The Prawn Cocktail Years
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Prawn Cocktail Years by Simon Hopkinson
Book DescriptionWhile Lindsey Bareham was helping Simon Hopkinson put together his best-selling book, "Roast Chicken and Other Stories", the two of them began to reminisce about hotel and restaurant dishes they had grown up with and always loved; those Cinderellas of the kitchen that we abandoned in our quest for the wilder shores of gastronomy. Classics such as Duck a l'Orange, Weiner Schnitzel, Moussaka, Garlic Mushrooms and, of course, Prawn Cocktail, have all been slung out like old lovers but when made with fine, fresh ingredients and prepared with care and a genuine love of good eating, these former favourites should grace the most discerning of tables. "The Prawn Cocktail Years" sets out to rehabilitate the food we once loved and found exciting. In so doing, the authors take us on a cook's tour of the legendary post-war hotels and gentlemen's clubs with their Mulligatawny and Shepherd's Pie, to the bistros of Swinging London where Pate Maison and sizzling Escargots excited the braver palate. Then there were the first Italian trattorias where Saltimbocca and Oranges in Caramel were the order of the day and the 'Continental' restaurants with their exotic offerings of Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev and Rhum Baba. Recipes for all these old favourites have been brought back to life as well as those classics that were once described as the Great British Meal - Prawn Cocktail, Steak Garni with Chips and Black Forest Gateau. Cooked as they should be, this much derided and often ridiculed dinner is still something very special indeed. The prawn cocktail years are staging a comeback...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780718149802
(251mm x 196mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Hopkinson
Simon Hopkinson Cooks, Hardback (September 2013)
The author is a man who has dedicated his life to searching out the very best recipes. In this book, he has created 12 menus offering dishes that not only taste good, but also complement each other perfectly.
Good Cook, Hardback (June 2011)
Based on the author's belief that a good cook loves eating as much as cooking, this title tells how the ingredients you choose and the way you cook them will turn a good recipe into a great dish, and that a cheap cut of meat cooked with care can taste as nice as a choice cut prepared by indifferent hands.
Second Helpings of Roast Chicken, Paperback (June 2006)
Taking forty-seven of the author's favourite ingredients as a starting point, this title includes a section on apples with a perfect apple tart recipe, a section on curry recipes with Constance Spry's original Coronation chicken salad dressing and a section on duck, with recipes for Braised duck with peas and classic Roast duck and apple sauce.
Roast Chicken and Other Stories, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Simon Hopkinson
Provides an insight into the author's style of cooking with 160 of his favourite recipes, ranging from Grilled Augergine with Pesto to Roast Chicken and Homemade Ice Cream. This book is arranged alphabetically with a chapter on each food. It also gives advice on quality, variety and good cooking principles.
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Author Biography - Simon Hopkinson
Simon Hopkinson was born in Bury in Lancashire where his love of good eating was established at the kitchen table. He left school at seventeen to begin a career as a chef and by the age of 21, he had started his own restaurant. In 1987, he opened Bibendum in London with Sir Terence Conran where he worked for 8 years before retiring to concentrate on writing. He has since written columns for the Independent, The Sunday Times and Sainsbury's Magazine and is the author of four books, including the bestselling Roast Chicken and Other Stories. Lindsey Bareham is best known for her daily after-after work recipe column in the Evening Standard, which she wrote for eight years. Currently she writes the weekly 'Cheat's Dinner Party' column in the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine and contributes a monthly recipe column to Saga magazine. She has written ten cookery books, including In Praise of the Potato, A Celebration of Soup, The Big Red Book of Tomatoes and Just One Pot. Her most recent book, The Fish Store, is a collection of recipes and stories, inspired by her holiday home in a Cornish fishing village.
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