Post Script: Neil Perry’s Good Cooking – Neil Perry

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Neil Perry’s Good Cooking

Neil Perry

Murdoch Books Australia

ISBN: 9781743368916

 

Description:

Simple yet sophisticated recipes that will entice you into the kitchen and inspire you to cook. Drawing on global and local culinary influences to create amazing flavours for every occasion, with seasonal produce always taking the starring role.

For renowned Australian chef Neil Perry, cooking has always been about one thing: using the best-quality produce. This philosophy guides not only how he cooks in his restaurants, but also the meals he makes at home for family and friends.

 

Good Cooking features over 110 simple yet sophisticated recipes that will entice you into the kitchen and inspire you to cook. They draw on culinary influences both global and local to create amazing flavours for every occasion, with seasonal produce always taking the starring role.

 

 

Author bio:

Neil Perry AM is one of Australia’s leading and most influential chefs. He has managed several award-winning restaurants in Australia and today concentrates on his flagship brand, the Rockpool Group, which includes Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; Eleven Bridge, Sydney; Spice Temple, Sydney and Melbourne; Rosetta Ristorante, Melbourne; and various Burger Project venues across Australia. Neil has been creating menus for Qantas since 1997, continually redefining their dining and service, and is the author of Rockpool, Simply Asian, Good Food, Balance & Harmony, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Easy Weekends, Simply Good Food, The Food I Love and Spice Temple. He has also been a major television presenter for a number of series on the LifeStyle Channel.

 

 

My View:

The production values of this glorious cook book have you salivating at each turn of the page: simple yet elegantly presented colourful plates, seasonal recipes, beautifully designed background to pages of text – subtle, calming, and elegant. What is there not to love about this book?

 

The recipes range from indulgent breakfasts – to share, small plates and soups, pasta dishes, seafood, beef and lamb, salads and vegetable  dishes and easy desserts ( the chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline is on my to cook list.  Only 4 ingredients for the mousse and two for the praline – easy! The image beckons me to make this soon).

 

Neil Perry states: “I’m no pastry chef, so the desserts I cook at home are very achievable, but tasty.  Start with in season fruit or some good quality chocolate and you can’t really go wrong.”9p.223)  I agree, simple, fuss free, enjoyable and delicious… this description applies to all the recipes here, they will make the home cook sing!

 

 

Post Script: It’s All Easy – Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann

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It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super Busy Home Cook

Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751555493

Description:

Gwyneth’s fans have been begging her to write a cookbook that will help them get healthy, yet wonderfully delicious meals on the table during hectic weeknights. Well, she listened and she is sharing over 125 recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes that are surprisingly tasty even though they have little or no sugar, are low in fat, and many with no gluten. They will be of the same quality as those in It’s All Good, but can be pulled together in the time it would take to call for a takeaway. And because every family needs some pasta or pizza now and then, Gwyneth will include recipes for easy takes on those favorites too! Everyone knows that takeaway and restaurant meals can contain large amounts of fat and sugar, and can be made with less than ‘clean’ ingredients, so here is the solution to making sure you and your family eat a healthy, yet delicious meal every night of the week. And, since it is so much healthier and economical to bring lunch to work and school, there will be a special section on ‘Lunchbox ideas’ made from dinner leftovers and easy-to-throw-together lunches!

 

My View:

A versatile, quick to make, collection of recipes that use quality fresh ingredients to produce tasty and interesting meals. There is nothing boring here.  “This book is meant to be a road map: a self-help book for the chronically busy cook….All the food in this book tends to be on the healthier side ( see the gluten free, diary free  dessert section section), we have also included recipes with more standard ingredients ( some cheese, some regular flour) because, well, it’s just easier. And because we never sacrifice deliciousness, some of the recipes might have an extra step or a special ingredient that might not seem easy, but trust us, it is worth it… Our aim is here was to make… a book full of recipes that are beautiful and sometimes times unexpected,  while also comforting, satisfying, and realistic for anyone and everyone to make ”  (pps. ix -xi)

 

The authors give a useful “pantry” section that includes ingredients and tools for cooking the foods in this book, then divides the book into useful guides for:

First thing (breakfasts)

On the Go

Pick Me Ups

In a Pinch

Cozy Evenings

Summer Knights

Unexpected Guests

Something Sweet

The Basics.

 

I love the breakfast suggestions here – Blueberry Granola Parfait, breakfast crepes, chocolate cinnamon overnight oats, ginger chia pudding and scrambled eggs with parmesan and arugula (rocket) to name a few.

To impress your dinner guests try this quick delicious main meal; seared scallops with watercress and asparagus – quick, tasty and impressive dish, your guests will think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours!

A beautifully presented cook book with more than a few recipes that will become your all time favourites.