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The Good Cook

By Simon Hopkinson

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Format: Hardback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 23 June 2011
Simon Hopkinson loves food and he knows how to cook it. Simon Says is the result of over 40 years' experience and is Simon's treatise on good food. He will reveal the everyday ingredients he can't live without, the cheap cuts that produce the best results and he will also show you how to make the best of them in over 100 recipes. Simon's genius lies in his understanding what makes a great dish. Why the wine you choose is more important than the chicken in a Coq au Vin. Why you should only use Spanish anchovies - except in Jansson's Temptation, when they should be Swedish. And why breast of lamb is such an underestimated treasure. Structured around Simon's most prized ingredients (Anchovy and Aubergine, Cheese and Wine, Smoked and Salted Fish, Ham, Bacon and A Little Pig) and written with Simon's trademark perfectionism and precision, this is the book that all foodies will cherish for life.

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An exciting cookbook to accompany Simon Hopkinson's first TV series. His new series, Simon Hopkinson Cooks is on More 4 now.

About the Author

Born in Bury, Lancashire, Simon Hopkinson left school at 17 to begin a career as a chef. He opened his first restaurant, the Shed, near Fishguard, just before his 21st birthday. In 1983 he launched himself on the London restaurant scene, becoming chef at Hilaire in the Old Brompton Road. He swiftly found himself one of the most acclaimed young chefs in the business and his friendship with Terence Conran led to the opening of Bibendum in the restored Michelin building in 1987. He retired as a full-time chef in 1995 to concentrate more on writing. As well as Roast Chicken and Other Stories and Second Helpings of Roast Chicken, his books include Gammon & Spinach, The Prawn Cocktail Years (written jointly with Lindsey Bareham), Week In, Week Out and The Vegetarian Option. His critically acclaimed cookery writing has won him the Andre Simon award, and the Glenfiddich Award three times.


"How to make "outstanding dishes good enough for a restaurant but from the comfort of your own home". He makes the ordinary extraordinary with no need for a song and a dance." * The Telegraph * "Trends, for him, come and go, whereas a good pie, stew or roast is for life." * The Guardian * "No-nonsense is the key to The Good Cook. It returns the pie, the tart, the cutlet, the leftover, the pot roast and the toasted snack to the centre of the British eating experience" * The Independent * "The book is, in true Simon Hopkinson style, precise without ever being fussy." * Rachel Allen * "The Good Cook reminds me of a cashmere jumper. Its origins are humble, it feels ever so slightly decadent, but ultimately it is enormously comforting." * Caterer & Hotelkeeper *

EAN: 9781849902281
ISBN: 1849902283
Publisher: BBC Books
Dimensions: 25.3 x 20 x 3.1 centimetres (1.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Mahnoor Malik on
Renowned chef Oliver, bestselling author and star of ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution", shows home cooks how to use their kitchen and their time more efficiently so they can get exciting, delicious meals for the whole family on the table in no time. 288 pp."The Good Cook" is the result of over 40 years' experience and is based on Simon's belief that a good cook loves eating as much as cooking. How the ingredients you choose and the way you cook them will turn a good recipe into a great dish. That a cheap cut of meat cooked with care can taste as nice as a choice cut prepared by indifferent hands.
Nicola Khan on
I couldn't think of a more apt title for a book by Simon Hopkinson. He is a joy to read. I can't think of another food writer who manages to convey so vividly his love of food and cooking. However, although it's a beautiful book and the recipes are all inspiring and wonderful, it is not a working book. It would be difficult to take it into the kitchen if you needed to follow a particular recipe. That, however, is down to the publisher. With the tv programme this book will get a lot of publicity. For those unfamiliar with his work this will be a good introduction. A lovely book by an under-rated chef and writer.

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