- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sterling Epicure; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402797885
- ISBN-13: 978-1402797880
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite: 125 Super-Fresh Recipes for a High-Energy Life Paperback – March 6, 2012
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The instructions are simple enough to follow but the measurements are in metric so, unless you have metric tools in your kitchen or can do the conversions in your head you might want to download a conversion chart before you begin the cooking.
Having relatives that were born in Cornwall I can say that many of the dishes are very true British food - this is the first cookbook that I have ever seen that had the directions for Cornish pasty. Ramsey provides a more modern version with just the meat and potatoes but comments on the fact that the miners would take these delights down into the mines with them where they would stay hot until meal time and that the original contained not only the meat and potatoes but that one end would originally contain a jam or preserve mixture so that the miners would have both dinner and desert. This is a nice additional touch for those that wish to make the more authentic item.
This is clearly a book where his exquisite sense of Ingredients and what they mean in combination with each other, creates healthy culinary art. My appreciation for his level of mastery has gone way up with the purchase of this book, because he has a substantial, not superficial, understanding of what healthy cooking is. His art is matched by brains, which helps explain why he has such range and depth.
A lot of folks think that Gordon Ramsay is a complete jerk who has made a name for himself by humiliating and belittling others. True. BUT he is also an unbelievable chef who can make even a corroded turd on the sidewalk taste delicious... His cookbooks are full of good advice and tasty recipes and this "Healthy Appetite" is a remarkable achievement. You will delight in eating REAL food that no Acme company has tampered with... His first breakfast recipe is a melon and berry salad that will jump start your day. But his Thai-style stir fry and barbeque suggestions will leave you feeling healthy AND full. There are over 125 recipes in this book and I highly recommend the majority of them. In truth, I love this guy's shows and thats how I found this book. He may be ornery and high on his superego but he means well and his food is delicious! Cheers!
1. High quality book, with enough images to show the fantastic recipes
2. The food is AMAZING. Some of the recipes are simply incredible, many people have complimented on how most of the recipes tasted like restaurant food.
3. Covers all meals
4. Wide variety
1. Sometimes there are no images for some recipes
2. A few recipes were bland
3. There are no calorie counts here, so if you want a very specific diet recipe book, this is not it. This book is more about eating balanced meals more than anything, but it isn't a diet book.
The recipes in this book are really easy to follow and are often accompanied by a big colorful photo of the finished dish. There is a great selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, bbq, weekend, and some recipes for entertaining.
Aside from being so excellently tasty these dishes are also full of healthy nutrients and are very balanced. Here you get lots of healthy grains, veggies, fish, and meats. You'll be eating healthy meals with Gordon Ramsay quality of flavor.
I won't list all the recipes I've made since that would be long, but let me just say the muffins are fabulously moist, the beef curry (a weekend recipe, simmers for a few hours) is out of this world full of spices, and the super simple ricotta-stuffed chicken has so much moistness and flavor. I'm also loving the lunch recipes for cod and tomato chowder, spiced lentil soup, and the fabulous stuffed mushrooms... mmm!
I seriously have gotten exited every time I've made one of these recipes and I taste it and it's like "OMG that is so good!". I've been a fan of Gordon's food for some time now, and it is such a nice thing to have from his genius food mind also some nice healthy every-day dishes. This book is a keeper!
*** Update March 20th ****
After all the cooking I've done with the book I have to sadly say that the binding isn't holding up, and I haven't even had it that long. The paperback version is very cheaply made, which is really too bad. This has to be the worst binding for a cookbook I've had yet. So while the content certainly deserves 5 stars, the binding I would give 1 star.