43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Stocking-filler at best,
This review is from: Cooking for Friends: Food from My Table (Hardcover)
This book smacks of the publisher ringing and saying "Gordon, we need a quick book to push out before Xmas". Gordon has then thrown together a few middle-of-the-road recipes and come up with the 'theme' of cooking for friends as a sales pitch. Only around a third of the recipes have accompanying photos, and spaces where they could have a photo of the food, there's a pointless photo of Gordon smiling gormlessly at the camera. A vague attempt at jumping on the Jamie/Hugh bandwagon of "buy fresh/local/organic/free-range" is dotted amongst the very-short intros to each section. And an unnecessary jibe at Delia is thrown in for good measure. There are so many better books out there now.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2008 19:47:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2008 19:47:43 BDT
I couldn't agree more - Ramsey wears the same clothes throughout, (and features an awful lot).......as if the whole thing was shot in a day....at minimal cost and a RRP price of £25 - get a life!
I mean he is hardly a dish, himself......save the photography for the recipes, heh?
He has the most awful dig at Delia Smith in the introduction, 'having reduced his overall cookbook collection of other chefs, considerably..... by taking all 'her' books to the charity shop', due to using tinned mince - YAWN........!
What use is there of all that.......but this comes from the guy who also knocks 'stock cubes', his 'good old chum' MPW endorses! Knock the comp, heh?
And as for the physical book contents of this less than averagely produced book.......-
'Conger eel Bisque' and 'goat stew' ....yeah right ........just the thing to knock up for all your friends for Sunday brunch! Come along?
Posted on 3 Nov 2008 17:58:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2008 17:59:33 GMT
Agree completely. I pre-ordered this book in anticipation of a New Gordon Ramsay COOKERY book - then how disappointed I was to see a photo album of his! I wish I waited and had seen the book first.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2008 17:54:23 GMT
S. L. Herron says:
Thank you for your post - it has stopped me buying the book and being disappointed as I so often I am these days with the mediocre twaddle that the supposed 'great cooks' are turning out ... try Nigella ... Jamie ... and so the list goes on! It seems to me that their passion has gone and their t.v personalities and a far too eager publisher seems to be at the forefront instead of the food. Good luck at finding a good one out there!
Posted on 24 Nov 2008 20:50:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2008 20:50:58 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
Thanks for the honest review. I will be giving this one a miss and will probably have Rick Stein's Coast to Coast on my Xmas wishlist instead - having browsed through it and the Leon cookbook at the bookshop they both have a reasonable amount of recipes I would really like to make (and eat). I can also recommend Sarah Raven's excellent Garden Cookbook and Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros, both of which I own and use regularly. Nigel Slater's books are good too. As for cookbooks full of pictures of the author - Jamie Oliver is guilty of this too - we want pictures of the food not the chef please! I think the dig at Delia might be justified though - what was she thinking with that awful 'How to Cheat' book?!
Posted on 12 Oct 2009 16:47:36 BDT
I was going to write a review, but its all been said here!! The whole point of a cookery book is food, not the chef.
Pointless photos of him and empty tables...yawn.
Posted on 19 Apr 2010 21:40:11 BDT
Lesley Grace says:
I wholeheartedly agree. I was so disappointed and so irritated by Gordon's visog I gave the book away.
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