Gordon Ramsay: Chef has to be one of the most sumptuous cookery books ever produced: massive and imposing, with a silver-embossed cover encased in a silver case. And the book itself, rather like its controversial author, represents something new in cookery books. Ramsay has, of course, made a reputation for himself not just for his considerable abilities as a chef, but as Gordon Ramsay: Chef has to be one of the most sumptuous cookery books ever produced: massive and imposing, with a silver-embossed cover encased in a silver case. And the book itself, rather like its controversial author, represents something new in cookery books. Ramsay has, of course, made a reputation for himself not just for his considerable abilities as a chef, but as a short tempered martinet, tearing into his luckless students with expletive-filled rage. But that spleen is crucial to the man's philosophy (born out of a desire for perfection), and it is conveyed between the delicious-looking recipes presented here (cooking, as Ramsay forcibly reminds us, can't be made up as you go along -- you've got to work, work, work). The recipes themselves look absolutely amazing, such as pan-roasted fillet of John Dory with Cromer Crab, crushed new potatoes and a basil vinaigrette (and it should be noted that Quentin Bacon's beautiful photographs are a massive asset to the book, doing full justice to the visual appeal of the food). In deserts, too, the aspirational appeal here is impressive -- perhaps most of us would not be able to turn out (without trial and error) a raspberry, lemon and basil millefeuille with milk ice cream that looks quite as breathtaking as it does here, but Ramsay's book is calculated to inspire us. Perhaps reading Chef is the perfect way to help us try to cook like Gordon Ramsay; for most of us, a spell in his restaurant kitchen would mean blood on the floor -- here we can learn from his cookery genius without having to put up with the tirades. What more could any aspiring chef want? --Barry Forshaw...
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3 Star Reviews
I love Gordon Ramsay. I don't care if he cheats on his wife and rogers his sheep the man is a culinary god. The book is a thing of beauty with recipes I can only dream of owning the patience to attempt. The writing is sparse, yet descriptive, and the photography glorious. I am even more impressed with this than The French Laundry and that is a hell of a book to live up to. You don't have to have mad love for the man to appreciate his incredible talent.
Let's face it: Gordon Ramsay is a culinary god. He is probably the best chef in the world. In this book he shares information about his 3 Michelin Starred Chelsea Restuarnant and his 50 most famous recipes. Glorious.
A marvelous book. Half of it is full of lush, beautiful photographs dotted with quotes, while the other half is superb recipes of dazzling elegant dishes. Simple and stunning.