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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
First of all remember that Ray White isn't Delia, he quite rightly assumes you know how to boil water without burning it and that you don't start planning a dinner party based on whats in the fridge. Secondly, read the recipes all the way through, especially the instructions, he has a nasty habit of throwing in the odd "place in fridge for 24 hours" about half way down in...
Published on 24 Aug 2006 by Mr. J. J. Percival

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1.0 out of 5 stars very difficult
This is NOT a book for someone without lots of time and a large budget - the recipes are challenging and some of the ingredients are hard to find - try finding a butcher who will sell you a hare let alone do all the bits and pieces for you!! An interesting coffee table book but not one to take into a real working kitchen where you want to cook and share the evening with...
Published on 8 Jan 2005


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted, 24 Aug 2006
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Mr. J. J. Percival "sedgemoor" (Hungerford(ish), UK) - See all my reviews
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First of all remember that Ray White isn't Delia, he quite rightly assumes you know how to boil water without burning it and that you don't start planning a dinner party based on whats in the fridge. Secondly, read the recipes all the way through, especially the instructions, he has a nasty habit of throwing in the odd "place in fridge for 24 hours" about half way down in the third paragraph, not much good when your guests have already hit the road. And finally - enjoy it, yes it can be complicated, long winded and require some stretching of the old "cullinary skills" but the results are divine (often on the first attempt too!). Very few ever have the chance, or budget, to have RB cook for them, this is the next best thing and guaranteed to win brownie points from lovers, friends, family and the mother-in-law just for having gone to the effort. Last of all remember that most of these recipes are based on classic french cooking, which means that if french peasants can do it, so can you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly fantastic read!, 3 April 2000
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This is a gem of a book. It is an easy to follow guide to cooking set out by season and with a wine suggestion for every recipe. The colour photographs enable you to see what you should aim for (!) and depict the cooking in a non pretentious and yet aesthetically pleasing way! Cooking of substance and certainly a cookbook of substance. I highly recommned this book as a cook book for life! No nonsense, i give it 5 stars!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for entertaining, 9 Aug 2005
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I've entertained copiously from this book, and, whilst some recipes are very time-consuming, others are delightfully simple.
Very imaginative recipes and generally not requiring the best supermarket in the world to source ingredients; a standard butcher and a good greengrocer are sufficient.
The 'basic foundation recipe' section at the beginning is a boon, although reference to Mastering the Art ... is necessary to flesh out the instructions for sauces etc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for friends never made easier, 18 Mar 2004
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Maureen Williams (Salisbury, Wiltshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Another triumph. I was over the moon with "recipes from Le Manoir Au Quat' Saisons" and this book is just as good. all the stages explained so easily, no need to spend hours over the stove when the guests arrive, so much forward planning is allowed for. Photographs provided to show presentation and Raymond's wine recommendations are "spot on". When is the next book coming on the market?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COOKING FOR FRIENDS RAYMOND BLANC, 28 Nov 2009
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Mr. A. Leone (TAVERHAM NORFOLK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cooking for Friends (Hardcover)
AS USUAL THIS GENTLEMAN'S WRITINGS ARE EASILY UNDERSTOOD. HIS MENUS ARE SOMETIMES NOT THAT EASY TO DO, BUT THE END PRODUCTS ARE DELICIOUS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Accessible Blanc, 7 May 2011
This review is from: Cooking for Friends (Hardcover)
I've had two copies of this book and I love it. Monsieur Blanc has an extraordinary palate, and the rare ability to produce complex dishes where none of the ingredients are lost (see the restaurant cookbook). Here, however, he chucks the fussing about and gives straightforward, simple dishes which work when you cook them. Should be on everybody's shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise, safe as houses recipes, fabulously tasty food, 5 Feb 2012
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Sure, some of the main ingredients aren't on every supermarket shelf, but for the relatively inexperienced, there are so many recipes in this book that have as their starting-point the foods that ARE accessible, that, once you've made them, (and if you do exactly what you're told they never fail), you just can't wait to stumble across some pigeon breasts and fillets of hare.

For each dish the ingredients and the prep are nicely split into sections: the main, the coulis, the garnish, etc. and there isn't an intimidating number of ingredients. Most are in your larder already. Nothing is left to chance. Cut this 5mm thick, weigh 20g of that, roast the next thing for 7 minutes. Don't approximate, just do it, and your guests tell you it tastes like food cooked by Raymond Blanc. You amaze yourself and the next thing you need is the crockery to do it justice.

Can't recommend this book highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 26 Aug 2013
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Love Raymond Blanc and the recipes in this book were easy to make and loved by my family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 22 Mar 2014
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I was so pleased when I found this book on Amazon. For a used book it is in very good condition, great recipes as always from Raymond Blanc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond blanc forever !, 3 Sep 2013
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Although the book is more than 20 years old, it is still very much worth to read and to cook from. Raymond Blanc is of course a celebrity now, but reading and looking in this book, makes clear that in a sense he was as interesting in 1991 as he is in 2013.He is part of culinary history, a history that continues up till today.
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