"The Really Helpful Cookbook" is destined to be a genuine classic that you will pick up again and again. Written by Ruth Watson, one of Britain's most popular food writers, it contains recipes that are the very best in modern, stylish home cooking, as well as no-nonsense advice and tips that make cooking them foolproof and easy. Ruth writes with passion and humour, always placing her recipes in the context of our daily lives, making this a book that is as enjoyable to read as it is to cook from.
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In a crowded marketplace, facing competition from Nigella, Nigel and Jamie, media superstars all, cookery books are having to signal their virtues ever more desperately. Waving vigorously from the lists is Ruth Watson's The Really Helpful Cookbook, a volume hoping to be the one that the hesitant, reluctant or novice cook reaches for when fate requires them to take their place at the stove. They could do a great deal worse, though the bleak reality is that under the circumstances it will probably be Delia. Ruth Watson is an experienced chef, restaurateur and food writer with more than her fair share of attitude: she has produced a collection of stylish, eclectic, practical recipes designed to fit into busy lives. It deserves to do well, as it is chock full of wonderful things. Refreshingly, and unlike almost every other cookery writer, she divides her year only into winter and summer, giving for each a selection of starters, main courses, puddings, lunches and suppers. Here, for example, is a dish at once achingly fashionable yet comforting--Cod with Saffron Mash and Gremolata. Or what about Scallops with Sauce Vierge and Crisp Pancetta? Or Poached Strawberries with Five-Pepper Ice-Cream? These are seriously good things to eat. There is nothing difficult here, nothing pretentious, just fine eating. Ruth Watson's commentary is also to be relished, by turns wise, sporty and licentious. -- Robin DavidsonReview:
"Her recipes are a sensual delight." -Nigel Slater
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Book Description Random House UK, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091877989