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Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Family Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007225784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007225781
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘It’s nice … I think there needs to be more women on telly and publishing in this country.’ Jamie Oliver speaking on Heart 106.2 about Tana and her book (13th October 2006).

'Hothead TV chef Gordon Ramsay may be the undisputed boss in his kitchen from hell, but at home it's the missus who's clearly in control.' Woman

'Take a seat, Jools [Oliver]. Because you've got nothing on the Ramsays.’ Grazia

'If society is crumbling under the weight of gender wars, the Ramsay household seems solid as a service station rock cake.' Sunday Times

From the Author

Extracted from the Introduction: I must admit that I hardly cooked until I had children. Gordon was always working until at least midnight and I was working all day and stuyding for my teaching course in the evening - I quickly became a Montessori nursery teacher. I more or less lived on quick and easy food and really started cooking when we had children and our first, Megan, began solids. Suddenly I was responsible for everything that went into her tiny tummy. Gordon was working and it was up to me to cook for her. That was when I started to really care about what was in the fridge. I learnt how to cook as Megan's diet became more interesting than vegetable purees. The fact that she was a good eater and showed excitement in what she ate, as subsequently did the other three, meant I actually enjoyed experimenting, too. So that is how I started cooking - never seasoning or over complicating, just simple, family food. I belive home cooking never needs to be any more sophisticated than this. I've tried to keep the recipes in this book as real and as accessible as possible. I've included all of my favourites that I use to feed the family, which also means that they have been given the thumbs up by the children. Some of the recipes are more child-orientated - like fish fingers, for example - but most of them are for the whole family to enjoy.

Tana Ramsay

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Beautifully laid out recipes. Decent mix of quick suppers, slow suppers and puddings.

Portions are absolutely huge - I consider us a hungry family, but we were gob smacked at the quantities in some recipes. Also, the results were bland in some cases - especially considering the number of ingredients.

I agree with some of the other reviewers who mention that instructions were a bit vague. Maybe not a problem if you're a competant cook, but if you're like me you want everything spelled out (lid on or off, diced to what size, roughly how long is 'cook til softened' etc).

Overall, this has been useful to have on the shelf, and a couple of the recipes are gems (my toddler loves the pea puree).
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I'll admit that I was a serious skeptic of this book. What the world doesn't need is another celeb chef, and I shuddered at the thought of their WAG's cookbooks suddenly blocking out the sunlight at Smiths. What I found in Tana Ramsay's book was a pleasant surprise. She's a real mom, that's evident. The recipies are things that kids will eat, and she knows that if you're going to try to push their tastebuds a bit, you're going to have to pick your battles. I don't have a pantry like the Ramsay's, so the alternatives mentioned in the recipies are helpful for me. Already cooked one for the family, who normally hate cabbage, but we've found a winner here and a new addition to the regular weekly rota. If I can get four or five more into the mix, it's a roaring success.

Tana, you've my begrudging respect. I know you have a nanny and help and all that, but if you still cook for four kids and deal with that husband of yours, you can punch with the best of them.
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This book's charming and sincere opening and closing dedications are indicative that this is not just another 'trendy' cookbook from a celebrity wife, cashing in on a partner's talent or fame.

'For my mum and Dad.
I hope my children grow up with the same sense of love and comfort that you gave me.
Thank you.'

From a mother of four young children and with experience in the excellent 'Montessori' method of teaching, comes this new book for 'family cooking', illustrated throughout with family shots.
Largely speaking the recipes are aimed at children, but 'there are tips on how to adapt dishes to suit different ages and tastes and encourage children to experiment with food.........I've also tried to include tips on how to adapt some of the recipes to make them more adult. A splash of wine or a bit of extra seasoning is often all it takes.......'

Tana adorns the front cover of her book which opens to 261 high quality, matt pages, split over main chapters:-

1. Breakfast
2. Lunch Bites
3. Tea-Time Treats
4. Trying New Tastes
5. Cooking from the Cupboard
6. After-School Suppers
7. Cooking in Advance
8. Weekend Lunches
9. Puddings
10. Party Food

sandwiched between a 4-page introduction, handy information about 'vitamins and minerals', a guide to 'essential' and 'luxury' kitchen equipment and a concise index.

'The recipes are organised with most people's weekly routines in mind.'

An interesting introduction heads each chapter, and useful notes appear at the head of most of the recipes.

The book is interspersed with useful tips and variations, e.g.
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Format: Paperback
Followed the recipe exactly and was dubious about the vinegar and brown sugar ingredients to say the least. How wrong I was, absolutely hands down the best beef stew ever!!!
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My sister-in-law gave me her copy of this book - she tried several of the recipes none of which gave her an edible result. I rescued it from the recycling bin thinking it couldn't really be that bad! I'm sorry to say, the few recipes I tried were really poor. As previous reviewers have noted, these recipes haven't been properly tested, the quantities are wrong e.g. recipe on page 138, 'Red pepper and apple meatballs', requires 900g of minced meat for a recipe which is said to serve 4 children - 225g of meat per child!! The 'almond and apricot yoghurt-coated bites' on page 64 should be fool-proof, but the recipe doesn't have enough syrup to stick the dry ingredients together, I could go on, but you get the idea. Avoid this book, the recipes have not been properly tested and will not give you a good result.
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This book was bought as a gift, I would never have bought a celebrity wife's book, however the book is really well put together with basic home cooking receipe. It is however sorely let down by the fact that quite a few of the receipes have not been thoroughly tested. Regardless I still return to this book time and time again. I have all of Jamie Olivers books but this one is the one I look to when thinking of cooking a simple meal for my family. I did email the publishers because of a terrible mistake with the chicken and mango casserole and did not have a reply.
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Great book if you have little time to cook but still want to eat well (and quite healthy). I have already tried 3 recipes (rhubard and peach crumble, lime and ginger salmon fillets with noodles and the roasted sweet tomato and sweet pepper soup). They were all great success with adults (I have no children). I will use some recipes to prepare a nice lunch to bring to work. Most recipes are quite easy (no Gordon Ramsay level required) and so far all have been delicious. Enjoy it.
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