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The Pleasure is All Mine: Selfish Food for Modern Life Hardcover – 1 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006168712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061687129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wickedly funny manifesto for the hungry single girl that makes solo dining effortless as well as fabulous, with musings on the catering industries of New York, LA, Paris and London, where Pirret was a chef at Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Fifteen." --Marie Claire (UK)<br /><br />'...it doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious.' 'Minimal mess, perfect meals, and a kicker for your health at the same time. This is solitary eating at its best.'
--Men's Health, June 2009<br /><br />'n her first book, The Pleasure is All Mine, she is savage on the subject of rude guests, poor table manners and unappreciative recipients of her carefully prepared dishes. --The Daily Telegraph

'...it doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious.' 'Minimal mess, perfect meals, and a kicker for your health at the same time. This is solitary eating at its best.' --Men's Health

'n her first book, The Pleasure is All Mine, she is savage on the subject of rude guests, poor table manners and unappreciative recipients of her carefully prepared dishes. --The Daily Telegraph

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'...it doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious.' 'Minimal mess, perfect meals, and a kicker for your health at the same time. This is solitary eating at its best.'

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Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book without any expectations, but this was a tremendously good read, I finished it in less than 24 hours.
Pirret's style of writing is very clever, captivating and funny. At times I found myself laughing in tears. See the chapter about table manners for example. The humour is witty and ironic, right up my alley.

The level of recipes ranges from fairly simple to intermediate, not as exhaustive as "The French Laundry Cookbook" but not as easy as "quick meals in less than 10 minutes" either. Many of the recipes have an oriental touch (mussels in lemongrass broth, lamb chops with lemongrass, crispy duck with warm fresh plum sauce) and there are plenty of recipes for dessert and chocolate lovers (wild blueberry tart, fresh pineapple tarte tatin, lemon-lime gelato, Valrhona chocolate truffles, peanut butter cups, warm chocolate fondant).

Some readers might find it confusing that the recipes are not presented in a classical manner with the ingredients listed to one side and the instructions beside or below it, but rather the recipes are written as narratives with the ingredients highlighted in bold.
There are no photographs in the book, they didn't even seem necessary to me as Pirret paints such vivid images with words.

Waiting for her second book :)
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I have cookbooks that I will use more often, but few that I enjoy more this. Rattlingly well-written with some wonderfully indulgent recipes, Suzanne Pirret is the lovechild of Anthony Bourdain and Angelina Jolie.

Not one to give a kid who can't boil an egg as a going to university present perhaps, but if you love food, and believe you need a shamelessly selfish treat, this comes highly recommended.
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Divine, beautiful, funny, delicious, decadence personified; just like the author I bet!! Food & Sex? Yes please and i don't mind in which order! The stories and recipes ooze pleasure and passion, which are the key ingredients for a happy & healthy life.
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I am sure these recipes are great, but without pictures - I didn't even bother. When are cookbook authors going to realise the importance of accompanying imagery? We eat with our eyes first. So disappointed as she is s lovely person.
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This is a delightful read - something that can't often be said about cookbooks! The recipes I have tried so far are delicious and have encouraged me to cook things I wouldn't have attempted before. But you won't just be scanning the index and jumping to a specific recipe in this book... you will be reading it cover to cover, laughing and working up an appetite. At one point you might even wish you were a pizza delivery boy (read the book and you will know what I mean by this!).

This is one addition to your kitchen that you won't regret.
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