Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Roast Chicken and Other Stories

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`There's not a recipe here I don't want to eat immediately.' - Nigella Lawson

Roast Chicken and Other Stories provides an insight into Simon Hopkinson's unique style of unpretentious cooking with 160 of his favourite recipes. Simon Hopkinson's forty favourite ingredients include everyday basics as potatoes, chicken and cod as well as more exotic foods such as asparagus and truffles. The cookbook is arranged alphabetically with a chapter on each food. Unable to hide his great love of food, Hopkinson writes about why he likes each particular ingredient, and gives sensible advice on quality, variety and good cooking principles together with the recipes. The book is aimed at home cooks and all the recipes can be prepared by anyone with basic cooking skills. From Grilled Augergine with Pesto to Roast Chicken and Homemade Ice Cream, Simon Hopkinson's food is always honest and inviting, designed to please rather than simply to impress.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 148 x 208 x 20mm | 599.99g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations throughout
  • 009187100X
  • 9780091871000
  • 44,360

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"A brilliant book: straightforward, readable and full of good things" * Rachel Cooke, Observer * "The most useful cookbook of all time" * Waitrose Food Illustrated * "Retro, yet somehow timeless, it is a delightful, engaging read" * Telegraph Weekend * "Clear, unpretentious vision...Hopkinson is the best" * Daily Telegraph * "Brilliant, easy to use, always entertaining" * Daily Mirror *
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About Lindsey Bareham

Born in Bury, Lancashire, Simon Hopkinson left school at 17 to begin a career as a chef. He opened his first restaurant, the Shed, near Fishguard, just before his 21st birthday. In 1983 he launched himself on the London restaurant scene, becoming chef at Hilaire in the Old Brompton Road. He swiftly found himself one of the most acclaimed young chefs in the business and his friendship with Terence Conran led to the opening of Bibendum in the restored Michelin building in 1987. He retired as a full-time chef in 1995 to concentrate more on writing. As well as Roast Chicken and Other Stories and Second Helpings of Roast Chicken his books include Gammon & Spinach (1998) and The Prawn Cocktail Years (1999) and he also writes a column in the Independent. His critically acclaimed cookery writing has won him the Andre Simon award, and the Glenfiddich Award three times.
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Review Text

"Retro, yet somehow timeless, it is a delightful, engaging read"
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Simon Hopkinson is not just one of Britain's top chefs, he is also a superb natural cook. Roast Chicken and Other Stories takes Simon's favourite ingredients as its starting point - forty of them, from anchovy and asparagus through lamb and leeks to tripe and veal. Many of the recipes are drawn from classic French and British cooking, but ideas from elsewhere (notably South East Asia, the United States, Spain, Italy and Australia) are also incorporated. With recipes such as Grilled Aubergine with Pesto or Sesame, Poached Cod and, of course, Roast Chicken, his food is always honest and inviting, designed to please rather than simply impress.

Winner of both the1994 André Simon and 1995 Glenfiddich awards, this acclaimed book will inspire anyone who delights in getting the nest out of good ingredients and who enjoys sharing the ideas of a truly creative cook.
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