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Best Cookery Book Ever?
on 27 July 2002
This book has changed the way that I cook (as a food lover) for the following reasons;
1. The recipes are fast,and easy to follow - and most importantly they work. If you are making dinner 90% of these recipes can be done a few hours before, thus giving you time to socialise with your guests rather than being a slave to your kitchen, then simply finish them off before serving. This is why this book is so practical.
2.The standard of the end results are better than most restaurant food.The recipes take you to another level of cookery with interesting/radical combinations of ingredients and how beautiful the dishes taste/look on the plate.
3.As Raymond Blanc never trained under a rigid master chef, in my opinion, he was allowed to indulge his curiosity far more than his competitors, therefore creating dishes of real imagination, this in my opinion makes him stand above the rest of his competition.
4.There are many Vegetarian dishes in here and I admire Raymond for devoting time to this as it is sadly neglected by most other contemporary chefs.(roasted ceps with Jerusalem artichokes- WOW!)
5.There are suggestions for breakfasts (scrambled egg and pesto), tips on how to make the perfect poached eggs, sandwich suggestions, and of course mains, with superb deserts (grilled figs with raspberries and port-amazing!, and the one that all my friends adore - confit of plums in red wine and vanilla).
Hope you find this review helpful,and share my enthusiasm - you won't be disappointed..