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Chef Ramsay & his Family

a cookbook by Gordon Ramsay

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A Deliciously Simple Way to Entertain Guests!

  • Apr 20, 2009
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There's something about using a cookbook that makes me feel like being a kid again, long before you could "google" just about any recipe. If you're anything like me, entertaining guests is a necessity and serving nothing but the best is the only option. While I've always been one to rely on the internet lately for gathering some of the best recipes, I was actually quite pleased with this purchase!

The book is packed with inspiring and delicious, easy to follow recipes with beautiful pictures (which are usually lacking in most internet recipes). After all, it's nice to see what your food "should" turn out to look like, right? The recipes are laid out over 269 pages, with dishes to please just about any taste, split over the following chapters: Hot and cold soups, Pasta and grains, Fish and shellfish, Meat and poultry, Pies and tarts, Vegetables and salads, Puddings and ices, Chocolate and coffee and the Basics.

Although the "Poached rabbit legs with gremolata" is a little too complex for my tastes and has a high unlikelihood of EVER being prepared in my kitchen, some of my favorites (and my guests') include the grilled vege lasagna, wild mushroom barley risotto and honey roast ham. For dessert, the lemon meringue pie, chocolate swirl cheesecake & caramelized apple pie recipes top the list!! Gordon Ramsey and the writers added tons of personal touches and anecdotes, which was a great way to separate it from being just another cookbook.

The dishes are prepared using fresh, easily accessible, known ingredients, helpfully avoiding the ingredients that are difficult to come by and rather expensive. Whether you're a beginner or an expert in the kitchen, you'll appreciate the tasty, easy to prepare recipes, ideal for family meals, dates and dinner parties alike! Oh, and it would make for a great gift too!!

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Chef Gordon Ramsay's latest cookbook, Cooking with Friends, is filled with over 100 seasonal, inspiring British recipes that use only the freshest of ingredients. Gordon believes in supporting local producers by gather ingredients from farmers markets, which haven't journeyed miles to reach our plates. The book bridges the gap between Gordon Ramsay's working kitchen and his table at home with his wife and four children. Although he lives a busy lifestyle, Gordon believes in the importance of sitting down with friends and family to share a meal as often as possible. In this book, Gordon shares recipes that he loves to cook, including Chorizo, broad bean and mint couscous; Scallop brochettes with coriander and chili butter; Smoked salmon and horseradish cream tarts and Toffee and chocolate steamed pudding.
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