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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for book number 3!, 17 April 2011
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Mrs. N. Dawes (Barnsley, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
I loved Andrew Pern's first book Black Pudding & Foie Gras with its opulent velvet cover and fantastic photography (not to mention mouth watering recipes and delightful commentary) and couldn't imagine how a 2nd book would top it. But it does!

Again with the most unusual cover, stunning photography, recipes you can't wait to try - every page is a delight to read. But it's not just the words, or the pictures or recipes, it's the the whole style of the book, the layout, the imagery and the way it's been put together makes it not just a cookbook, but a work of art. So now I just can't wait to see what number 3 will have in store!

Oh and I can highly recommend the chicken, ale and wensleydale cheese pie - Mmmmmmm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 14 Dec 2012
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I. Darren (Fi) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
This is a book that many people might automatically assume is out of their reach, since eating game birds is not something that the average family seems to do nowadays. This is a great shame but this book is more than just game as poultry and fish are also brought under the author's expert gaze.

Part of the book's introduction sets out the scene perfectly: "...delivers a fresh approach to the often dark and dismal autumnal and winter dishes normally associated with 'game'" with a trove of dishes that would be the envy of an upscale Knightsbridge restaurant.

The high-quality photographs are stunning and draw the reader in, making it feel more like a lifestyle book than 'just' a great rural cookery book. After a luxuriously long series of introductions comes a fairly innovative circular graphic (this reviewer is sure that there a proper industry term for this thing that looks like it escaped from an advanced maths class) that shows a year at-a-glance, directing you to the various seasons and the availability of various game before the following pages look at a number of reputable suppliers for everything from cheese and game to even arrangers of shooting parties. Naturally this is written from a British perspective, so foreign readers might have to adjust their expectations accordingly, or even plan a few trips 'in season' to England.

Recipes are split between partridge; deer; pigeon & squab; grouse; pheasant; chicken; duck & goose; guinea fowl; rabbit & hare; trout & wild salmon; the best of the rest; snacks and then drinks. Each chapter starts with a great overview of the main ingredient or theme and the selected recipes are mini works of art in their own right. Even if you never plan to cook grouse you can still enjoy the text and pictures. It doesn't feel like a recipe book, the recipes are almost hiding in the shadows despite being prominently featured.

It is clear that these are not 15-minute quick recipes for the harassed homemaker and for many some of the key ingredients may be out of everyday reach. Yet even if you look at the ingredients that are commonly available in supermarkets such as chicken, trout and salmon you would have something very special to try for one of those evenings where a bit of pampering might be in order. Hopefully the other recipes would encourage you to try something new in a restaurant or to attempt to recreate the recipes at home (and with the aforementioned list of suppliers, there is no valid excuse to complain about not knowing where to obtain partridge from!).

This book generates a mixture of feelings to this reviewer. All positive. It is more than just a recipe book. It is more than just a lifestyle book about 'country food'. It is a clever mix of many themes, feelings and sensations into one magical, rather special book. It is a celebration of natural, good, honest ingredients, a commemoration of an oft-missing rural art form and a rather clever amalgamation of culinary skills and art for good measure.

If you have the opportunity of looking at this book, it is highly recommended! It is books like this that would be hard to replace by an ebook version. Sure the same information could be presented but here is a great example of how 'physical' product can be enhanced through packaging and general feelings. Have you guessed so far that we like this book very much?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Appealing to a larger and more interested audience", 17 Dec 2011
This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
After becoming an addict for Andrews writing style I just had to purchase this little belter....
Loose Birds & Game delivers a fresh approach to the often dark and dismal autumnal and winter dishes normally associated with game. Ruddy cheeks and red noses are replaced with the virtues of low traceable fat in venison, the rarity of being able to eat grouse as a stew, salads that will be the envy of every Knightsbridge restaurant, with ladies that lunch, to snacks that the kids will devour and, to keep everyone happy, there's even a tipple for Grandad. Andrew Pern showcases the heritage and versatility of game as part of what defines his idea of `British ness', but in a light and informative mood. His intention is to make some of the food that makes Britain great, more accessible and appealing to a larger and more interested audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 1 Dec 2011
This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
one of the best chef books out there, Andrew shows why he one of the best chefs in the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think, just BUY!, 31 Mar 2011
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M. Page "Matthew" (Chesham England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
This has to be one of the most beautiful cookbooks ever. Even the cover is wonderfull. A padded silky tactile feel which means you just don't want to put it down. I opened it at random and the first picture I saw caused me to swallow within seconds as I salivated over the picture.
This is glorious British food. I only received it this morning so haven't cooked anything obviously, but I can't wait to get cracking with it. The photographs are absolutely stunning and the recipes looks so gorgeous. For this price it's a steal. So as the title of the review says, don't think, just buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Christmas Present, 21 Dec 2010
This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
What a fabulous second book from the award winning author, Andrew Pern.
A perfect Christmas present (or late one) for any aspirational cooks, amateur or professional. Amazing photos, recipes and a wonderful insight into the 'Star Inn' and its beautiful surrounding areas. A MUST BUY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Masterpiece, 16 Dec 2010
This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
Fabulous, beautiful book. Like the author's first book (Black Pudding & Foie Gras), it is a joy to hold and read, the local information is wonderful and recipes are sublime. The recipes are clear and concise, the illustrations are beautiful and there is plenty of relevant background information. If you are looking for a truly inspirational Bird & Game Bible, then look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 18 Feb 2011
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S. Amey (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is a masterpiece and beautiful. Its not small, so make sure you have some space on your bookshelf.
All the recipes have exceptional photographs.
Its a shame the main game season is ending, as i want to try all the recipes !
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loose Birds & Game (hardback), 16 Jan 2011
This review is from: Loose Birds & Game (Hardcover)
Andrew Pern's exceptional skills are not only in the kitchen! This book explains in formative detail the quintessence of "The Star Inn" and the surrounding beautiful countryside from which he takes his inspiration. Like the first book "Black Pudding & Foie Gras with each turn of the page we are taken on a journey of delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leeds Loves Food ?, 21 Jun 2012
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Toff (Yorkshire UK) - See all my reviews
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A great book filled with talent and praise for the many producers of the food that makes this cookery possible.

One of these smallholders is "Loose Birds" of Harome near Thirsk. For the past 12 years they have sold superb free range chickens, ducks, turkeys and wild pheasants, rabits and hares at the Farmers Market of Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Leeds City Council is moving the venue to Briggate which will make it impossible for genuine food producers to sell in Leeds.

Leeds City Council also runs an annual celebration "Leeds Loves Food".

I and many others will have to go to the Farmers Market in York.
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