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on 4 January 2008
I have found this to be an extremely useful cook book and believe it delivers everything it states in the title - an excellent offering of Sunday lunch menus.

The summary of timings is extremely useful for planning what can be made ahead and I have lost count of the number of times I have made the beef casserole and mustard mash - excellent for a cold winters day. The range of recipes is varied and I have used some dishes such as beef wellington for dinner parties, which has added another dimension.

The recipes are both easy to follow and make which means it can be used by all wannabe cooks, irrespective of ability.

Overall, highly recommended.
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Frustrated by the average Briton not sitting down to some home-cooked food, perhaps in the good company of friends and family, acclaimed Michelin chef and "man of the people" Gordon Ramsay took it upon himself to go and get Britain cooking again, with the traditional Sunday Dinner being at the middle of his campaign.

This artily-designed, hardback book contains recipes that featured on the "F Word" television series with Ramsay and is split into 25 different chapters based around specific ingredients or food styles. Set as a meal, the recipes would be a typical starter, main and dessert. At the start of the book is an introduction designed to inspire the reader and then a detailed recipe list. After a mass of recipes, advice and lots of pictures of the "great man" doing his "stuff" the book ends with a few basic recipes and then a typical index.

There is nothing wrong with this book per se, it certainly covers a wide range of different dishes ranging from the relatively simple and basic to the more engaging, fussy dish. It is good that the reader, particularly the relatively-inexperienced, has some challenges ahead. Unfortunately the book's design seems to lack a common thread or purpose. It appears that someone had run amok in a paint and font factory and threw the various elements to the four winds. The blur of colours, different font sizes, faces and attempts to be "ultra modern" with design were, after a time, distracting and the book just felt a bit too hard work to plough through. This is a shame when you see the recipes, consider the knowledge of the chef and his attempts at passing his knowledge on to a wide audience. There is even a free DVD that shows Ramsay cooking a typical Sunday lunch.

The recipes themselves, design issues notwithstanding, are quite easy to understand and follow and Ramsay's writing and presentation style is encouraging and it does not assume you are a member of his kitchen brigade with the attendant understanding of culinary terms and methods. When you consider that this book does a good job at mixing education and entertainment together, it is a shame that the design just seems to get in the way and try to become the main message. If you are able to shut this out then the book could be perfect as you get a lot of useful hints and tips, recipes and background knowledge. If you are not able to switch it all out there is a good chance you will get very frustrated and maybe even copy Ramsay and start expressing your views in rather fruity anglo-saxon terms and more besides.

If possible, and you perceive a need for a book of this kind, try and look at it beforehand. It is worth a visit to the bookstore to consider it, that much we can promise. This is though a book that has put style a little too much over reader comfort and overall content and that is a crime.
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on 31 March 2007
I was very excited about this book when I got it for Christmas being a big fan of Ramsay's. Maybe I am being harsh on my rating but it contains many recipies which I would not cook. I feel it is guided more towards more formal occasions. It does help with timing in that it give you a timeline for a set of starters, mains and deserts. Also the DVD is quite good. I just think that there are a lot better books which contain a mixture of formal and informal recipies.
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on 7 August 2014
First class! Easy to follow recipes that don't let you down.
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on 28 April 2011
Fantastic!!! It arrived so fast at such a fair price....the book shops of the uk are going to dislike such your great deals! I knew it was a used one when I ordered it so when it came with a tiny scratch on the cover I was not suprised or disappointed....but it's tiny and the book looks like new! Also I can say I've had it for ages and not feel guilty spending my money on treats for myself!!!
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on 5 January 2012
Brilliant recipe book. Great for fans of Gordon and easy to follow steps. Nice basics and realistic recipes bought the book as a christmas gift. Very happy with the content.
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on 4 January 2013
bought it as l love watching the F word and find gordon ramsay funny...its a good cookbook, not spectacular but a reasonable purchase..
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on 2 January 2014
some very interesting recipes in this book which im looking forward to trying out for family and friends coming to dinner.
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on 30 January 2013
I found it good value for money. Not used it yet, but will do so without the "F word". Can't be bad for 1p ;-)))
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on 8 October 2015
recipe for creamed leeks is just amazing, although add some cheese and make it even better.
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