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100% Sure you will receive repeated visits for inspiration and guidance
on 31 January 2014
Michael Caines At Home, from the two-Michelin- starred chef Michael Caines, who has
topped The Sunday Times Food List, The Chef differs by distilling the very essence of his Fantastic food.
From the autobiographical two-page introduction, Caines outlines his life and how it has shaped his culinary approach,
including major events - some of which would have been nigh-on impossible hurdles for most people to overcome.
Yet the measure of his modesty is clearly shown, as there is no mention of his MBE in 2006.
At 320 pages, Michael Caines At Home has something for everybody. There are the day-to-day recipes, such as
guacamole and caramelised cauliflower soup or for the more adventurous the much more involved dishes such as crab tortellini with lemongrass and ginger sauce or the langoustine cannelloni and roast partridge with braised chicory and quince purée.
This is the key to the Chefs writing , there is the two-Michelin- starred Gidleigh Park, the epitome of refinement and luxury, but there are also the more accessible Abode properties, and it's pleasing to see that both styles of operation are boldly represented in his book.
The recipes reinforce the Chef's philosophy of seasonality and keeping it local, and there are nice touches to help the
reader build suitable alternatives within dishes and accompaniments. Each recipe is accompanied with a season
indicator, helping cooks to make more informed choices.
Although aimed at the domestic cook, some dishes are descendants from Gidleigh Park, such as salt cod with
lemon purée and chorizo foam, which would take an accomplished chef some time to pull off correctly.
The high-quality images are provided by food photographer David Griffin, who counts some of the South West's finest
chefs, such as Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth, as previous clients. Every dish is captured in an
enhancing context, whether they are restaurant- style or the more homely variety - and each makes you salivate
more than the previous.
I can Promise that, Michael Caines At Home will receive repeated visits for inspiration and guidance, but mainly for
the ease of use in its informative style.