although, when I proudly presented my first meal from the book (chicken with red lentils) my exhausted 3½ year old son put his head down and cried "I just want my normal supper" .... ermm that will be spaghetti bolognese again then! Needless to say it was absolutely delicious and he ate the lot with my daughter who is one of the fussiest little eaters on the planet. They have since continued to munch their way through most of the recipes I have tried out so far from the book - and they especially loved her pumkin risotto - you just put all the ingredients into your oven proof dish and put it in the oven for 20 minutes - no stirring required - how easy is that!?!

The snack ideas are great, as are the party ideas, but I personally like the make in advance and suitable for freezing recipes. She writes nicely and her tips and comments are useful, although be warned the style of book is very "Jamie Oliver"!

Tana Ramsay does however proove herself to be a complete and utter wonderwoman with her breakfasts ... I really do take my hat off to anyone who seriously has the time with school runs to create such wonders ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 2 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book's charming and sincere opening and closing dedications are indicative that this is not just another 'trendy' cookbook from a celebrity wife, cashing in on a partner's talent or fame.

'For my mum and Dad.
I hope my children grow up with the same sense of love and comfort that you gave me.
Thank you.'

From a mother of four young children and with experience in the excellent 'Montessori' method of teaching, comes this new book for 'family cooking', illustrated throughout with family shots.
Largely speaking the recipes are aimed at children, but 'there are tips on how to adapt dishes to suit different ages and tastes and encourage children to experiment with food.........I've also tried to include tips on how to adapt some of the recipes to make them more adult. A splash of wine or a bit of extra seasoning is often all it takes.......'

Tana adorns the front cover of her book which opens to 261 high quality, matt pages, split over main chapters:-

1. Breakfast
2. Lunch Bites
3. Tea-Time Treats
4. Trying New Tastes
5. Cooking from the Cupboard
6. After-School Suppers
7. Cooking in Advance
8. Weekend Lunches
9. Puddings
10. Party Food

sandwiched between a 4-page introduction, handy information about 'vitamins and minerals', a guide to 'essential' and 'luxury' kitchen equipment and a concise index.

'The recipes are organised with most people's weekly routines in mind.'

An interesting introduction heads each chapter, and useful notes appear at the head of most of the recipes.

The book is interspersed with useful tips and variations, e.g.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Helen Lyons on 26 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nice food, but lots of inaccuracies/omissions in the recipes...e.g. put your brownie mixture into the square tin (no other mention of the tin appears in the recipe), parboil the chunky chips for 20 minutes until slightly (?) soft, another recipe had double the amount of meat needed for the amount of sauce, and another one told you to first turn on your oven and then leave the mixture to settle for a couple of hours before cooking.

You need to have a good knowledge of cooking to make these recipes work - even if it's just knowing that a packet of shop bought jelly will not set in a pint of water and a can of evaporated milk (you just have to be able to read the instructions on the packet).

If she did actually write this book herself, it explains why her husband won't let her in the kitchen.
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