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The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Great book, the recipes are very good and all the pictures make it amazinlly eassy to follow, it has a great plus wich is a planning minute by minute for every meal wich is a great extra help, I bought it a month ago and it hasn't left my kitchen counter since then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
The "family" referred to in the title of this book is not your own family, but the "family" of 75 or so people who worked at the elBulli restaurant in Spain. Now closed, elBulli was for years regarded as the finest restaurant in the world, but one should not assume that this cookbook by its chef represents the highest art of cooking.

It instead offers recipes for the three-course simple, hearty, and often-inspirational meals that the "family" at elBulli served to themselves during their working day. Each recipe is scaled to serve from 2-6-20-75 people, ingredients lists are short, and preparation is usually easy. Your own family certainly won't be disappointed, and you may find ideas you haven't tried before. For example, a soft-boiled egg in the center of a soup plate with vichyssoise ladled around it, or a potato-chip omelet, or watermelon with menthol candies.

The book includes elementary advice about ingredients and tools and a well-stocked larder which may be useful to less-experienced cooks. It is very thoroughly illustrated with thousands of step-by-step pictures but they are not obsessively-lit perfect studio shots, simply perfectly-workmanlike and clear illustrations of the process. In some ways, this workmanlike book is the antithesis of what one might expect from "the finest chef in the world". Yet as a practical guide to quickly preparing interesting and delicious hearty meals, I'm glad to add it to my well-stocked cookbook library.

As a bonus, it's published by Phaidon which as usual offers exceptionally good-quality binding, paper, and other production characteristics. This is a book with which you'll create some favorite family meals, and eventually pass along to your children as they start their own families.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
This is the best cookbook ever. It's very clear and recipes are easy to follow. I've been recommending it to everyone I know. It shows that it's possible to make really tasty food with not many ingredients (I hate cookbooks that have recipes with a mile long ingredients list). It also helps plan meals so you're actually able to cook 3 dishes at the same time. A must have in every cookbook lover library.
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on January 10, 2014
This is a really good cook book. You can't find fault there. Chef Adria is one of/the best chef in the world.

The recipes in this book are very basic and very easy. Really meant for the home cook not a serious chef. It covers all the basics like stocks and sauces and is one of the best illustrated cook books as far as detail. Anyone can make anything in this book with all the detail. Also good is the way he does a complete meal which is a very nice feature.

If you have been cooking a long time and have a lot of experience you will probably find it a little basic. Even so there is still good material in here for everyone.
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on May 7, 2013
This was recommended to me by a friend so I bought it. I love that it has pictures for each step of the recipe so you know what it is supposed to look like. And it groups the reciped together into meals so there is less thinking about how to put a whole meal together.
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on January 7, 2014
I bought this as a gift for a person who loves cooking. She was enthralled with the whole idea of serving good food to the restaurant staff, and the clarity of presentation and ideas, so clearly conveyed. She feels this is a new gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 18, 2011
I expected a whole lot of difficult to understand processes. Not so. The book is beautifully designed and the processes detailed in the photos and instructions. This is a book I value in my kitchen at home and those at work.

Doug Murray
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on June 2, 2014
AMAZING, shows a picture of every step to prepare the plates and the meals are incredible!
Super well organized, clear and with very typical, easy and delicious Spanish plates.
Higihly recommend it to EVERYONE!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
This cookbook brings back memories of Barcelona, but is also a fantastic daily meal planner for folks in North America. All ingredients are easy to source, the menus are balanced and delicious, and there are many useful tips in the book that help with meal planning. For instance, the time to prepare all recipes, together with a shopping list, is included for every daily meal. Whether you're cooking for 2, 6 or 75 people, this is a great cookbook. I liked it so much that I bought extra copies to give to friends.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2014
Menus are completely devoid of anything living or green!
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