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This review is from: Recipes from a 3 Star Chef Limited Edition (Hardcover)This will become a classic book.
I have loathed Gordon Ramsays previous 'celebrity chef' books which have offered watered down recipes which bore little or no relation to his Michelin star restaurant offerings.
I love this book with an equal passion. It is truely an inspirational work and is at last a book worthy of a Michelin 3 star chef.
The book itself comes in a nice case and is school atlas in size (bigger than A4 so it may not fit on every bookshelf). It is beautifully shot, printed and layed out. Not too disimilar to the French Laundry Cookbook.
This is both a cookbook and a description of running a Michelin 3 star restaurant. The first half of the book (printed on glossy paper) deals with the latter with full size pictures of the finished dishes later detailed and the inspiration behind some of them.
The second half of the book (printed on card) gives the recipes for these. Make no mistake these are the actual 3 star recipes from his Royal Hospital Road Restaurant in Chelsea, London. There are 16 starters 17 main courses and 17 dessert recipes. As you would expect they all look fantastic.
The recipes are each broken down nicely into their individual components with the suggested order for preparation of each including if bits can be made in advance. The text is very clear with lots of advice on how to achieve the desired results. Thumb nail pictures are present with each recipe so you know what you are aiming for and each of the recipes have a section on how to assemble the finished dish.
Most of his classic dishes are in this book including 'Pan-fried scallops with a millefeulle of potato, parmesan veloute and truffle smarties', 'Scallops with sweetcorn puree and quails eggs' and 'Ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon with a lemongrass and chervil veloute'.
Having now cooked several of these recipes including the lobster ravioli the recipes really do work if you are prepared to invest the time and effort and the results are fantastic.
If you have progressed beyond basic cookbooks and are looking for a cookbook to create stunning dinner party fare this is an absolute must. Surely a bible for all Michelin Star Restaurant addicts.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2007 19:52:19 GMT
Mr. B. Ambrose says:
An excellent review and I totally agree with all your words there. I only had to scan through this at book shop to realise this was a special book, and one that as you say isn't just another cook book but a real restaurant quality heaving with ideas and tips book.
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