- 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)
Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Family Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
'For my mum and Dad.
I hope my children grow up with the same sense of love and comfort that you gave me.
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:-
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent cook book such an easy guide and I have downloaded onto my kindle ready for even easier reference
Well worth the purchsse