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The Good Table: Adventures in and Around My Kitchen [Hardcover]

Valentine Warner , Jonathan Lovekin
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5 Sep 2011
Valentine Warner takes us on a journey to home food heaven. By cooking and shopping with care and attention to detail you'll learn how to use accessible ingredients in exciting new ways with one of the nation's favourite chefs.

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  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1st edition (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335403
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Valentine Warner is a food writer and cook with a passion for nature, the seasons and mainly being outdoors. In September 2008 Valentine burst on to our TV screens with his first hit series "What to Eat Now" which saw him seeking out the best food and dishes that the four seasons have to offer. This was quickly followed up by a second series in 2009.

Valentine has recently fronted two series about "Ration Book Britain" on UKTV and has appeared on appearing on Alan Titchmarsh's ITV show Love Your Garden.

Valentine writes columns for Countryfile and Delicious and has written for The Times, The Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Independent, Olive, Waitrose Kitchen and many more publications.
Valentine's books What to Eat Now and What to Eat Now - More Please have both been published by Mitchell Beazley and have been bestsellers.

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Valentine Warner is the real deal, a boyishly enthusiastic champion of cooking the tastiest produce when nature says so.

- You Magazine, Mail on Sunday

Valentine Warner is the TV cook of the moment.

- Telegraph Magazine

My new food writer crush, Valentine Warner, who is fast replacing Nigel Slater in my affections. He has two books out, and all his grub seems to be as hearty and delicious as Slater's, but with a bit more panache.

- Domini Kemp, The Irish Times

Val's infectious schoolboy charm is endearing

- Budgens Magazine

Valentine couldn't write a clichéd sentence if he tried.

- Dorset Magazine

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Valentine Warner takes us on a journey to home food heaven. By cooking and shopping with care and attention to detail you'll learn how to use accessible ingredients in exciting new ways with one of the nation's favourite chefs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Usual mix of posh and do-able 29 Nov 2011
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This is a lovely retro feel book with an old fashioned cover and a marker ribbon. So far I like.

There is an expansive vegetarian section which was, in my view, better than the meat section, despite my being a confirmed carnivore (or maybe an omnivore, more accurately).

The New Potatoes with Stinking Bishop Cheese, Dad's Prawn Curry and Caeser Salad are top of my list and easy enough. I have already made the Mushrooms Baked with Hazelnuts and Pecorino (substituting Pecorino for a mixture of Stilton and Parmesan) and they were fabulous.

I loved the full colour photographs and easygoing writing style. I loved the dessert chapter and I loved the fish section.

However, one thing that puts me off cookbooks and makes them seem a little less accessible is the apparent need to list as many ingredients as possible in the title of the dish. It sounds so fussy and off putting. However, I cannot criticise Mr Warner for this as it goes on everywhere and has done for years.

So I will leave you to ponder the importance of Salt Pollock With Peppers, Oranges and Chickpeas, or the Sardines With Garlic, Coriander and Fennel Seeds AND Sherry Vinegar.

Or just turn to page 142 and make the Kedgeree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheese on toast with mayo - are you sure? 28 Nov 2011
By Crumbs
A stylish but slightly downbeat front cover hides a good-looking book. Earthily shot and beautifully written, it's a great read. Each recipe comes with a story - lively travel tales of where he came across the recipe, whether it's a Sri Lankan poacher, English trucker in Spain, or Mexican bank robbers (that last one's a joke, but you get the idea).
It's quite a macho recipe book with lots of tales of huntin' and shootin', fishin' for mackerel or campin' in -43 degrees. Despite that, many of the recipes feel do-able and don't rely on tricksy ingredients or having a spare week to prepare. However, it is a "foodie" book, and there are some recipes where the ingredients are hard to get hold of, or you may not have heard of them. But I don't mind that, I think it's a good way of educating us. If we didn't have chefs extolling the virtues of mackerel and pollock, we'd all still be eating ever-diminishing amounts of cod. He talks about herring milts (roes), which sound lovely ("The Russians may have caviar on blinis, we have milts on hot toast") which has inspired me,
It's quite a meaty book, but the veg recipes are surprisingly good too - endive in cream sauce with breadcrumbs sounds delicious, I'm more suspicious of the raw kale salad... I've already made one of his recipes, the easiest, of course. Cheese on toast. But this is cheese on toast with mustard, anchovy, worcester sauce and mayonnaise. (I know, mayonnaise. Crazy. But it worked).
I spent an hour lovingly going through the book on Friday, salivating. I then spent half an hour going through it thinking, "yes but what shall I cook for Sunday lunch with the kids?" and nothing jumped out. It was all a little bit too fiddly, or too challenging. So maybe not perfect for family food, but pretty good for everything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will cook from this book time and time again 31 Oct 2011
Valentine Warner is quite well known in food circles, he has made quite a few TV programmes, some scheduled on the satellite food channels as well as writing other books and he has a website (which has other recipes). He is an avid hunter/gatherer/forager type of cook...none of which apply to me I might add, but I could have easily made a lot of the recipes in this book without a hunt around the local woods or needing a trip to the local fishing lake. The notion of this book is very simple in that, what you are served and what you share at Valentine's table is 'good food' and judging by the recipes the title is spot on.

