Book Review: The Really Quite Good British Cookbook

March 23, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: The Really Quite Good British CookbookThe Really Quite Good British Cookbook: The Food We Love from 100 of Our Best Chefs, Cooks, Bakers and Local Heroes by William Sitwell
Published by Nourish on March 21st 2017
Genres: Cooking, Courses & Dishes
Source: Author
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What do you cook for the people you love? Asked this question, 100 of Britain's food heroes have shared their most beloved recipes to make this extraordinary cookbook. Nigella Lawson divulges how to bake her Chocolate Guinness Cake and Rick Stein fries up Shrimp & Dill Fritters with Ouzo. Yotam Ottolenghi would serve Pea & Mint Croquettes and for Jamie Oliver, an unrivalled Fantastic Fish Pie. These are just a few of the incredible recipes provided by the best and brightest on the British food scene, including chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, James Martin, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton, Marco Pierre White, Claudia Roden and more. Compiled by award-winning food editor and author William Sitwell, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is keenly anticipated and a stunning object in its own right. Ultimately it is a celebration of the breadth, creativity and richness of Britain's unique food culture.


This is chock full of amazing, delicious recipes from top chefs! Being from a British family, I jumped at the chance to look at these recipes. Admittedly, I was expecting more run of the mill recipes that English families cook daily. I grew up with my mother and grandmother making some fabulous food, but living in America, the food isn’t quite the same. So, I couldn’t wait to delve into what looked like an extraordinary recipes!

The few recipes I tried, I was bowled over. My favorite so far is the Beef Ragu. The ingredients were easy to get, the recipe was easy to follow, and it came out delicious! My husband and I were fighting over the leftovers, and there was a lot of leftovers!

This meal was easy to prepare although there was a lot of time involved. 45 minutes to prep and 2 1/2 hours to cook! Not the normal meal, for sure.

And that’s what I noticed with many of these meals. They either had ingredients that were a bit difficult to obtain in the US, or they took forever to make. Fortunately I enjoy cooking so the time involved is not a huge deal for me.

Many of the ingredients I had to look up. There are full birds, which I am not used to baking, and many other ingredients, spices, and meats that are a bit more difficult to get here. I also live in a very small town in the middle of the US, so that makes the ingredients even harder. For the most part I was able to switch a few things here and there but some of the recipes I may not be able to try.  Also, many of these recipes I would expect to find in restaurants, not in my own home! There is an obvious up and downside to that. The ability to cook those meals but then being able to eat them when finished!

For the most part, I am absolutely loving the recipes. Some are more difficult than others, but all are exciting! I want to try all of them at one point, if I can get my hands on the necessary parts. I definitely recommend to anyone that enjoys cooking and isn’t afraid of spending some time in the kitchen!

This is just three of the many, many recipes that I found that I want to cook. These all had ingredients that were either easily accessible, or in the case for cod, easily replaceable. Even the paprika on the chicken was a smoked paprika but not the kind called for in the book, and it wound up being lovely!

Another pic of the Beef Ragu. A bit like spaghetti but sweet with the red wine. It was delicious!

Tuna, which was supposed to be Cod but sadly no Cod to be found here! There’s an olive topping that added the perfect saltiness to the fish. The side item was lentils with carrots, onion, and celery cooked in. I’ve never made lentils before so this was especially fun!

Pimenton chicken with mashed potatoes! This didn’t take long at all! The mashed potatoes were made with olive oil, which was a bit weird for me. They didn’t come out as creamy as I normally prefer, but mixed with the chicken it came together well. The garlic added so much here!


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