Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food: More Than 130 Proper Pub Recipes, with Simple Twists to Make Them Sensational by Tom Kerridge

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Notes about this book

  • Breadcrumbs on August 19, 2014

    ERRATA NOTICE FROM PUBLISHER ABSOLUTE PRESS - Evidently the first edition of this book contains the following errors: Book errata notice: Very regrettably there were three misprints in Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food. The salt quantity in the brine solution in the recipes for Brined Pork Belly and Puy Lentils with Black Cabbage Salsa (p.146) and Tom’s Fried Chicken in a Basket (p.189) should be 200g not 500g. The saltpetre quantity in the brine solution in the recipe for Hot Salt-beef Bagels with Pickled Vegetables and Black Pepper Cream Cheese (p.154) should be 15g not 50g. These three misprints have now been corrected. Huge apologies. 24th October 2013

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Rump of salt marsh lamb and broccoli stalks with anchovy dressing

    • okcook on February 28, 2016

      We liked the flavours in this dish but the amount of sauce and the dressing it makes is more than enough. Next time I will make half. I reduced the Rosemary as. It seemed too much...could have been because it was from my garden and very fresh.

    • okcook on February 28, 2016

      We liked the flavours in this dish but the amount of sauce and the dressing it makes is more than enough. Next time I will make half. I reduced the Rosemary as. It seemed too much...could have been because it was from my garden and very fresh.

  • Smoked haddock fishcakes with fried egg and cheese sauce

    • SashaJackson on April 06, 2017

      Delicious fishcakes, great with the addition of the mozzarella and a fried egg. I used normal mash (I didn't have time to bake the potatoes first), my only criticism is that the recipe takes a very long time to prep. and make.

  • Pork pie with piccalilli

    • Phil.Adams on July 13, 2014

      Pg. 90 (in my edition) Probably needed about 10% more meat to properly fill the specified 'deep 25 cm cake tin' - and 1/3rd more pastry; I didn't have enough for the lid. And unless your stock is home-made and very jellied itself, I would recommend using more gelatine leaves - in my first attempt, the stock didn't jell enough and ran out when cut. But great tasting pie, nonetheless!

  • Ginger-braised ox cheeks with spiced red lentils and watercress yogurt

    • PeterC on January 20, 2018

      Certainly a good way to cook ox cheek as the finished result was very tender. Expected more ginger flavour and when I reduce the cooking liquid down it only became more bitter from the stout. I had to add tomato ketchup to balance this out. I might try a sweeter ale next time as this is an excellent cut of meat. The watercress did not add much to the recipe although the lentils made a pleasant change to mash. Note: I used Shepherd Neame & Co Double Stout which is described as bitter, coffee and dry.

    • PeterC on November 02, 2018

      Having another go 2/11/18 using peanut butter stout by Tailgate brewery.

  • Braised pearl barley, smoked chicken and wild garlic

    • wodtke on January 28, 2018

      I absolutely love Tom Kerridge as he comes over on TV and in interviews, but this recipe didn't work for me. Took MUCH longer than recipe to get barley 4/5 cooked (still chewy). No obvious smoked flavor. Not really very good. Might have been better made with rice.

  • Crispy pig's cheeks and deep-fried shallots with taramasalata and flat breads

    • Foodycat on September 07, 2014

      I just made the taramasalata. Very good but makes loads. My mini-processor really struggled, even though all the ingredients are soft.

  • Pork scratchings

    • Foodycat on July 09, 2014

      This didn't work for me at all - they just didn't crisp up. I was making them as a gift and had to do a last minute change of plans.

  • Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with boulangère potatoes

    • Nichill on January 19, 2016

      We love this recipe. It does appear several times in different magazines and books: we found it in the Independent, in an article of famous chefs recommending economical meals. This one is particularly recommended as suitable for leaving in the oven on a low heat while you go for a long dog walk. You can vary the cooking time from about three to six hours depending on the temperature. It's really not fussy if you are a half hour late. We make it about twice a year.

  • Brined pork belly and Puy lentils with black cabbage salsa

    • Allie80 on April 20, 2019

      We gave this 4/10: * The nicest element was the puy lentils which I would make again. The pork was almost inedible due to how salty it was, even ‘him indoors’ didn’t enjoy it very much and he will normally salt away very happily * The salsa was overpowered by the garlic * Ingredients easy to find in most supermarkets * Only the making of the salsa was a bit fiddly * The book lacks the notes of the online version of the recipe, which give helpful guidance on the crackling * Lentils were tasty and would pair nicely with chicken or fish

    • Steves_food on September 15, 2021

      This dish has huge issues with the salt levels in the brine. It clearly wasn’t tested prior to printing. Many failures in this publication

  • Spiced orange cake with plum sauce and Christmas pudding ice cream

    • etcjm on October 10, 2019

      Cooked cake element of this recipe and it was excellent.

  • Chicken liver and French bean salad in a shallot and white wine reduction

    • inareichel on May 20, 2019

      It’s quite some work and I ended up not slicing the beans, but it is delicious.

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  • Great British Chefs

    What the book may lack in imagery (not every dish is illustrated, meaning that it sometimes looks a little text-heavy), it makes up for in dazzling variety, making this a book that deserves a place...

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  • ISBN 10 1472903536
  • ISBN 13 9781472903532
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  • Published Aug 29 2013
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Absolute Press
  • Imprint Absolute Press

Publishers Text

The king of beautiful pub grub has collected all of his best food into this proper cookbook, ready to warm the world on a grey day and restore the nation's good mood. Tom Kerridge's idea of food heaven isn't fussy gastronomy; it's proper 'man food' with Michelin star magic, including breakfasts that keep you smiling for the whole day, indulgent long lunches, teatime temptations, seasonal snacks and heart-warming suppers. In this cookbook Tom proves that everyone can make proper pub food, and the only place he wants to see a foam is on the head of a pint of beer! Over 100 recipes reveal his secrets for making real food truly amazing, including perfected dishes from his childhood and special treats he serves at his own one-of-a-kind pub. These recipes are simply the best version you'll ever have of the dishes everyone loves the most. This fantastic feel-good cookbook is the official accompaniment to Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food TV show, featuring all the recipes from the six episodes and many, many more.

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