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The Cafe Cookbook : Recipes from London's River Cafe
GRAY, ROSE (Contributor)
Published: April 6, 1998
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At The River Café, chefs Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers serve dishes inspired by Italy's rustic regional cooking. In traditional Italian dishes, Prosciutto and Radicchio with Balsamic Vinegar and Wood-Roasted Asparagus, for example, they
demonstrate the felicitous minimalism of fine Italian food. Lemon Risotto, livened with basil and mascarpone cheese, and Pigeons Braised in Red Wine, seasoned with chile, cumin, and Dijon mustard prove how these chefs are also creative. Most recipes in
this book are short and simple; for Tagliatelle with Walnut Sauce, just pound the sauce ingredients together in a mortar and boil the pasta. However, dishes like Rise e Bisi, Risotto studded with green peas and seasoned with fresh mint, and most of the
others in this book, require impeccable ingredients. If you go after them, you can turn out dishes as breathtakingly flavorful as those earning raves from London diners and restaurant critics; if you do not, the results will taste pleasing but not
stunningly special. Martyn Thompson's many magnificent color photos of the food by Gray and Rogers are so precisely vivid and engaging that they recall work by Irving Penn. --Dana Jacobi
With their innovative interpretation
of Italian country cooking, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers have made London's legendary River Cafe one of the most influential and popular restaurants in the world. Their first book, Rogers Gray Italian Country Cookbook, was an international bestseller. Now,
in The Cafe Cook Book, they provide more than 200 sensational new recipes in the vibrant, accessible style that has become their trademark.
Gray and Rogers continue to provide fresh interpretations of Italian cuisine, and in this new book, their
enthusiasm for roasting in a wood oven takes center stage. Home cooks can create the same results by roasting meats, fish, vegetables, or fruits at a high temperature on the lowest rack of the oven or by slow roasting over a longer period of time. With
these techniques, flavors become more intense, concentrated, and delicious: Pumpkin wedges with thyme. Radicchio wrapped in pancetta. Turbot or monkfish with capers. Baked loin of tuna with coriander. Chicken pan-roasted with milk and marjoram. Crisp,
thin-crusted pizza. Rustic, country-style bread. Apricot, nectarine, and plum bruschetta. Baked pears with valpolicella.
In addition, favorite recipes from the River Cafe include seasonal fruit drinks, antipasti, pastas, risotto, soups, ice
creams, and desserts. The Cafe Cook Book is essential for everyone who loved the first book as well as for those who have yet to discover this irresistible style of cooking.
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