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Praise for Roast Chicken and Other Stories:

"Simon Hopkinson's Roast Chicken and Other Stories is a mouthwatering pleasure to read as well as to use. He's not only a great cook, he's also a great writer and the heir to Elizabeth David's legacy."―Jay McInerney

Praise for Roast Chicken and Other Stories:

"Among the most endearing and common-sensical kitchen primers ever composed. . . . You could cook from this volume, and this volume alone, for several years without boredom or mishap."―Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review

Praise for Roast Chicken and Other Stories:

"Hopkinson is ravenous for wonderful food, and his appetite has produced a delicious, passionate book."―O, The Oprah Magazine

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"Roast Chicken" is one of those rare cookbooks that, once opened, becomes indispensable. . . . This is simple cooking at its best."―Aleksandra Crapanzano, New York Times Magazine

Praise for Roast Chicken and Other Stories:

"Simon Hopkinson has long been an outstanding chef, a passionate lover of good food, and has now emerged as a very endearing and talented food writer."―Delia Smith

About the Author

Simon Hopkinson was born and raised in Lancashire. From his first restaurant job at age 17, La Normandie restaurant, where he worked under the tutelage of Yves Champeau, he then moved to London to set up Bibendum (right) in Kensington with Sir Terence Conran, which he left to pursue his food writing. He has written an award-winning column for The Independent since 1995. He lives in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323325
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very much in the same vein as Roast Chicken and Other Stories but, in my view, even better. Simon Hopkinson has two great strengths: he loves food and cooking and has a mission to make the rest of feel the same, and he has a unique talent for passing on huge amounts of information - expertise, even - disguised as little anecdotes and snippets loosely related to the recipe of the moment. I'm staggered at the things I have learnt just from cooking a couple of dozen recipes from these books. Simon can come across as opinionated - fair enough, he does have strong views on what is good food. But I'd much rather have that than some alleged food writer pushing quinoa, or whatever the latest fad happens to be, down my throat.

There are no glossy photos here, in fact a waitress recently asked me what I was reading and was surprised it was a cookbook. At a cursory glance it does have the appearance of a novel! But there are lots of extremely good recipes and invaluable tips on how to get the best from particular ingredients. My favourite so far is the Southern Fried Chicken Thighs. These are what KFC could be like if cooked by someone who knows what they are doing, fries in decent olive oil and butter, and uses the finest free-range chicken. The beauty of this recipe is that you can season the dipping flour however you like. My latest was pepper, salt, medium chilli powder, paprika, and sumac - absolutely glorious. If you do the dipping properly - resting a couple of minutes between coatings - the thighs are wonderfully juicy. I served it with Patatas Bravas, sour cream, and green beans.
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A successor to Roast Chicken and Other Stories and every bit as good. The style is the same. No glossy pictures or ritzy production values, just very good recipes, divided into thematic chapters under single ingredient headings: 'Lettuce', 'Chilles', 'Oysters' and so on. Hopkinson is an expert cook, and describes his dishes with love, and opinionated passion. He has clear views on how food should be presented, revealing the detail of cooking techniques with precise little details. For example for roast potatoes in beef dripping the dripping is removed 'all but the merest dribble'. The correct texture and 'feel' of a correctly cooked dish is well evoked. Hopkinson is a stickler for doing things properly, and most importantly, all the recipes I have tried have worked.

Furthermore, the book is studded with anecdotes and references from the canon of food writing. Roald Dahl is quoted expressing his love of Arnhem biscuits, presented to him when on a book singing in Holland, the chapter on chillies opens with an instantly recognisable overheard dialogue in a London restaurant, mocking the British love of foreign ingredients when we have no idea how to treat our own native produce: ''Nah, you don't want those long thin green ones...You 'ave to get yourself a nice bag o' Bird's Eyes, or yer little Seraaaanos.'

Hopkinson is like Elizabeth David. A genuine gourmand, shorn of pretension, and he knows what good food, properly cooked, should be.
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Like Mr. Hopkinson, I am Bury born and bred. My mother shopped at the same tripe shop as his grandmother; I celebrated my 21st birthday at M. Chambas' restaurant ("The Normandy", Mr. Hopkinson - you'd have been laughed out of town on a rail in the 60's if you'd referred to it in Bury as "La Normandie"!)where he later cut his teeth - my mother, who taught at an hotel school, drove my father, who was paying for the meal, crazy by "costing" the meal as it proceeded - the salad was the final straw - we never, alas, returned!

I have lived for many years on a different continent and would love his books, regardless of the recipes, for the many reminders of my youth that they contain. That said, this and his original roast chicken book, are a wonderful source of varied, instructive and utterly usable recipes. I cannot recommend them too highly.
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Simon is amazing! So is this book. Straightforward recipes for everything!
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