The Food Lovers' Cookbook Collection
Roast Chicken and other stories by Simon Hopkinson
Roast Chicken and other stories by Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham is a great cookbook for a number of reasons.
The first is the format. The author explores about forty small alphabetically-arranged topics, a chapter at a time, presenting a few recipes for each topic. The first chapter is dedicated to anchovies - and he is not afraid to use them. His recipe for roast lamb calls for twenty fillets, half of which are stuffed into slits in the meat and the other half goes into the sauce.
There are also chapters on topics as diverse as cream and cepes and veal.
The second reason we like the book is that he seems to favour classic recipes and just wants to make them easy to cook and for them to be more satisfying. So there are recipes such as the classic roast chicken and a perfect vichyssoise and a chocolate pot - all of which are explained so well that they seem simple to implement.
And the third reason is that the things he writes about are the things we like to eat. So these are some of the reasons why we think that this book should be included in this collection.