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4.0 out of 5 stars One for the sophisticated Christmas cook
Christmas cookbooks are easy to like, given the season, but it takes something special to write a really good one. Has Gordon Ramsay succeeded? Written in conjunction with the home economist Emily Quah (if you read the small print) this one is quite lovely on first impressions. Lots of recipes, lots of pictures and a total lack of noodling on about christmas à la...
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by emma who reads a lot

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1.0 out of 5 stars The book looks like old stock, with edges creased and pages looking old
The old just looks like it has been taken from some old stock. with edges creased and pages looking tint of yellow.

Cover with some and that makes it looks old
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the sophisticated Christmas cook, 3 Nov 2011
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Christmas cookbooks are easy to like, given the season, but it takes something special to write a really good one. Has Gordon Ramsay succeeded? Written in conjunction with the home economist Emily Quah (if you read the small print) this one is quite lovely on first impressions. Lots of recipes, lots of pictures and a total lack of noodling on about christmas à la Nigella.

It divides up into:

PARTY FOOD
spicy nuts, mulled wine, and some really lovely canapé ideas that I will definitely be trying. Little pumpkin tartlets, marinated beef skewers, little stilton gougères. Nothing obvious, just very delicious-looking. He has a wonderful imagination for dishes, I think.

FIVE CHRISTMAS MENUS
Vegetarians will be weeping at this point - it's turkey, goose, beef wellington, ham or sea bass.
Top marks here, actually. Anyone who has read the normal drag of Christmas books knows how hard it is to invent new recipes for traditional meals, but... Great stuffing ideas, intriguing gravy suggestions, good pudding recipes (pomegranate panacotta... mmm) There's a pear and saffron chutney for eating with ham that i'm making while writing this... smells delicious so far.

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH
Personally, almost my favourite bit of christmas, and some good muffins (with chestnuts!), delish sounding ham and potato cakes, a provençal christmas bread.

LUNCHES AND SUPPERS
Actually, finally some good things for the non-meat-eater! Pumpkin soup with wild mushrooms and a fantastic shallot and goat's cheese tatin would make an amazing Xmas menu. Also some excellent and original non-clichéd suggestions for using up smoked salmon, stilton, turkey and ham.

PUDDINGS
Italian-style trifle; a BRILLIANT looking Christmas Bombe made of shop-bought swiss roll and ice cream, pear and amaretto cheesecake, and others.

My biggest criticism would be ... GR always has a tendency to make recipes that come too directly from the restaurant kitchen. For eg: There's a pumpkin risotto which has the rice parboiled and cooled on a tray, but most of us will be wanting to make it one go, surely, and would prefer the recipe like that?

Or there's those potato cakes, but which require boiling potatoes and leaving them (preferably) in the fridge overnight before continuing. These sorts of things give a whiff of complicated cooking, and also require the person using the cookbook to use a bit of common sense if they DON"T want to do it like that. So for me, fine; for my sister, who prefers everything a bit more literal, not so good.

I'm taking off a star because of that drawback, and would advise beginner Christmas cooks to buy Delia Smith's Christmas with its copious shopping hints and excellent timetables (this book has nothing as comprehensive as that, though it has a short page on what to do for each menu). But if you are already a keen cook and fancy adding to your yuletide repertoire, this is definitely a bargain and I think you are sure to find a few things that the family request every year from now on!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In his own words, GR presents ....'not the weighty tome of every Christmas dish......., 7 Nov 2011
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....but a considered collection of mouth-watering recipes that will impress your family and friends.'

And, for the best part, the book delivers, around 78 recipes, typically GR - some on the simpler side; some far more fancy!
So, if 'Roast Potatoes with Chilli & Turmeric' and 'Turkey with Gravy & Walnuts' is your thing, then this could be the Christmas recipe book for you!

Having said that there are a number of recipes which are also suitable for any-day cooking, e.g. the 'Pan-fried Sea Bass' on pages 68 & 69, which is subtly flavoured by a 'Lemongrass Velouté' and carries a one-page, simple four-step photograph set. Served simply with broccoli florets, as suggested, this is a lovely dish to serve in both formal and informal situations.
Another great everyday recipe, and not just for Christmas, is 'Scrambled Eggs & Smoked Salmon on Toasted Croissants', from pages 88 & 89, which makes a great tasting brunch!

First published in 2010, my review refers to the latest release : Quadrille Publishing edition/2011, by Gordon Ramsay, with Emily Quah/ISBN 978-1849490931.
*TO AVOID POSSIBLE BOOKSHELF DUPLICATION, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE COVER PICTURE (& D-J, if included) CAN VARY!
Some dust-jacketed eds. mention the Channel 4 TV series of the same name on the front cover and on the inside flap.

From the back cover of my edition:

'Christmas with Gordon presents Gordon's secrets for achievable, affordable and stress-free Christmas cooking. Based on classic ingredients with a modern twist and some surprising new tastes, his recipes will add a new dimension to your festive food. His super-succulent turkey menu is a winner, or you might prefer to serve his beef Wellington, honey-glazed ham, pan-fried sea bass or roast goose. Getting organised is Gordon's key to success and to help you do so he offers sound advice on planning your time and cooking ahead.
In addition to superb Christmas menus, Gordon provides a great selection of party food recipes and delectable sweet treats, as well as brilliant ideas for breakfasts, brunches, lunches and suppers to keep you going through the festive holiday......'

