- 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)
The Pleasure is All Mine: Selfish Food for Modern Life Hardcover – 1 Apr 2009
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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
'...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.'
Top Customer Reviews
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 :)
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.
This is one addition to your kitchen that you won't regret.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suzanne Pirret has really hit the nail on the mark with this sassy and fantastic book, which offers more then simple yet sophisticated recipes, as it is also a reflection on living... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2010 by Danny Puopolo
I found this book disappointing - ingredients for the recipes were often obscure in the U.K. and unobtainable for people who do not live in a major city.Published on 24 July 2009 by M. D. Forgan
This is a terrific book. In fact, it's the most innovative cookbook of the year. It mixes hilarious tales with simple recipes that make the creation of some sublime dishes seem... Read morePublished on 6 July 2009 by Dr. W. Garvie
How many chiles (sic) to put in a dish ??.... "1=mild; 2=fiery; 3 or more= an interesting evening of oral sex"..... WTF!... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2009 by Bondy