Gordon Ramsey's Hell Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmare are two favorite shows in my house, but I don't think I would ever want to cook with the man. Still, I fingered through his new cookbook, Cooking for Friends and knew I had to get it. I ended up receiving it as a gift and I am in love with the book.
Ramsey's cookbook is nothing like his cooking shows. The cookbook is actually calm to read and cook with. And, considering how incredibly fast I have seen him cook on his shows and the degree of skill that Ramsey has, the recipes are incredibly simple and easy to follow and replicate.
I knew I was going to like the book from the beginning though, because as I read through the introduction I found that Ramsey thinks about food and cooking in a way that I do. I have a sister who thinks cooking is a chore, but she never had the chance to help out in the kitchen-- only thought of it as a chore. On the other hand, my other sisters, were raised to see cooking as a fun part of the day. They love cooking and spending time in the kitchen.
Ramsey talks a lot about using fresh food, local produce that is in season and letting the food do most of the work, instead of using an arsenal of tricks and prep to beat the food into submission. I don't have a whole lot of time to devote to cooking, but I like to make homecooked meals and most of the ones in this book are easy enough to get done quickly enough.
I like that the recipes do not call for a ton of stuff that I don't already have in my kitchen or would have a hard time finding. We have a couple good markets by us, so everything was easy to find and not all these ridiculous ingredients. If you are a fan of his shows, you are going to love this book. If you are looking for some easy, wholesome recipes, then you are going to love the book too! I even had my young girls cook from the cookbook and it was easy enough for them to follow.