Measuring in at roughly 24.25 cm x 25.25 cm, Gordon carves his turkey on the front cover, and his 'Christmas Bombe' dresses the back!

Inside the durable covers are 144 shiny quality pages, split over chapters:

1. Party Food (pg 16-29)
2. Christmas Menus (pg 32-81)
3. Breakfast & Brunch (pg 84-95)
4. Lunches & Suppers (pg 98-123)
5. Sweet Treats (Pg 126-141)

along with an 8-page introduction, which includes a double-page narrative from GR and short sections entitled:

* Christmas Fruit & Nuts
* Cheeses
* Wines & other Festive Drinks

Each chapter opens with a double-page spread then it is straight into the recipes (with the exception of the bumper Christmas Menu chapter).

The main recipes are simply laid out in burgundy red and black text on a white background, with the capitalised title, the amount/servings, the list(s) of ingredients, a relative note and/or tip, along with the clear numbered method. Most spread over a double page with a full-page photo on one side. Sometimes there is more than one recipe to a page usually when a suitable accompaniment e.g. a drink is included in a simplified format, such as 'Mulled Wine', on page 17 or 'Christmas Smoothie', on page 86, or 'Mincemeat' on page 135.

The Christmas Menu chapter is usefully subdivided into:

1. Roast Turkey Menu
2. Beef Wellington Menu
3. Glazed Ham Menu
4. Sea Bass Menu
5. Roast Goose Menu

and has a summary of the all the recipes included in a banner (text in white on the burgundy background) at the top of the first page, along with a guide to 'Planning your Time', before and on the Big Day.

Great photography from Chris Terry throughout, with one of GR himself on each page of that aforementioned Christmas Menu chapter!
There is a peppering of 2 page-spreads without pictures but these are in the minority and tend to be accompaniments or GR's usual extra for 'ways with', in this case, 4 ideas for each of:

* smoked salmon
* cooked turkey
* cooked ham
* stilton

The book winds up with a 3-page index, which is usefully cross-referenced for easy searching.

Typical GR banter throughout, e.g. 'Pumpkin Risotto' (a similar recipe to that in Ramsay's Best Menus)

'I had to include a risotto in this book, if only because it's a diversion from all the festive meat and poultry. I made it with leftover purée from my pumpkin soup, but you can certainly use fresh, diced squash or pumpkin - just sauté with some butter and seasoning until tender, then stir into the cooked risotto before serving. This is the way we cook risottos at the restaurants - parboiling the rice first so that you only need about 10 minutes to finish off the dish before serving.'

NOTE : Oven timings given in the recipes are guidelines based on fan-assisted ovens and an inside cover note stresses the need to know your own oven and its capabilities!

A small taste of the other recipes contained within:

* Pumpkin Tartlets with Sage & Thyme
* Marinated Beef Skewers with Garlic & Rosemary
* Stilton Gougères
* Christmas Star Fruit Punch
* Light Steamed Pudding with Whiskey Cream
* Pan Fried Scallops with Caper, Raisin & Olive Vinaigrette
* Watercress Purée
* Pannacotta with Pomegranate Glaze
* Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil & Croûtons
* Pear & Saffron Chutney
* Potato and Celeriac Dauphinoise
* Sherry Glazed Figs with Pine Nut Brittle
* Christmas Muesli
* Chestnut Muffins
* Ham and Potato Cakes
* Linguine with Mushrooms & Truffle
* Salmon Salad Niçoise with Coddled Eggs
* Winter Minestrone with Walnut Pesto
* Italian-Style Trifle
* Vanilla Shortbread
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful Christmas Cookbook by Gordon Ramsay, 5 Nov 2013
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I am slightly biased here because switching my ears off to his language I do really like Gordon and he is innovative as ever in this book and what I like most of all about it as that it's easy for ordinary cooks such as myself to follow. So thanks to Gordon I hope to excel myself this Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended, 11 April 2014
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Excellent easy instructions..well written great recipes for Christmas or any time of the year. Wish book contained few more recipes!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super ideas, 19 Jan 2014
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A good selection of recipes with Gordon Ramsay's flair, a good addition to a collection of recipes if you like something a little bit different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, 12 Jan 2014
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The simplicity of his traditional recipes with a fresh touch were an inspiration for me. I thoroughly enjoyed using a number of his recipes - I actually wanted to get in the kitchen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, 31 Dec 2013
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brought for son who is a 2nd year student studying catering at college. He has enjoyed making some of the food
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 16 Dec 2013
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The writing style is very basic - it’s obviously all from Gordon himself you get the sense that he’s genuinly loves his cooking. Easy to follow receipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift, 25 Nov 2013
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This is a really smart looking book, well presented and a great gift, I havent used this book as it is a gift but on looks alone it really stands out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 1 Jun 2013
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this item was great. It dose everything it said it would do. I would buy this item again if needed to.
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