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A Year in My Kitchen Hardcover – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2006
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Winner of 'Cookery Book of the Year' at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2007 --Guild of Food Writers
'I am completely in tune with Skye Gyngell's approach to food, which is suited to a Mediterranean repertoire of ingredients and I often go to her A Year in My Kitchen for inspiration.' --Independent on Sunday, October 2012
About the Author
Australian by birth, Skye Gyngell worked at a number of Sydney s culinary establishments before moving to Paris to complete her formal training under Anne Willan at La Varenne. After a stint at the Dodin-Bouffant in Paris, Skye moved to London to work at The French House, The Dorchester and The Sugar Club. She then spent a number of years working as a private chef with a rota of high profile clients. She currently combines her role as food editor of Vogue magazine with being Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries where she is rapidly gaining the restaurant a reputation for superb food. Petersham won the 2005 Time Out award for Best Al Fresco Restaurant and Most Original Restaurant at the 2006 Tatler Restaurant Awards.
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`A year in my kitchen', Skye's first book, is a real labour of love written with great warmth, thoughtfulness and a serious concern for the seasons. Feeding friends - or customers - is in part about the right attitude; a `generosity of spirit', so she positively encourages us to put our hearts and souls into our cooking.
The basis of her recipes is her `culinary toolbox', a range of flavours that are the starting point for her dishes. The toolbox is based on `sky and earth' flavours that range from leafy green herbs, citrus zest and vinaigrettes (sky) to the earth-bound, woody herbs, toasted nuts or roast spices that add depth to winter meals. Trust me, it does make sense once you have read her explanation and it is far less airy-fairy than it sounds.
Truly a treasure to be absorbed and used throughout the year, "A year in my kitchen" focuses on choosing fresh seasonal produce and preparing it with flair and individuality. It will excite and inspire you and - should you feel the need - put the passion back into your cooking. It will also leave you itching to get in the kitchen to try Skye's ideas.
I have a feeling that this book was not written for profit. This book is a mere result of her love for seasons, the gardens in Nurseries, natural ingredients from the mother nature, and the food to put a smile on your face.
I always feel that Australian cooks understand the essence of Oriental cuisine very well - the importance of contrasting textures in a dish, and the importance of balance in saltiness/ sweetness/ sourness/ bitterness/ spiciness/ umami in flavour. I think they excel at throwing this essence into European dishes to come up with something outstanding.
As below reviewers already mentioned, this book is not for beginners (if you are, go for "The First-Time Cook" by Sophie Grigson. A great book. Fun to read too), and some ingredients are hard to get if you live far away from big cities (well, but, looking at he sunny side of life, you stand far greater a chance to be able to pick wild garlic).
Having said that, this book is brilliant just to have on the bed side. The pictures are so wonderful and it is a sheer joy just to look at them. It makes you feel the world is still a nice place, and there is something you can look forward to making for lunch at the next weekend.
I am going to the Cafe in Petersham Nurseries one day soon!
It is a beautiful book to have around the kitchen or to give as a gift, but, practically, there are few recipes I could see myself settling down to make. The recipes are quite complicated and involved but obviously created with love and enthusiasm by the author herself.
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a lovely book, maybe as a gift