This book has a lot to offer most cooks and lovers of good food, it packs some lovely recipes, most of the recipes are supported by a photograph and the photography in this book is of a really good standard. It is truly crisp and colourful and lends a pleasing detail to all the illustrated recipes. This book describes the kind of food you just want to sit down and enjoy with your family, or curl up on the sofa with (like the 'toast as a vehicle' chapter...which I really loved, being a toast addict myself I never thought a food writer would devote a whole chapter to toast, I love it!). Other chapters include, meat, birds, fish and shellfish, veg and foraged food, bread, cheese and eggs, puddings and drinks. I could easily make most recipes in this book and they would easily suit our tastes here.

Although I have made two recipes from the puddings chapter, the savoury recipes are looking really good too, I have particularly earmarked the 'carne con chile', 'chicken stiffed with pearl barley, livers and walnuts', and 'mushrooms baked with hazelnuts and percorino' for future autumnal suppers.

This is a book I will readily use time and time again, particularly when cooking for others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Valentine Warner has produced another marvellous book of culinary pornography.

I collect books like this just to salivate over the beautiful photographs that accompany the tasty recipes. No kidding; I own over 50 cookery books yet any lady (un)lucky enough to come to my flat for a meal will be aware that cordon bleu cooking will not be on offer. I am hopeless at conjuring up anything in the kitchen and I will, as a matter of course, either under or overcook everything I produce.

Yet still I go on buying and poring over recipe books like this in the hope that I'll become a good cook by osmosis. Doesn't work, unfortunately.

This particular volume comes with a superb solid binding which will withstand years of abuse in the kitchen. It also contains recipes for a variety of courses using the full spectrum of ingredients - including venison and rabbit - two meats I have never, ever even considered eating.

Funnily enough, Valentine's version of toad in the hole (a bit Delia Smith this recipe) doesn't look a patch on what my old mother used to make. But then she had been a navy cook in her younger days.

This is one big, lovely book of mouth-watering dishes that will keep you busy in the kitchen for many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by W. J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne in france
Loved it!As all recipes written in black &white much easier to read.Recipes as usual show V.W's enthusiasm for cooking &consuming!
Published 22 months ago by Anne in France
4.0 out of 5 stars Proper food
This is a nice object, with cloth covers and a ribbon to mark your place. Includes a range of traditional recipes which are all about "proper" food and not fussy eating. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by avl06
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetical and addictive
The introduction of this book is incredibly poetical. Valentine sets out to explain how The Good Table is his 'heart on a plate'. How gorgeous is that? Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Urvashi
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort
I really love this book. I am a serial buyer of cookery books, but The good table, reminded me of why I like cooking. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by T. J. Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing and delectable
My first Valentine Warner cookbook, but very probably not my last. Some really original ideas, all of which look delicious (Lapland Fish Soup is my favourite so far) with fabulous... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Self-help junkie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good Table
I adored Valentine Warner's What to Eat now series, so I was excited about trying this new book.

The first thing I notice was that I found the book quite 'fish' heavy,... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by missielizzie
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Good Table' - The Very Nice Looking Food too!
Here we have another volume to add to my ever burgeoning cookery section (It's a bit of a shame that I never seem to get any further than beans on toast). Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Captain Chaos (Semper Vigilans)
5.0 out of 5 stars My foodie crush!
I have a bit of a foodie crush on Valentine Warner - he is a consummate writer and food lover and chef, and his enthusiasm and joy over food shines through on every page. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Bob and Billy's Mum
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book..... but would I use it?
Yes, I agree, it looks a good book, but as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover (or ribbons). Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by C. Clark
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