Monday, August 31, 2009

Book review: Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite



I've tried to avoid negativity on this blog. Especially negativity directed at other cooks, celebrity or not. Not only because it's unproductive, but because food bloggers have developed a bit of a reputation as haters, and I don't want to perpetuate that.

But, as talented as he may be, I can't like Gordon Ramsay. Not only is he a clearly abusive boss (or is he just passionate?), he is publicly hateful, and he calls Jamie Oliver "fat" in interviews for kicks. (My Jamie!)

Makes me wonder how the Internet can be filled with cheap shots at celeb chefs like Giada, Nigella and Rachel for no discernable reason, while it takes an international incident for someone like Ramsay to finally face criticism.

I bring all of this up because my husband bought Ramsay's latest cookbook after seeing one of its recipes profiled on TV. The book focuses on simple flavours, and, as the title suggests, healthy eating (because we don't want to get fat like Jamie, do we?). It also features some very appealing easy-to-make recipes (like Sunday's meal), tips for working with certain ingredients, and plenty of awkward photos of Ramsay, like this one:


Thankfully there's some excellent food photography in the book as well.

Rating: Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite 3.5 stars*

*Feelings towards Gordon Ramsay notwithstanding.

Best,

kh

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