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The River Cottage Meat Book
The River Cottage Meat Book
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your collection, 23 Aug. 2010
"Meat" is a wonderful book that approaches all aspects of what we consume (from a meat pov). From the ethics of eating meat, to tools (pots/pans etc), to cooking it and recipes. It's comprehensive and a book that will keep on giving - its a wonderful reference and a pleasure to read. The passion Hugh Fernley Whittingstall has for the subject matter translates into the book, and makes it a unique and essential addition to your cook book collection. From detailed descriptions of meat cuts, to a range of recipes that stretch from traditional meat dishes to curries to slow cooked Chinese pork etc. This is a book you will find yourself turning to again and again.
The book also seems particularly special because of the large amount of pages devoted to just sheer discussion of certain meats and techniques. For example almost 4 full pages of full text is devoted to just discussing slow cooking. In his dialogue, Hugh Fernley Whittingstall references his personal experiences and what he's learnt through others - drawing on them to present the best advice and options for you. And this is before we even get into the recipe section! On a personal level, I now swear by some of the techniques I've enhanced through the book. Some of the great dishes I've made in the past have been taken to the next level through applying some gems of insight through reading "Meat".
If you love meat, then this is your book. You will not regret buying it. It was given to me as a present, and I have bought it for 2 other people in turn as gifts as well (both whom loved it too). Its a great big book that will take pride of place on your book shelf. Enjoy!


Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The time-honoured ways are the best - over 700 recipes show you why
Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The time-honoured ways are the best - over 700 recipes show you why
by Darina Allen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book - great as a gift as well!, 23 Aug. 2010
Forgotten Skills of Cooking is a beautifully presented book. I purchased it as a present for a friend who's cook book collection is well over a hundred cookbooks - and this was a welcome and stand out addition for her. In fact, I loved it so much, I had to buy it for myself as well! 'Forgotten Skills' is laid out well chapter wise. Its chapters like "Foraging" early in the book are unusual and a delight to read (although probably not as useful on a day to day being a city dweller). Its individual chapters for "Preserving", "Bread", and "Puddings" are great as well, along with the various meat chapters. It's wonderful to read with an old-school, homely approach to cookery, ingredients and methods. The accompanying pictures and beautiful purple ribbon bookmark against the colours of the book, give reading it the feel that you are travelling back in time, and recapturing a time when food was down to earth, and honest. It visits some aspects of cooking that are almost secretive, and attempting certain processes in the book is like playing tribute to how your granny and how she cooked! Along with information about ingredients and techniques, Darina's dialogue of her personal tips throughout (linking it back to Ballymaloe or her childhood etc) provide a more intimate tone throughout the book (making it something I've found myself just reading just for sheer pleasure, when not even looking for a recipe). With regards to recipes - I've cooked a number from the book, each has always turned out well if you follow them step by step. I think part of the reason the book is so special as well, is because it has recipes for things like how to make your own black pudding or preserving, its has lots of little gems in there for everyone. Well worth purchasing, its pretty unique and you will love it!


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