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The best cookbook there is.,
This review is from: Roast Chicken and Other Stories (Ebury Paperback Cookery) (Paperback)
Some of the reviews below criticise this book for sounding 'strange', promoting the author's own preferences, and being too picky (and too french). The real benefits of this book are exactly the same - it's an invitation to cook beautiful, extraordinary food as well as possible, from a writer who clearly loves eating as much as he loves cooking.
I've been using this book for about five years now, and, with the possible exception of Gammon And Spinach, have yet to find a better one. Following the recipes to the letter will teach you a surprising amount about technique, and will make you a happier, fatter person. One reviewer complains that recipes ask for specific ingredients - New season's garlic, for instance. Well, if you can't buy it, what's the point in cooking the recipe with inferior ingredients? there are plently of others to try. A battery chicken will never taste like a poulet de bresse, and no amount of cookbooks will change that. If you put the effort in, you'll be repaid in style.
Oh, and the chapter on veal isn't inhumane, provided you buy meat from UK reared calves (rose veal). It's not crated or tortured, and is a lot more respectable than the battery pigs and caged chickens that go into your supermarket sandwich.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2011 21:53:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2011 22:15:27 BDT
Oh please. Is early season garlic really so much better than what you may have purchased in Sainsbury's two days ago? Agree completely your comments re veal and battery pigs/chickens, but garlic? Get a life! Too far south? Too far somewhere.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2012 18:07:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2012 18:08:47 BDT
Katherine, it is quite obvious that you have never grown garlic!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2012 19:26:52 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 07:33:29 GMT
Katherine. Growing garlic is easier than any of the things you cope with on a daily routine.
A wife(50 yrs wed) mother and grandmother.
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