Neil Perry's Good Food

9/05/2007 10:36:00 AM

Continuing on the Neil Perry theme...

I recently acquired Neil's latest book, Good Food, when Borders was having a sale, and I really love it! I was surprised that I liked the book so much, seeing as I actually got another book of his, The Food I Love, for my 21st birthday 2 years ago, and am sad to say that I have yet to cook from it. It is an undeniably beautiful book, but I guess I just find it a bit too weighty? Too overwhelmingly large? Too cheffy and complicated for regular use? Not sure. Although, having had success with the recipes from Good Food, I guess I'm more inclined to start flipping through the other one again. Let's see.

Good Food is a much smaller book, full of interesting, yet accessible recipes. I spent a good few days drooling over the recipes before I dove in. There are lots of enticing food pictures, as well as various staged "day in the life" pictures of Neil - standing in a cafe, sipping a short black while sending an SMS; wearing glasses at work on the computer; reading a book with his daughter - which fit in with the "good food everyday" theme of the book. I'll admit here that I like these photos a lot; mainly because he looks spookily like my dad in many of them. And before you ask, no, my dad is not Steven Segal. He just has a Neil/Steven-style ponytail.

Ok, so back to the point. Here are a couple of recipes I've tried from Good Food. The picture above is a snapper and chermoula tagine, which is deceptively simple to put together, and only takes about 30 minutes in total. It's got cherry tomatoes, chermoula, capsicums, dates and olives in it, which for us was an unusal and tasty way to serve fish.

Next up, we have Saffron Chicken and Rice. The recipe immediately caught my eye because I absolutely love one-pot rice dinners. It's basically rice, chicken pieces, some vegies and spices, all cooked up in one pot with some stock. Ta-dah! We had it with some harissa (Nigella's recipe; I love the intense heat and garlicky taste of it) for a family dinner that was comforting, yet not too stodgy.

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  1. not a big fan of rice myself..

    but looks tasty enough :P



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