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Postby gibbs » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:53 pm

This year I'm looking to do something different this arrived today at nearly 2500 pages this is going to take alot of getting through I don't know whether this counts as 1 or 5 books but this is a set I have been after since I first heard about it so after saving up 2 years I finally got my copy
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Postby Frank » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:09 pm

That does look like a lot more than just a recipe book, so what is it exactly, a complete look at the theory of cooking?
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Postby gibbs » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:40 pm

Frank wrote:That does look like a lot more than just a recipe book, so what is it exactly, a complete look at the theory of cooking?


The best way to describe it would be a look at science behind cooking. however each of the 5 books contains something different with the spiral bound book containing all the recipes and some of the tables from the other 5 however it is printed on a water/grease proof paper so you can use that one in the kitchen and have the others else where protecting your nearly £400 investment from getting damaged.
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Postby Frank » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:03 pm

Sounds interesting but quite heavy, I think I am happy to just accept the fact that things do happen without needing to know how they happen.
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Postby gibbs » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:05 am

Book 1

A taste of my life
Raymond Blanc

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Postby gibbs » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:55 pm

Book 2

Notes from the Hard Shoulder
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This is the book that I have been reading during my breaks at work, it is made up of various articles James May has written for various newspapers and magazines over the years, while some I was glad to get through many for example one looking at the many places he has managed to get a land rover stuck made for a very amusing read, and with the funnier pieces far outnumbering the dull ones overall this made for a very enjoyable read
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Postby Frank » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:03 am

I have read a few of the Clarkson ones and enjoyed them, I did not realise May had done one as well. Have to keep an eye out for this one.
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Postby gibbs » Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:09 pm

Book 3

Ken Hom My Stir-Fried Life
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Ken Hom is known as the man who brought the wok to Britain. Having read and cooked from many of his cookbooks this was a book that I had been looking forward since it had been announced and it certainly didn't disappoint. Considering his start in life and his more recent health scares it is a very high spirited and has a fair number of funny point, it appears that while I imagine the book will have been edited it has been kept to the bear minimum as his personality shines through in this book and comes across as if he was sat across from you telling you his story providing a great insight into not only who he is today but the journey he has taken to get there
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Postby Whiterook » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:36 pm

Cool book choices!
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Postby gibbs » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:07 pm

Book 4
by Maggie Black
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I have been having a hard time getting through any books recently however I picked up a few of these books for pennies on amazon and was able to get through the first one in two sittings
This book looks at the food, cooking equipment, kitchen designs, serving of meals and the development of etiquette throughout the medieval period.

It also features a number of period recipes adapted for the modern kitchen and while the recipes appear well written I have noticed reading through some of them that ingredients mentioned in them method don't always appear in the ingredient lists now while this is slightly frustrating for me atleast it is general process to read through a recipe before I start so I would atleast pick up on these things before hand even if it would be a case guessing the exact amount required.

As for how the recipes turn out that is something for a future update when I have got round to attempting some
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