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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but hard work for the not so gifted chefs
Having received this great publication for a Christmas present in 2010 it has taken me nearly a full year to really understand this highly complex book....
It is fantastic but any amature chef really will struggle with this book.
It is very hard work, please read on and I will try to explain a little...
This celebration of nature may prove a little tricky...
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Danny Marbella

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3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table food porn
In my opinion Peter Gilmore cooks some of the best food in the world so when I saw the book reviewed last week while In Australia I phoned home to get it ordered (it is 50 cheaper from Amazon UK than in Australia). It is beautifully produced photographed and imagined, When he says many of the recipes in this book are quite complex he means it. If you have the staying...
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by George D. Lush


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but hard work for the not so gifted chefs, 12 Dec 2011
This review is from: Quay (Hardcover)
Having received this great publication for a Christmas present in 2010 it has taken me nearly a full year to really understand this highly complex book....
It is fantastic but any amature chef really will struggle with this book.
It is very hard work, please read on and I will try to explain a little...
This celebration of nature may prove a little tricky for cooks who want to follow recipes in Quay to the letter. One salad lists more than 40 separate ingredients, while another calls for four different kinds of violets. Gilmore refused to cut corners for the book, but by the same token he says a bit of flexibility is key when it comes to choosing how to cook from it. "There's a dish of white asparagus with a curd and nuts and something like 15 different herbs and buds on it, but it'll still be really nice with just the curd and the nuts and two or three normal herbs." If you can't get strawberry guavas for the snow egg, you could try using white peaches. "It's meant to be inspiration as much as anything else."

The book gives alternatives for home kitchens not equipped with restaurant kit such as combi-ovens and sous-vide machines, but by and large, it pulls no punches. If you want to follow things to the letter, start stocking up on your borage buds and digging through seed catalogues for miniature sour Mexican cucumbers now. Peter Gilmore wants to leave you with this guarantee. "If someone is going to take the time to make the Quay chocolate cake, I want it to taste like the Quay chocolate cake, even if it takes them four hours to make it." He stops and thinks a moment. "Okay, it'll take eight hours. But it will taste like the Quay chocolate cake."
I must admit it has been worth the effort, trust me....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quay, 16 May 2011
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Minder (Maidstone, Kent) - See all my reviews
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This is a beautifully crafted recipe book with stunning photography. A word of caution before committing to a purchase - this is a cookbook from the best restuarant in Australia. Quay is also listed in the San Pellegrino Top 50 Restuarants in the World (at #26 in 2011). In addition, the style of cooking that best describes Peter Gilmore's menus is nature based cuisine. This puts Peter Gilmore's work in a similar vein to Michel Bras and Rene Redzepi. With all that in mind, don't expect the recipes to be accessible. If cooking were that simple, I'd have a Michelin Star. Instead, buy this book to be inspired by the work of a chef who is at the top of his game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!! But you do need to have a know what you're doing, 8 May 2014
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an amazing and beautiful book!
But it is crazy hard to make it! with a lot of ingredients that are hard to get.
A great thing for chefs and people with a lot of experience, and a yummy thing to look at for people who love food but don't really cook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best cook book ever, 17 Mar 2014
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This book is a great,but slightly complicated book. The desserts are amazing and I think peter gilmore is an absolute genious.The pictures are as amazing as the recipeas.Its a MUST BUY
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 15 Jan 2014
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If you are searching for a little bit different cookbook, with nice recipes, thats your book. Seafood and desserts amazing
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 4 Nov 2013
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excellent book, beautiful pictures. inspiring to read. now im looking forward to make the 8 layered chocolate cake. highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars quay, 1 Jun 2013
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great book sound recipes, beautiful pictures, A REAL CHEFS COOK BOOK WITH LOTS OF INSPIRATION. i have given this book to several of my collueges to use and they have bought one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 18 Mar 2013
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More of a collector's gem than an actual cook book, as most of the recipes are very difficult, and a lot of the ingredients impossible to get. But beautiful and inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, 8 Feb 2013
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Its a beautiful book with some fabulous photography. It would look lovely on any coffee table - but be prepared for serious mouth watering! The list of ingredients are long and some of the time I have no idea what they are! It is not for the faint hearted but I think the book can easily be enjoyed buy anyone for what it is. The recipes themselves are a big undertaking but the results will be worth while! However I don't think you have to be a fabulous cook to get a lot out of this book - as a photography book it is beautiful and it is inspirational what ever level cook you are and if you do try the recipes then the instructions are excellent.

It would be a lovely gift, for cookery book - inspiration or simply for the coffee table!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Posh cooking, 25 Dec 2012
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We watch the Australian masterchef show. This guy appeared on it with his eight part chocolate dessert.
Thought we would give it a go. The book is very nice, could leave it on the coffee table as a talking point.
Will pluck up the courage to get going on one of the meals soonish...
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