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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490837
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delightful old-fashioned cover, plus properly practical contents -- Rachel Cooke Observer Food Monthly Brilliant ... Finely honed culinary instincts, an open mind and a capacious cookbook collection ... Miss Cloake has them all Evening Standard Instead of flitting from Nigel to Nigella to Jamie, simplify your culinary life and plump for this invaluable book instead Bookseller 20110513

About the Author

Felicity Cloake is a journalist and food writer from London. She writes for the Daily Mail, the Metro and Fire & Knives magazine and has a weekly column in the Guardian. She was named Food Journalist of the Year and won the New Media of the Year Award at the 2011 Guild of Food Writers Awards. Her first book, Perfect, is published by

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Foster VINE VOICE on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Felicity Cloake has laughable knife-skills, an endearing little speech impediment that likely makes her unintelligible to most Americans, and is short on knowledge on several important cooking techniques. But she has a real way with finding the perfect recipe. Not familiar with her "Perfect" format? She makes several recipes taken from various top-of-their-game chefs, describes the strengths and weaknesses of each one in detail, and then melds them all into her idea of perfection.

Her ideas are damn good, but if you disagree with any decision she makes, you can simply reverse it by substituting some road she didn't travel. The other recipes are described in enough detail that each recipe can easily fan out into a dozen distinctly different ones.

But if you still pay attention to American health warnings about food ("Margarine is good for you! Butter is bad!") then you should know that's she's ... authentic. Her Perfect Cornish Pasties call for lard in the pastry. You might think to bravely substitute butter, but the pastry recipe ALSO calls for butter, so just suck it in and buy some (preferably fresh) lard, OK? Your mouth and your guests will thank you, giving you time to make your own separate peace with your bathroom scale.
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By NRL on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Forget pretty pictures, this a great read, as Felicity Cloake compares different chefs approaches to the dish she is describing and then gives you her take on the best combination of all their skills to create a finale recipe.
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