Tom Kerridge’s second book to accompany his BBC TV series Best Ever Dishes, is a delight of wonderful photography and twists on classic dishes from home and abroad. Whilst this is not a book for a quick midweek supper the recipes are very achievable for everyone except the real beginner.
When Tom Kerridge mentored the competitors on Masterchef, he generously guided them through the steps to wonderful food. That same guiding hand takes you through the recipes. Black and blue steak sandwiches – seared tail end fillet covered in a scintillating blend of smoky spices. The method of cooking inspired by the Pittsburgh steel workers lunch. Ham and mushroom pie with a delicious umami crust, made using dried mushrooms and for those with a sweet tooth, Grown-Up doughnuts.
These are not recipes from his restaurant The Hand And Flowers, but they do have the attention to detail and eye for flavour that you would expect from a two Michelin starred chef. Some dishes like Shepherds Pie require more than throwing a few ingredients in a pan and browning them. This is a dish of unctuous flavour complexity. Slow cooked lamb shanks, crispy browned minced lamb and meltingly good mashed potato, generous with cheese take this dish to another level in both taste and time. But so well worth it.
Whilst there are some wonderful fish dishes such as roast sea bream with white beans and bacon, aromatic with fennel seeds and paprika. Skate with crunchy chickpeas, spicy and sweet with tomato, this is a meat eaters paradise of recipes. There are a few very tasty options in the salad and starters sections for a vegetarian, but most of the soups use meat stock in one form or another.
The final section of the book deals with basics, Stocks, gravies, onion jams and pickling liquids. This ensures that you create a truly delicious dish. More of that ‘guiding hand’. Do check out the home blend curry powder, definitely worth the little effort it takes and you’ll never buy curry powder again.
This is a book to get the tastebuds going, exciting takes on familiar dishes and liberally splashed with new ones. Definitely worth adding to your book shelf, it’s already my much used, page splattered friend.
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