- Hardcover: 648 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405303379
- ISBN-13: 978-1405303378
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cook's Book: Including Marcus Wareing, Shaun Hill, Ken Hom and Charlie Trotter: Step-by-step Techniques and Recipes for Success Every Time from ... Shaun Hill, Ken Hom and Charlie Trotter Hardcover – 2005
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Jill Norman, editor of the Elizabeth David classic cookbooks, has created a celebration of cooking that is bursting with knowledge and techniques. There are over 1800 full-color photographs and the recipes cover all major cooking styles, including Thai, Mexican, French, Indian and Chinese. Top Chefs from around the world present cooking methods you can master at home. They also include many of their signature dishes. Each Chef has their own chapter:
Sauces & Dressings - Paul Gayler, UK
All the basic saucemaking techniques are covered from deglazing to using a paste of butter and flour to thicken a sauce. Classics are covered in step-by-step beauty as mayonnaise, Hollandaise and Béarnaise are created and then varied to suit all occasions.
Foams - Ferran Adrià
We all know the types of foams we don't want, like when making food and a pot boils over or when making strawberry jam, but how do you make foams on purpose and with a sense of perfection. Here they take the form of Pistachio foam, frozen chocolate mousse and cappuccino almond foam with truffle juice.
Stocks & Soups - Shaun Hill, UK (All the basics for soups and heartwarming meals)
Flavorings - Peter Gordon
An especially exciting chapter filled with freshly crushed spices and herb mixtures. How do you dry-roast spices or grind them in a mortar and pestle? The recipes include sexy offerings like Saffron-Poached Peaches or Coconut & Palm sugar sauce.
Latin American Cooking - Norman Van Aken (Classics like caramelized plantains served with Mojo marinated chicken.Read more ›
A quick glimpse at the book and a consideration of the noted English publisher made me skeptical of what I was to find in this volume, in spite of the star power of the contributors. `DK', short for Dorling Kindersley, Limited is the publisher of glossy picture books on all sorts of crafty and cleverly educational subjects. As I started reading the introduction and the first chapter on `Sauces & Dressings', I got a sinking feeling that the quality of the text did not do justice to the high quality of the photography. This is especially surprising, as Jill Norman is one of only two behind the scenes publishing types (the other is Judith Jones of Alfred A. Knopf) who has gained some celebrity, primarily as friend and executor for the great culinary writer, Elizabeth David. I ran into statements such as the one recommending that a custard be whipped over a water bath to keep it from curdling, with no clue given to whether it is too much heat or too much cold which will cause the custard to curdle. I also took issue with `Sauces...' author Paul Gayler's calling `beurre blanc' an emulsified sauce, putting it somehow in the same category as mayonnaise and hollandaise. `Beurre blanc' is much more similar to vinaigrette than to an egg based sauce. But, these were only some early stumbles, magnified by my initial suspicion of the book.Read more ›
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If you like coking, you must own this book. Traditonally, DK has wonderful photos too.Published 6 months ago by Yalcin Yavas
This is the coolest book ever! It's not just one person's take on how to do many things. Oh no. It's full of techniques from the subject matter experts in that particular field. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. Goff
This is a "Must" for any cook or chef, it has all the necessary essentials.Published 22 months ago by Ruth
The Book is 2005 edition, have a different cover from the picture - it is ok , but is it fare to know first to buy!
Product was as advertised, shipped and arrived quickly in excellent condition. Book was what my daughter wanted for part of her 22nd birthday, and she is very happy with it and... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by William Baker
Great new techniques for a novice cook like me. Easy to follow and my family have been reaping the rewardsPublished on April 23, 2013 by Lara Arnett
This is a very good buy. I enjoy how easy it is to read and grasp the techniques and tips provided within it's pages.Published on April 19, 2013 by DeAdrienne Nagy
This book has served me well. I resort to it all the time when I have a question about something. I have cooked numerous recipes from it, 95% of them have been excellent. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by gretel