published by Mitchell Beazley, 2010, £19.99
If the name sounds familiar, that's because she is married to Gordon Ramsay. He's the chef, but she's the cook. Her book is expressly aimed at the home cook and this, her latest book, is popping with good recipes and secrets for success in the kitchen. These are the kind of secrets worth sharing.
For example, meat should be taken out of the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking rather than being cooked straight from the refrigerator. This prevents overcooking the outside before the center is cooked.
The recipes are for good basic food and are not overly complicated or fussy. I can see that these recipes are aimed to help the home cook bolster their self-confidence in the kitchen while feeling a sense of accomplishment upon completion.
Each recipe is accompanied by a mouthwatering photo and a helpful secret. You get inspiration and education rolled into one cookbook. Smashing!
Here is a brief video clip of the author to introduce you to her and the book:
Now that I've divulged Tana's Kitchen Secrets to you, I'm really going to give you something to shout about. I'm giving away one copy of this cookbook. That's right! One copy of Tana's Kitchen Secrets will be sent to one lucky winner anywhere Royal Mail delivers (which is pretty much anywhere on this planet). All you have to do is post a comment with one of your favorite kitchen secrets (e-mails to me won't count for the competition). Any kitchen secret will do, as long as it's not X-rated. My mother reads this blog, after all.
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#3, Muriel, you are the winner...congratulations!!