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MasterChef: the masters at home

If the saying of 'too many cooks' were true, then this book would be a disaster to have in the kitchen. However, we all realise that with these chefs, you will be in the best of company, and nothing can go wrong.

In a master-stroke, this publisher has brought together 30 of the greatest master-chefs from around the world to share their recipes. Best of all, these are their home-spun tricks and family secrets; these are the dishes they cook at home, whether it is a weekend off, or when they entertain their own friends – rather than yours!

Even better, master-photographer David Loftus has been there to document the whole thing with candid shots on an Apple iPhone as well as more formal ones using the Hipstamatic Loftus Lens, specifically designed for food photography. 

You can read the names of these stellar chefs on the cover and recognise them if you have watched TV food shows, including MasterChef.

The dishes, however, don't require a brigade of sous-chefs, or a roll of razor-sharp knives. You'll discover that New Zealand chef Peter Gordon loves to cook a quince crumble cake, accented with basil cream. Gordon  Ramsay shares a simple whole herb-buttered chicken with citrus breadcrumbs. Australia's chef Japanese-born Tetsuya Wakuda gets nostalgic just thinking about his mother's chicken karaage, and luckily shares the recipe here. Ferran Adrià (yes, that chef!) reveals he is just as happy having watermelon, tomato and basil soup on a hot day at home. Or quail legs with soy.

As if this wasn't enough, each chef shares his own Secret Food Haunt. If you don't believe this, drop by the Sydney Fish Markets on Blackwattle Bay one day and you might just find Tetsuya there!

FYI, Gordon Ramsay favours the Farmers' Market in LA, and Neil Perry drops in to Room 10 Espresso in Sydney's Potts Point when he can.


MasterChef: The Masters at Home, photographed by David Loftus, published by Bloomsbury, July 2015, rrp A$45, hardcover.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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