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COOKBOOK OF MONTH OF APRIL: Roast Chicken & Other Stories by S. Hopkinson

oakjoan | Mar 28, 200809:31 PM

So it's been decided: Simon Hopkinson's Roast Chicken and Other Stories is the winner.

This book was voted, by a panel of food writers, chefs and consumers as "The Most Useful Cookbook Ever". It contains recipes as well as anecdotes and stories about Hopkinson and his friends. Simon Hopkinson opened the famous Bibendum (owned by Terrance Conran) restaurant in London and has had several restaurants in various parts of the country. There are several good articles about him if you use a search engine.

When I first looked at this book, I thought it was quite opinionated, a bit pretentious and didn't have many recipes I hadn't seen many times before. Since I, myself am opinionated and a bit pretentious, I soon warmed to him, his writing and recipes.

As several have mentioned, at first glance the recipes seem to call for copious amounts of butter and cream, etc. Closer inspection reveals many that are not that rich at all. He also has a chapter on offal for those adventurous enough to try brains and kidneys.

So dig in and let's start trying some of these recipes out, e.g., Duck Livers, Crepes Parmentier and Onion Marmalade (p. 127), Marinated and Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Hummus, Olive Oil and Cilantro (p.115), Strawberry Pots de Creme (61), Poached Cod with Lentils and Salsa Verde (p. 49), Creamed Tomatoes on Toast (p. 213), Spinach Mousse with Anchovy Hollandaise (p. 196), and Stewed Rabbit with Balsamic Vinegar and Parsnip Puree (p. 170) to name a few.

I'm getting excited!

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