Well, bread baking is easy as pie. Just buy this book and try. Some of the recipes are more complicated thatn others, but every information you need tWell, bread baking is easy as pie. Just buy this book and try. Some of the recipes are more complicated thatn others, but every information you need to be successfull you find in here. It's divided into a general part (all about bread baking, techniques, ingredients and equipment needed) and several chapters with different bread recipes originating from a specific dough, for example white bread dough, sweet dough, olive oil dough. The first recipe of the chapter is the basic dough, and the following recipes are variations of it (and they are definitively not boring). There are also some fancy ones like edible soup bowl. The pictures are great - I usually get in the mood for bread baking just when I'm looking at them.
Recipes I've made so far and can recommend: - lemon rols - bread shots - baguette - tomato, garlic & basil bread - sesame plats - walnut bread - Somerset Cider Bread - Pain Viennos ...more
Actually I wanted to write that with this book I get the feeling to be fed up with my favourite chef. But as I was briefly skipping through the pagesActually I wanted to write that with this book I get the feeling to be fed up with my favourite chef. But as I was briefly skipping through the pages again, the enthusiasm grabbed me again. Especially the French and Morrocan section made my senses tingle - could almoust smell all the spices and feel the heat... The Swedish section was disappointing though, I think there are a lot better recipes typical for Sweden which do not contain fish. Therefore I recommend this one: Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking ;).
All in all entertaining stories, great pictures and layout as always - maybe one of the best layouts so far. At the end stays just this tiny feeling of assembly-line work because Mr. Oliver is tossing out books in a row ... I'm missing the real passion in his newest books so to say (got the feeling it got lost on the way)....more
"Holy crap, I already gain weight by looking at the pictures!" was the first thoght that came into my mind when I hold this book into my hands. This i"Holy crap, I already gain weight by looking at the pictures!" was the first thoght that came into my mind when I hold this book into my hands. This is the ultimate ice cream bible. I had a look into many other books about making ice cream, and this one was just perfect. You'll get the basics and advanced tips so (if you want) could even create your very own recipe. You really don't need though - the book does not only contain all kinds of ice creams (like sorbets, semifredo, frozen yoghurt) but also extra chapters for sauces and extras you can add to them. The choice of combining them quadruples the number of recipes, so the possibilites are endless. Sometimes the author recommends a combination of flavours or ingredients at the end of a recipe - and you shouldn't resist to try (at least the ones I made were delicious). If it wasn't for the calories, the freezer capacity and the one-sided diet my ice cream machine would run day and night ...
Some of my favourite recipes: - Vietnamese coffee ice cream - raspberry-champagne sorbet (works with red wine too) - super lemon ice cream...more
I confess I'm addicted to Jamie. That's why I normally buy every new book of him. Last time I didn't cause I knew most of the recipes in 'Ministry ofI confess I'm addicted to Jamie. That's why I normally buy every new book of him. Last time I didn't cause I knew most of the recipes in 'Ministry of Food'. This time there were lots of new and promising ideas in the book. The appearance was appealing as always - designed in the usual solid (Jamie)style: Great pictures, clearly arranged recipes and some enjoyable stories. But after trying the fist ones I recognised most of the things were just not my taste. I liked the wild west rice (p 320)and of course the NYC cheesecake and the velvet cupcakes, but I would have been more satisfied if Jamie would have picked some other states for his book. It'll clearly be the underdog amongst my other cookbooks....more
A present from my parents - I wanted some moulds for making ravioli - and the book came with them. It ist not really just a book about ravioli-kind-ofA present from my parents - I wanted some moulds for making ravioli - and the book came with them. It ist not really just a book about ravioli-kind-of-things, you can also find canneloni, tortellini, lasagne, calzone, wontons, asian dumplings, spring rolls, tacos and recipes from the European kitchen: The famous German "Maultaschen"and Russian pierogi. The last chapter is about sweet stuff. Some of the recipes are quite good I tried the "Maultaschen" and liked the result - but if you are an advanced cook with a little bit creativity and have good basic recipes for dumpling dough already, you won't need that book at all. (And some of the things made are not sophisticated at all - or would you eat falafel- red cabbage-wrap?!)...more
This was my very first cookbook - a present from my fellow students at my first birthday (19th) after starting studying. They told me they thought I wThis was my very first cookbook - a present from my fellow students at my first birthday (19th) after starting studying. They told me they thought I was interested in cooking and exotic dishes - at this point I wasn't at all - but after getting the book I started trying, and buying more and more books ... This book was an accident that turnde out to be the beginning of my 'cooking career'......more