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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, useful book with recipes that are simple to make, 17 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course (Hardcover)
When buying cookery books, I think you have to look past who is writing them and actually judge the recipes for themselves. Obviously a celebrity name sells books, and I have bought a few of Gordon Ramsay's books before. Recipes from a 3 Star Chef Limited Edition for example was way beyond my level of skill with each dish requiring probably several hours of preparation, while Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food: More Than 100 Delicious, Super-Fast, and Easy Recipes featured much simpler recipes and was therefore far more useful to me. This latest book, to accompany the TV series currently being shown on Channel 4 in September 2012 (watch clips online via the Channel 4 website), features recipes that are relatively simple to make and offers bits of very good general advice. Regardless of whether this book was written by Gordon Ramsay or anyone else, I would rate it very highly. If you're highly skilled in the kitchen, you might regard this book as a little too simplistic perhaps (although everyone can always learn new things no matter how experienced you are), but for most people they will be able to pick up a few useful techniques and recipes. Like most Gordon Ramsay books, it guides you on basic equipment and utensils that you will need, as well as giving instructions on making simple, fundamental things.

One of the best features of this book for me is that it covers such a wide variety of dishes. A lot of cookbooks focus on one particular type of food, be it fish, meat, pastry or whatever else, but there is a wide enough variety of recipes here to keep most people happy I would think. There are well over 100 recipes in a pretty thick book. A slight downside is that not all of the recipes have accompanying photographs, which could be a problem if you're looking for visual vindication of what you're cooking, but the instructions are straightforward and easy to follow so it's not a big problem. The vast majority of recipes do have photographs. A lot of the recipes contain instructions on how to use herbs/spices/chillis in the best way to produce the most flavour, which is a key theme through the book. Therefore if you're looking for ways to cook food full of flavour using relatively simple techniques that may not be obvious, this is the biggest strength of this book and the main reason that I would highly recommend it.
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 12:39:21 BDT
Amazon has low margins therefore low profits. Ignorant fools who think Amazon should pay even more tax (have you seen how VAT is lately?) should try to understand the difference between a profit and cost.
BTW in a recent interview, Gordon Ramsay said his restaurants were making about 5million profit, should he pay corporation tax on the amount coming into his tills (not deducting salaries, the cost of ingredients, rent on premises), that's about 45 million? Remember that's only corporation tax, he's paying welfare taxes for staff, they pay more welfare taxes and income tax and he collects VAT (rough guess 8million).

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2013 08:13:09 GMT
S. Marshall says:
Your rhetorical question about whether Gordon should pay cooperation tax, bothers me slightly. It makes it sound like like it is optional, which is what it seems to have morally evolved to with some recent creative accountant practices. The less tax corporations pay the more the person on the street is burdened. You can't blame them, and while tax legislation is not international there does not seem to be any easy answer, without some global cooperation, which makes me fear a painful solution will eventually break through.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 04:31:18 BDT
Martin says:
VAT doesn't apply to books.
Tax only applies to profit and not revenue. Tax cannot exceed profit.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2015 21:19:06 GMT
Luigi says:
Has any of this got to do with the book?
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