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Cooking for Friends Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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"As a chef, I work at a thousand miles an hour, but when I'm at home, I want to slow down."
way from the high-octane energy of the professional kitchen, Gordon Ramsay makes meals at home that are more relaxed, where cooking is fun and everyone gets involved in preparing food for family and friends. The way Gordon cooks here embodies his strongly held views: use in-season, fresh ingredients at their peak; support local producers and farmers' markets whenever possible; and celebrate the food culture and its many influences.
And while Gordon loves to celebrate traditional food, he proves that it doesn't have to be boring, bland, or uninventive. Cooking for Friends is full of Gordon's best-loved versions of classic dishes—try a slow-cooked dish like Honey Roast Ham or Corn-Fed Chicken Legs with Braised Peas and Onions, or invite people around for a Sunday lunch of Roast Rib-Eye with Caramelized Shallot and Red Wine Gravy. Cook the ultimate in comfort food, Shepherd's Pie with Branston Pickle or Bakewell Tart, and get the kids involved in making Farfalle with Bacon, Peas, and Sage or Grilled Vegetable Lasagne.
Cooking for Friends contains more than one hundred of Gordon's favorite recipes that he loves to cook and eat with friends and family—uncomplicated recipes but all with Gordon's remarkable feeling for flavor and his extraordinary technical know-how.
Sample Recipes from Cooking for Friends
Mixed Berry Tartlets
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Top Customer Reviews
Ramsay's cookbook doesn't fall into an easy classification. This isn't special-occasion cooking for impressing the boss (though several recipes would qualify) nor is it exactly family cooking (though again, several recipes fit into that category). It certainly isn't "30 minute meals" as some recipes require quite a bit of time; yet at least a few of the meals are simple enough for a weeknight dinner. I'd have to call this collection, "Recipes that Ramsay likes to make and his friends and family like to eat." Based on my experimentation, so far, I'd have to say that I LIKE that category.
Chapters are devoted to soups; pasta and grains; fish and shellfish; meat and poultry; savory pies and tarts; vegetables and salads; desserts and ices; chocolate and coffee; and basics (chicken stock, etc.). Around half have photos; that matters to some people. About 50 pages of the 260-page book are devoted to desserts and after-dinner treats -- a plus for some people, a detriment to others.
So far, I've made two dishes, both of which were outstanding. As Ramsay describes it, his pork tenderloin stronganoff is "a lovely, unfussy dish to make for supper," served over buttered pasta. It took an hour start-to-finish in the kitchen, with ingredients I mostly had in the house. My husband practically licked the plate. Ramsay's duck breasts with port and cherry sauce created an awesome sauce. (The flub was my fault.Read more ›
the recipes are so complex and call for outrageous amount of ingredients. If you are not a professional cook and do not cook on a regular basis - you will be lost.
I want to love this book, and I'm sure the printed copy is gorgeous and delicious. However, this eBook is formatted worse than some of those 14 page self-published atrocities. I wish Chef Ramsey would curse out whoever it was that put this book into digital form.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great! But never did try the recipes, my friends got the books for gifts.Published 22 days ago by Shelly S
it's been awhile i enjoy a good book let alone from one of my favorite cooks. can't wait to read the rest what Ramsay has in storePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Doesn't read as well as Emril's "Delmonico" so I didn't find it anywhere as interesting.Published 6 months ago by Alex P.
Simple instructions but some ingredients are exotic for me. But still it's Gordon Ramsey....coolPublished 7 months ago by take it black
This book turned out to be half cook book and half friendly personal chats. The insights to the off stage man was the best part of the book.Published 7 months ago by Gypsy
I really enjoyed this cookbook. The man knows what he is doing. I highly recommend this book.Published 7 months ago by H. Loeblein
When it comes to recipies I would ratther have reagular book or magazine.Published 7 months ago by Jeanette
I love this book, it's my go to when I am going to a dinner party and need to whip something good up that will keep people coming back for more. The recipes are easy and clear. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lydia