- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1st Edition edition (15 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845333586
- ISBN-13: 978-1845333584
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.4 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recipes to Know by Heart Hardcover – 15 Sep 2008
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Xanthe Clay is the main food columnist for The Saturday Telegraph, replacing Tom Norrington Davis and before him Tamasin Day Lewis. Xanthe's previous book, It's Raining Plums, was voted one of the most useful cookbooks of all time by Waitrose Food Monthly. Uniquely shows you how to adapt favourite classic recipes to each season's produce. Will appeal to Saturday Telegraph readers, people who enjoyed Xanthe's prevoius books, and people who are new to shopping and cooking seasonally and need inspiration.
About the Author
Xanthe Clay is a talented chef and the main food columnist for The Saturday Telegraph. Xanthe's former Saturday Telegraph column, Reader's Recipes (a short, single column weekly piece), ran for 8 years. It was the inspiration behind her previous book, It's Raining Plums, which was voted one of the most useful cookbooks of all time by Waitrose Food Monthly.
Top Customer Reviews
There are a few typos, notably in the baking section, but nothing that the application of common sense won't sort out.
I must take objection to the reviewer who objected to the given cooking temperatures: maybe it's just my (admittedly dubious) oven, but 325 F for a sponge cake is accurate in my opinion.
Overall, then, a highly useable, comprehensible book. It may not be the flashiest or most exciting on the shelf but for basic technique and some useful recipes, it's excellent.
However, having heard the piece on Radio 4 some time ago, I bought two copies - one for my sister and one for my boyfriend for Christmas. As people who don't cook regularly they both absolutely love it and find it full of useful information, including a summary of meat cooking times. I also found it useful to re-affirm some of the recipes I thought I knew!
The style is easy to read without being patronising, and her approach (suggesting what can be added to basic recipes to make other dishes) makes cooking seem much more accessible than a book full of individual and convoluted recipes.
There may well be other books on the market that do something similar, however I would highly recommend this book for either a beginner, or for someone wanting to build up their confidence in the kitchen.
Now she has had a chance to show her true cooking colours so to speak and does so adopting a practical and confidence inducing approach yet with delicious results rather than through glossy nonsense and cheffy twaddle .
I agree with the previous reviewer that her Anglo French approach is much more my thing than Appetite was and her style much more ingratiating than Slater's rather coy and arch writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book for any kitchen, one I shall go back to time and again. I have bought this book several times before for gifts and they were always well received.Published 14 months ago by Richard Sharples
Brought this for my sis in law....she needs some help in the kitchen!!
It's got loads of great tips and recipes.
Definitely would recommend
It is the only cook book you need, full of suggestions to make every recipe your own. Simple and easy to work with.Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by Irena Rowden
If you are looking for basic recipes that you can learn and then adapt this is the book you need. My sister-in-law saw this and ordered one herself.Published on 24 Jun. 2013 by Tracy Childs