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The Three Chimneys: Recipes and Reflections from the Isle of Skye's World Famous Restaurant Hardcover – 4 Nov 2002


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Mercat Press; First in This Edition edition (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841830437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841830438
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 22.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cross between a memoir and recipe collection, the tome is a trove of fond stories, superb tips and ravishing scenery. -- Roz Paterson, The Herald

I've been eagerly anticipating Shirley's book. At last it's here and it's a cracker. -- Nick Nairn, Proprietor of Nairn's Restaurant and Cookery School

My meal was the freshest, brightest, most exhilarating lunch I have ever had. -- Orlando Murrin, Editor of BBC Good Food Magazine

The recipes are a joy ... It's a cliche to say that this book is the next best thing to eating in the restaurant, but it is. -- Eveninf Times

To the Scots, Spear is Delia, Nigella and Jamie rolled into one. -- Australian Gourmet

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‘Few people realise how long we have been in business’ says Shirley, ‘and we have built up a huge following over the years. Our philosophy from the beginning has been to exceed people’s expectations and turn The Three Chimneys into somewhere that people would want to return to again and again, despite its remote location. Our inclusion in the 'Top 50' list proves that we have achieved that.’

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F M Diggory on 6 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvellously evocative book reminding me of my Scottish childhood with recipes for Scottish staples such as rumbledethumps, clapshot, and cranachan. In addition, Shirley Spears provides some wonderful modern twists on traditional recipes serving an Autumn Pudding (as opposed to Summer Pudding) and turning the staple ham and haddie into an elegant souffle. The recipes are interspersed with personal reflections of her life in Skye and setting up the world famous Three Chimneys Restaurant which anyone interested in good food will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Kellett on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
We had a wonderful meal at Three Chimneys last summer, and ordered the cookbook immediately.The photography is stunning, and Ms. Spear's reminiscences are frank, robust and touching. The recipes are true to the restaurant: simple ingredients cooked with care and precision. Ms. Spear is merciful to the home cook by suggesting how best to order tasks in these multi-stepped recipes -- many of the meals here are based on a series of inter-related, enfiladed recipes. But, as a cookbook, it is not perfect: We are almost never told how many servings to expect from a recipe, for instance. Many recipes call for oatmeal, but no guidance is given as to the type (steel-cut or flaked?) or whether or not the oatmeal is raw or cooked. The index is useless, and I have not yet discerned the book's organizing principle (seasonal? menu-driven? alphabetical?) However, in a way, these faults contribute to the book's considerable charm. There is nothing of the slick professional food-writer here, just a gifted, harried-sounding woman trying to communicate her life's passion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnston on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading Shirley's lovely book. My partner and I recently ate at the Three Chimneys and enjoyed one of the best meals we've ever had. Thus the book is a delight both as a souvenir of our visit, and in and of itself. Shirley's reminiscences are a joy to read - I loved hearing how she and her family took their dreams and made them a reality, and her evocative musings on Skye, fresh, seasonal produce, and life at the restaurant. And her recipes are also wonderful - and includes one for the Famous Hot Marmalade Pudding, which, believe me, is divine. The food photography is also good enough to make you salivate.

I have one or two niggling criticisms: for me, the format is too large - it is such a personal book I think it would work better as a smaller, thicker format, like a book you might read and cook from, the editing could be a bit tighter in one or two places (three mentions in as many pages that langoustines are alternatively known as prawns - once is ample), and I think it's a mistake to hold back content for a second book and repeatedly tell the reader so, then leak little scraps of it anyway - this feels like less of a 'tease' and a bit more like cheating the reader of content, or, more simply, poor organisation. Neither works well.

However, that's perhaps a little pernickety when, overall, the book is such a delight to own. I recommend it - and do of course look forward to Shirley's second offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Namyreve on 29 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
We have been lucky enough to visit The Three Chimneys on two holidays - once for several dinners over a decade ago, from whch point we were fans, & more recently to stay for a week. Bought the book there & Shirley was good enough to sign it. Having ourselves seen The Three Chimneys at two very different stages in its' evolution, reading the book was a window into how Shirley & Eddie lived that experience. The setting is extraordinary enough but what these two have achieved there is more extraordinary still. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book - it is witty, fascinating, entertaining & a great insight into the realities of setting up & running such a challenging business. Oh & the recipes are, of course, mouth-watering.
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By Pete on 16 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a great cook book and life story all rolled in to one .This book is now out of print and secondhand copies are fecthing big money ,so this was areally good buy but worth it at almost any price .
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