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A champion of organic, locally produced and seasonal food and founder of acclaimed Californian restaurant Chez Panisse, Alice Waters has previously been awarded the Légion d'honneur in France for her contributions to food culture. In this book, she explores the simplest of dishes in the most delicious of ways, with fresh, sustainable ingredients a must, even encouraging co A champion of organic, locally produced and seasonal food and founder of acclaimed Californian restaurant Chez Panisse, Alice Waters has previously been awarded the Légion d'honneur in France for her contributions to food culture. In this book, she explores the simplest of dishes in the most delicious of ways, with fresh, sustainable ingredients a must, even encouraging cooks to plant their own garden. From orange and olive salad to lemon curd and ginger snaps, Waters constantly emphasizes the joys and ease of cooking with local, fresh food, whether in soups, salads or sensual, classic desserts. This edition is part of the Great Food series designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.


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A champion of organic, locally produced and seasonal food and founder of acclaimed Californian restaurant Chez Panisse, Alice Waters has previously been awarded the Légion d'honneur in France for her contributions to food culture. In this book, she explores the simplest of dishes in the most delicious of ways, with fresh, sustainable ingredients a must, even encouraging co A champion of organic, locally produced and seasonal food and founder of acclaimed Californian restaurant Chez Panisse, Alice Waters has previously been awarded the Légion d'honneur in France for her contributions to food culture. In this book, she explores the simplest of dishes in the most delicious of ways, with fresh, sustainable ingredients a must, even encouraging cooks to plant their own garden. From orange and olive salad to lemon curd and ginger snaps, Waters constantly emphasizes the joys and ease of cooking with local, fresh food, whether in soups, salads or sensual, classic desserts. This edition is part of the Great Food series designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

30 review for Recipes and Lessons from a Delicious Cooking Revolution

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ape

    Um.... yeah.... no. This wee book didn't really grab me. The thing I like most is the front cover. OK, I agree with some of what she's saying - we should eat more seasonally, we should think more about what we eat, where it comes from, how it's produced, but there's something in the tone of the writing that just made me think of the priviledged American homemakers and lifestyle gurus - in particular Ms Paltrow; and I just find it all a bit condescending. I don't know. And I wasn't particularly b Um.... yeah.... no. This wee book didn't really grab me. The thing I like most is the front cover. OK, I agree with some of what she's saying - we should eat more seasonally, we should think more about what we eat, where it comes from, how it's produced, but there's something in the tone of the writing that just made me think of the priviledged American homemakers and lifestyle gurus - in particular Ms Paltrow; and I just find it all a bit condescending. I don't know. And I wasn't particularly blown away by any of the recipe suggestions. Maybe her proper full-on recipe books are better, but I don't know whether I'll ever bother to find out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Yeh

    Really enjoyed reading this and really improved my day to day average culinary skills

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    All the basics in one tiny book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    This book was a major disappointment. It was one I was really looking foward to, but it absolutely didn't work for me. First, Waters is kind of an elitist cook. Your chicken stock must be crystal clear and you need a proper recipe to make it. Uh, no. You need to know how to make stock, but a precise recipe including a store-bought chicken, isn't the way to go. Perfectly good cakes can be made without separating the eggs. Ice creams don't have to be custard-based. Etc. Second, Waters is an American This book was a major disappointment. It was one I was really looking foward to, but it absolutely didn't work for me. First, Waters is kind of an elitist cook. Your chicken stock must be crystal clear and you need a proper recipe to make it. Uh, no. You need to know how to make stock, but a precise recipe including a store-bought chicken, isn't the way to go. Perfectly good cakes can be made without separating the eggs. Ice creams don't have to be custard-based. Etc. Second, Waters is an American writer, but this edition has been translated into British English. (Other books in the series have not been similarly tampered with that I've seen.) Ingredient names have been changed without mentioning the original name. (Broad beans are favas.) Worse, Waters clearly uses American measuring standards in this book, but they've been briticized (and badly sometimes) so that some of her commentary becomes meaningless. E.g., for rice she discusses the 2-to-1 volume ratio for making rice. The recipe given after this discussion uses metric weight, making nonsense of her discussion and of an easy-to-remember rule. Bletch, bad taste in my mouth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    A great book that encompasses most aspects of modern cookery from sauces, salads, biscuits, soups, breads, rice, pasta and many more topics with a chapter devoted to each this is a great all rounder for a new cook just starting out. Well written but not patronising if you are a novice and as described above each topic is cut down into handy sections. Even though I enjoy cooking I also picked up a few hints and tips I haven't heard of or tried before. Well worth reading for any foodies out there. A great book that encompasses most aspects of modern cookery from sauces, salads, biscuits, soups, breads, rice, pasta and many more topics with a chapter devoted to each this is a great all rounder for a new cook just starting out. Well written but not patronising if you are a novice and as described above each topic is cut down into handy sections. Even though I enjoy cooking I also picked up a few hints and tips I haven't heard of or tried before. Well worth reading for any foodies out there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Loved this! Will definitely look out for more of her books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    E

    This pretty little book is basically cooking 101, breaking down the simplest recipes you can't live without. With a tasty little twist and plenty good advice. This pretty little book is basically cooking 101, breaking down the simplest recipes you can't live without. With a tasty little twist and plenty good advice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Middlethought

  9. 4 out of 5

    bookishbat

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monsieur Croissant

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yasra Daud

  12. 4 out of 5

    Inca Dunphy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Jones

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy Airaudi

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Coyne

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Pfleegor

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathrine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stockfish

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Visconti-Woodward

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vashka

  24. 4 out of 5

    Luca

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mette

  26. 5 out of 5

    Qukatheg

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Ellen Lynn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

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