Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course came out quite a while ago now. You have probably already read numerous reviews on the book and hype has now died down. So why am I writing about this book over a year after its release? Well I think that this is the perfect time to review this cookery book. We are always told never to judge a book by its cover, and in my opinion, that is exactly what all those previews reviewers have done. A great recipe book stands the test of time, is splattered with sauces and stained with fingermarks – sure signs of a much loved and often used book. I have spent over a year with this book; I’ve tried out plenty of it’s recipes and learnt from its tips and I can form a solid opinion on its content.
Gordon Ramsay is an incredible chef, boasting a total of 14 Michelin stars across his 32 worldwide restaurant. If there is one man I would love to meet, it’s him. Most of us know Gordon Ramsay as “ that angry Scottish man who’s always swearing on the telly”, but more recently we have seen his softer side (on the US version of MasterChef, he surprisingly comes across as “good cop” alongside the stern Joe Bastianich). In his Ultimate Cookery Course, Gordon becomes your calm and kind teacher, passing on his extensive knowledge of food and turning technical culinary art into something we can all master at home. The Daily Star’s Mike Ward commented that Gordon’s lack of profanities “freaks” him out.
The Ultimate Cookery Course provides cooks with a comprehensive selection of core recipes and teaches us all the core skills that we need in the kitchen, such as how to joint a chicken, how to cook the perfect steak and how to make a fluffy omelette. Instructions are clear and concise with no complicated wording or “cheffy” techniques.
Gordon takes a relaxed attitude to home – after all, cooking should be fun, not stressful. With this book, you will learn how easy it is to make an incredible meal that you would be happy to pay for in a classy restaurant. Gordon will change the way you approach food and you’ll come away paying much more attention to how and what you eat.
None of the recipes disappoint. Each time I sat down to eat, I was amazed that I had cooked the delicious plate of food in front of me. For me, highlights definitely include the light, creamy and beautifully seasoned Chicken and Autumn Vegetable Pie. I also loved the wonderfully juicy Pork Chop with Peppers with slow cooked red onion and red peppers. Flick through and you’ll few of Gordon’s signature dishes, such as Pan Fried Scallops with Crunchy Apple Salad and the dish he is known for, his Beef Wellington.
The Ultimate Cookery Course spans all continents; you’ll always find something tempting, be it Spanish, French, Moroccan, Japanese or Thai. And of course, a few classic British goodies are thrown into the mix – go retro with Rice Pudding spiked with a little nutmeg, make your own Crumpets or glaze a beautiful piece of gammon.
If you’re a well-seasoned cook, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course will spark your imagination and perhaps introduce you to a new world cuisine. If your struggle to boil an egg, you’ll be constriction an elegant mille-feuille and making gnocchi from scratch in no time. It’s a great book for anyone and everyone and the nuggets of text written by Gordon himself even make for quite a good read!