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The Masterchef Cookbook Hardcover – 18 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (18 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405351705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405351706
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a fan of the MasterChef series, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book. Wonderful recipes with valuable MasterTips (little sidebars explaining some basic technique or product). The recipe descriptions are very clear to me. Too bad not every recipe is accompanied by a picture, on the other hand, this way there is more room for more recipes. If you're a MasterChef fan, you'll love this book - it's a trip down memorylane. And if you're not, you will still love the recipes!
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A wide range of mouth watering dishes - some of the very best from the series. Only one little gripe - it would have been useful to have a photograph for every delight. But perhaps half the fun is in creating your own unique designs! Thoroughly recommended
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Format: Hardcover
The smiling faces of John and Gregg adorn the durable hardboard cover which opens to 400 high quality shiny pages, spilt over main chapters:-

* Starters
* Vegetables & Fish
* Poultry
* Meat
* Game
* Desserts

sandwiched between individual forewords from the 4 judges:-

* John Torode
* Gregg Wallace
* Michael Roux Jr.
* Monica Galetti

and a 14-page index.

The last page lists the contributing chefs and the 'inspired by' recipes are attributed accordingly, a few to celebrities, based on the original dishes and written by Amy Carter.

Each chapter has a simple two page opening, a brightly coloured page on the left and the title with a simple snapshot photo of one of the recipes, then straight into the first recipe without further ado.

Each recipe is well laid out with the colourful title in capitals at the very top of the page then the accreditation, followed by the prep. & cooking times; the number of servings; the list(s) of ingredients and a clear numbered method.
Occasionally a recipe runs over more than one page.

For the majority of recipes, there is supplementary information on a range of applicable subjects, in the form of a 'MASTER TIP', e.g.:-

* Blanching Vegetables
* Truffles and Lardo
* Caramelizing Fruit
* Making Beurre Blanc
* Making the Ravioli
* Boning a Pork Loin
* Red Thai Curry Paste
* Chipotle Chillies

some of which also carry useful step-by-step photography, e.g.
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I picked up this book, I imagine like everyone else, attracted by the idea of creating Masterchef style delights at home.

It's a big book and so good value, with loads and loads of recipes. Recipes range from those that look relatively easy to achieve to the "Pave of salmon, vegetable terrine, consomme of san marizano an quail's egg jelly". Some of the ingredient lists do look a bit intimidating, but that's pretty much what I expected from a Masterchef book.

Not allo recipes have photos, but the ones that do look amazing. While there's no celebrity chef-stype introduction to recipes, it's a great book to leaf through.

Included are some unusual recipes, like for quails, tial and guinea foul - which is great if you've seen such things at supermarkets or game dealers but been put off by the lack of a recipe at home.

There are a couple of criticisms... firstly, much of the appeal of the tv show hinges on how the completed dishes look. I'd therefore expected more help on how to present food; whenever I have a shot at doing all artful blobs of sauce on the plate, it just looks rubbish. Maybe it's just me, but I think a section on the tools and techniques for making food look good would have been a great addition to the book.

Also, I suspect most of us have more opportunity to cook Mastercheffy sort of food for two, rather than four. All the recipes are for four, it might have been more useful to provide more recipes for two, as sometimes if there's odd numbers of eggs or whatever, it's easier to double up than half ingredients.

The book does focus quite a lot on particular types of ingredients - goats' cheese, duck and "cannons of lamb" feature very heavily.
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Format: Hardcover
A long term fan of this show and desperate for more inspiration I bought this book without any hesitation.
The recipies are clear and not overly complicated. Pictures are bright and appealing.
Should keep me going for a bit
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Actually bought wrong book but love the smoked haddock risotto- bit of a surprise as only made it for partners sake! Personally I don't have the passion or time to spend 1 hour 30 mins as in several recipes to make 4 components of one recipe but may impress once in a blue moon.
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Brilliant book had a meal from it last night, it was something i have never tastes before unreal how great it was! Would buy this book for all the family
top rating and delivery top class as well
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The MasterChef juggernaut is a rolling! The book has lots of easily achievable recipes for the keen home cook and whilst it is clear about explaining the bleeding obvious (like how to crush biscuits for a cheesecake), it lacks some detail on some technical cooking methods. It does however give you new ways of using family favourites that will delight family and friends. Def worth buying!
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