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Cooking for Friends: Food from My Table Hardcover – 15 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267033
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 3.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Will inspire even the most reluctant cook'. Worcester Evening News

'beautifully illustrated’ Sunday Tribune

‘No one translates restaurant-quality recipes into stuff you can actually do at home like Ramsay'. Five star review in London Lite

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Format: Hardcover
Gordon Ramsay is a GREAT chef - but sometimes his recipes can be too complex for the enthusiastic amateur like myself.
However, this book is just right - in that the recipes are excellent and there is some great stuff in here but, most importantly, the recipes are well written and easy to follow.
I think this is perfect for those who want to cook quality dishes for dinner parties but not spend several days in the kitchen preparing for it!!
Highly recommended.
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Ramsay sets out to create a cookbook worthy of social, family cooking where the process is almost as important as the result - and succeeds. Recipes which are well suited to sharing with those who don't cook much or at all, which aren't hurried and which will forgive the odd oversight here and there when you've forgotten about them temporarily while opening another bottle of red rub shoulders easily with quick, easy and impressive starters, soups, snacks and meals. Nowhere here will you see directions to cut one ingredient macédoine, another paysanne and yet another brunoise... it's all about the sheer enjoyment of spending time in the kitchen and such culinary precision takes a deserved (but surprising, given his pedigree) back seat to fun.

If you're looking to enjoy a sociable afternoon with friends & family creating a meal you can all enjoy, this is the perfect book for you.
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I bought a signed copy from an independent seller on Amazon, and I was very excited to receive it. So far I have made the Shepherd's Pie with branston pickle, and the lamb and prune casserole and both were superb. I can't wait to try some more recipes, as I am sure they will be just as good. The book itself is really nice quality with some lovely photos (unlike most people reviewing this book, I quite like a few pics of Gordon!)
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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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From the front cover flap:-

'Away from the high-octane energy of the professional kitchen, Gordon's home is a relaxed family affair, where cooking s fun and everyone gets involved in preparing food for family and friends. The food Gordon cooks here embodies his strongly held views: use in-season, fresh ingredients at their peak; support local producers and farmers' markets whenever we can; and celebrate our food culture and its many influences.....
...'Cooking for Friends' is full of Gordon's best-loved versions of classic British dishes.....and contains more than 100 of his favourite recipes, which he loves to cook and eat with friends and family - uncomplicated recipes but with Gordon's remarkable feeling for flavour and his technical know-how.'

From the introduction:-

'As a chef, I work at a thousand miles an hour, but when I'm at home, I want to slow down. I leave my chef's jacket at work, and I walk into a domestic setting, where everything is completely different. At home, our kitchen is family-run, and it's a relaxed place. A lot of people see cooking as a chore, but we bring an element of fun into it..........'

GR adorns the hardback cover which opens to 269 high quality matt pages, split over 9 chapters:-

* Hot and cold soups
* Pasta and grains
* Fish and shellfish
* Meat and poultry
* Pies and tarts
* Vegetables and salads
* Puddings and ices
* Chocolate and coffee
* Basics

sandwiched between a 9-page introduction and a full index, which is enhanced with finished-dish illustrations shown in italics.

Each chapter opens with some relevant notes and a list of the recipes contained within, for quick reference.
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By Scottish Footie VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Gordon's cookbooks and I think this is the best yet. I agree with the other reviewer that the recipies are much easier to follow that from the other books I have, and I think that I'll actually use more of them because of it.

And I like the look of the insides more that the other books too. It's not as cluttered and is very smart--but I think I'll add a few of my own splashes from the hob.
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This book is full of inspiring and easy to follow recipes, delicious photography and lots of personal touches and anecdotes which make it a 'real' book. I like the way the dishes are made using accessible ingredients as sometimes celebrity cook books are full of ingredients which are difficult to come by or expensive. In fact I love the old fashioned and 'simple food' element, but above all the recipes are for 'proper' good food, ideal for family meals and social gatherings without days of worry and preparation beforehand.
A must have for everyone who loves to cook good food with simple, quality ingredients.
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