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Comprehensive, seductive cookbook
The Cook's Book - Marcus Wareing
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The Cook's Book - Marcus Wareing
Advantages: Great recipes, great chefs, great pictures
Disadvantages: A lot of the pictures are unrealistic
Available for 20 quid with the Book People.com or a lot more with some other online or high street bookstores, this is a cook book for people who really love food and cooking.
It says it is Marcus Wareing but this is a collaboration of a dozen damned good chefīs from around the world, it is 684 pages long and covers simple as well as advanced cooking techniques.
This is a complicated cookbook, but it does segment itself well, with sections for cooking meat, fish, vegetables, bread, desserts, using spices, using knives, advanced cooking etc.
The sections are all fronted by experts in the field, so Marcus Wareing writes the section on meat, his recipe for pork chops with an onion sauce is pretty awesome and not complicated enough to even bamboozle me, there are also more advanced techniques which require special equipment and really good cuts of meat that I havenīt tried yet.
Ken Hom covers Chinese food and attention to detail is the key in all of the recipes, there are probably only about 10 recipes per section but this are backed up by great pictures, really comprehensive instructions and advice.
I really enjoyed the New Zealand chef Peter Gordonīs tour through how and when to use spices, its the kind of thing you are expected to simply know, but if you donīt have the pallette, advice like this is gratefully received.
American chef, Charlie trotter covers fish, from descaling and cutting to the best cooking techniques, some of the recipes are mouth watering and really deserve special attention as does the section on seafood.
There are sections on Sushi, Latin American and Mexican food, Indian Cuisine and Ferran Adriā the renowned chef at El Bulli provides a recipe for Potato Foam, unfortunately you need special equipment, but its just that kind of book for the dreaming foodie where you can try unusual recipes from some of the worlds great chefs.
This is an awesome cookbook and a brilliant coffee table book too, which I really enjoy reading and looking at and would recommend to anyone who enjoys food.
Summary: Comprehensive, seductive cookbook
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