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Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen: Recipes from "The F Word" Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Nov 2009
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"Gordon's exsquisite new book of world cuisine shows of his recipes in national themes- from Thai to Greek, Indian to French." - HEAT, 7th November 2009 --HEAT, 7th November 2009
"a good book for someone who needs a collection of solid recipes from around the world, and appreciates step-by-step photography for some of the more involved techniques, like making ravioli, or folding dumplings....a great quick-reference for world cuisine." --Design Sponge Blog - Kristina Gill - 13th November 2009
"There's an awful lot to enjoy here, the best bit being that one book covers so much. Now there's no need to cast around your shelves for that quick and easy midweek meal, simply let Gordon be your guide around the world."
--Foodepedia.co.uk - 24th October 2009
"World Kitchen is a trip through the Middle East, Thailand, China, India and beyond. If you like Italian ossobucco and Middle Eastern dolomides, you'll want this number." --Metro London, 24th November 2009
"The chef has selected 100 of his favourite dishes from around the globe...Chinese and Thai are just some of the many cuisines to get the Ramsay treatment." --Waitrose Food Illustrated, December 2009
"Let Gordon be your guide as you discover a world of fabulous flavours." --Hello! Winter Entertaining, 30th November 2009
"Gordon Ramsay's latest book is the fantastic World Kitchen, a collection of his favourite recipes from all over the world...great for the Christmas season parties, like American buffalo wings and meatballs from Italy."
--Observer Food Monthly, 8th October 2009
About the Author
Gordon Ramsay has earned an extraordinary 12 Michelin stars for his restaurants in London and New York. Now a celebrated television presenter, Gordon's award-winning television series include Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word and Cookalong Live. His other bestselling cookbooks - A Chef for All Seasons, Just Desserts, Gordon Ramsay's Secrets, Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, Sunday Lunch, 3*** Chef, Fast Food and Healthy Appetite - are also published by Quadrille.
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And with the 'sample recipe selection', provided by Amazon (please see above) it is easy to peruse a selection of the actual recipes and the general format to get an idea of the degree of difficulty and whether this is one's 'type of cookery book'.
In this latest GR offering we find recipes for the more well-known dishes such as 'Moussaka', 'Lemon Soufflé', and 'Seafood Risotto', mingling with less familiar and intriguing titles such as 'Spanakopita' and 'Cinnamon Kulfi'.
And, from the opening note for that aforementioned 'Lemon Soufflé':-
'It is really not that tricky to make a soufflé and I'm determined to prove it!
Those of you who shy away from them, please give this recipe a go. The secret lies.......'
One cannot help but admire the genuine enthusiasm GR wants to transfer to the reader, with a good level of success, if my experience is anything to go by!
GR decorates the dust-jacket of this publication, as usual......but if you'd rather he didn't......a bright red hardboard cover opens to 256 pages, split into main chapters:-
6. Middle Eastern
sandwiched between an introduction and a comprehensive index.
Each chapter opens with a double title page showing a simple, relevant ingredient on the left and a relevant paragraph on the right, then follow the recipes. The relevant 'cuisine' is also clearly shown in capital letters at the bottom of the pages.
Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, an opening note, the number of servings, the list of ingredients and the method, finishing with serving ideas, if applicable.
Typical GR chatter throughout, e.g. from the opening recipe:-
'Brandade on Garlic Toasts
This is my take on the classic brandade. Instead of salted cod, which calls for lengthy soaking, I gently poach fresh cod in olive oil to achieve a tender and succulent result.
For a delicious starter, serve the brandade and garlic toasts with a lightly dressed mixed salad and chilled crisp, dry white wine.'
And....for starters....that will do me nicely, thank you!
A small taste of the other recipes contained within the covers:-
* Navarin of Lamb with Spring Vegetables
* Chocolate Crêpes with Chantilly Cream
* Griddled Courgettes with Prosciutto
* Spinach and Feta Filo Rolls
* Falafel with Tahini Sauce
* Pappardelle with Rabbit Ragù
* Marsala Roasted Figs with Zabaglione
* Red Braised Pork Belly
* White Bean and Vegetable Soup (an even simpler version of this recipe is shown in the video clip!)
* Taramasalata with Home-Made Pitta
* Tortilla (Madrid-style)
* Paella with Chicken and Chorizo
* Cod with Romesco Sauce (featured in the sample recipe selection)
* Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
* Fish Pie with Leeks and Prawns
* Pad Thai with Prawns
* Spicy Stir Fried Vegetables
* Onion Bhajis with Spicy Green Sauce
* Chicken Madras
* Chicken Pot Pie
* Barbecued Short Ribs with Coleslaw
With a brighter, maybe even fresher finish than of late, this book generally has a less 'rushed-to-publication' look about it -almost more 'up-market', if one is able to say that about the product of a several Michelin-star chef!
It is more than generously interspersed with super photographic work - one of all the finished dishes - and the usual smattering of GR himself, but in less 'ad hoc' situations with this book portraying a more culinary-based, albeit casual picture, such as GR showing sometimes harder to grasp techniques, e.g.:-
* Preparing and Pan-frying Scallops
* Shaping Ravioli
* Shaping Dolmades
It also has Gordon's popular 2-page '5 ways with' ('quick-glance' recipes), e.g.:-
* 5 ways with Steak
* 5 ways with Chinese Greens
My overall favourite recipe, to date, is - (the simplified but just as aromatic) 'Lamb Biryani', from pages 218/219
'Amaretto and Chocolate Torte', from pages 56/57, very accurately described as an 'irresistible chocolate torte'!
It can be made in advance and popped in the fridge to emerge at a later stage, with that 'one I made earlier' air!
And....with Christmas just around the corner (at the time of writing), I am really looking forward to using my inevitable leftovers and trying 'Celery and Stilton Soup with Stilton Toasts'!
Overall, an ambitious sounding book which aims to 'up the ante' in the home cooking and entertaining front:-
'....I hope that the recipes will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new every week.....'
(From the introduction:-
'Any ingredient that is not found at a major grocery chain may require a trip to an Oriental, Middle Eastern or Asian food store, but think of these sorties less as an inconvenience but more of a route to discovery......')
The desserts make your mouth water - Boston Cream Pie, Deep-Dish Cherry Pie, Mississippi Mud Pie, Crème Catalane, Amaretto and Chocolate Torte, Lemon Soufflé and Mango, Lime and Coconut Rice Pudding.
In this book there are selections of his favourite recipes from around the world, clearly laid out recipes, from ten different cuisines
FRENCH - Guinea Fowl braised in cider with caramelised apples
ITALIAN - Sea Food risotto
GREEK - Moussaka
SPANISH - Cod with Romesco Sauce
BRITISH - Rack of Welsh Lamb with samphire
MIDDLE EASTERN - Spinach and feta filo rolls
CHINESE - Five Spice Roast Duck with Plum Sauce
THAI - Chicken in spicy coconut broth
INDIAN - Lamb Biryani
AMERICAN - Maryland Crab cakes
An ideal gift this has to be my favourite Gordon Ramsay Book. An excellent collection of world recipes and beautiful photos to inspire.
Can't wait for the next book!
This is a book for anyone who wishes to have a good collection of recipes from around the world in one cookbook (all the dishes you'd crave if you've only experienced the cuisines in a restaurant) with beautiful photography.
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