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Great range of our regional dishes, served up by Dave and Si.....
on 13 August 2012
I really like The Hairy Bikers, even though they are a couple of wallies, albeit extremely likeable and enthusiastic ones!
I never miss anything they do on TV, although it never ceases to amaze me just how silly they are willing to make themselves look, all in the interest of entertainment!
I think though that ultimately what it comes down to for me is (and many other fans of the dynamic duo) that they firstly seem like genuinely nice and funny guys, and that secondly they regularly cook the type of food most people really like; hearty food that isn't too complicated to emulate, but that usually must be made or eaten in moderation because of their apparent desire to stay away from anything healthy.
Another thing that sets The Hairy Bikers cookery books apart from many others, is that it is only ocassionally that they include recipes I would be unwilling to try.
Anyway on to this book, 'The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain'.
I thoroughly enjoyed the series that this book accompanies, if memory serves me correctly it ran for a total of thirty episodes; it ran each evening, Monday to Friday, for six weeks. I loved the way in which each episode concentrated on a particular region, and the dishes that have been handed down from generation to generation; each episode culminated in a 'cook-off' between The Hairy Bikers and one of the regions more respected chefs, each presenting their own interpretation of a regional dish to a small discerning group of diners to vote for, some The Bikers won and some they lost (which was refreshing to see).
This book follows the same format, and includes a section on every region they visited, beginning with some brief background and then the recipes and cooking instructions fot the two 'cook-of' meals from that episode; there are also additional recipes included of some of the more popular/mouthwatering dishes the show featured from each episode.
The book is well laid out, as always with Hairy Biker books, and is full of beautifully photographed food; I particularly like the way in which they word the recipes, they are always clear, well detailed and 'jargon' free.
My only slight criticism with this book is that I didn't like some of the recipes provided by the regional guest chefs; I think that sometimes in their attempt to beat The Hairy Bikers they produced dishes that were over complicated and not in keeping with the theme of Hairy Biker books, there are several such dishes contained within that I would never try. Apart from this a recommended purchase.