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Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham

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  • Asparagus soup

    • veronicafrance on March 10, 2013

      This tasted much better before I added the cream -- a really fresh asparagus flavour. Next time I will leave the cream out, adding just a swirl on top to serve.

  • Roast chicken

    • Maya12 on March 22, 2016

      I put the chicken on a flat rack in my roasting pan and added wine as in the wet-roasting method.

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Easy and delicious, but like every roast chicken recipe I've ever tried, the cooking times are not long enough. My oven may be slightly cold, but still - plan some extra time just in case your chicken is not fully cooked after the specified period.

  • Grilled breast of chicken with provencal vegetables and aioli

    • wester on February 14, 2012

      Quite simple and as festive as you want to make it. I thought the aubergine responded best to the grilling, and the fennel was brilliant with the aïoli. The onions, peppers and courgettes were nice, but not as great as the others. Next time, I will use fennel and aubergines, and one or more of the others just for variation. I did make the aïoli with whole eggs, and in the blender, even though mr. Hopkinson explicitly tells us not to. I thought it was fine, but it might possibly have been even better if I had bothered to follow his instructions. I do have a cast-iron ribbed grill on the hob, and this recipe was the first one I tried where the food didn't stick to the grill, so there must be something right about the method.

    • veronicafrance on March 30, 2012

      This is gorgeous -- summer on a plate. It's one of my summer standbys.

  • Poulet saute au vinaigre

    • stephengk on March 02, 2017

      Subtle but distinctive flavour - Lovely. Also works well using couple of chicken breasts and scaling back other ingredients

  • Petit pot au chocolat

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      I made these when I first got this book 2-3 years ago. I may have overcooked them a bit, for they were slightly dry, but quite easy and very chocolatey. Worth trying.

  • Oriental salad

    • hailbritannia on July 01, 2013

      Made with 8-oz rice noodles (recipe specifies "1 small package"). I did not include the red onion or ginger for personal preference and used 1 small Thai chili. Topped with sauteed shrimp. Delicious -- great flavors and nice textural "crunch." Next time, double the quantity of toasted sesame seeds.

  • Poached cod with lentils and salsa verde

    • Chandalf on August 14, 2014

      An excellent, and relatively easy, recipe. The Salsa Verde is superb and I would make at least double the quantity as it keeps well in the fridge. I've served it with steak, other fish (salmon) and I'm sure it would work well with many other things.

    • mcvl on September 07, 2014

      Ohhh, this is so good! I made it as a soup with some wonderful leftover broth I had on hand, and had each person swirl the salsa verde in their own bowl. I added a lemon (zest and juice) to the salsa verde.

  • Rice pudding

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      I love Hopkinson's description of the perfect, ethereal rice pudding but I couldn't achieve it with this recipe. I had to take the pudding out of the oven far earlier than specified as it was drying up and was far from ethereal. I know he says the oven should be set unbelievably low but what to do if your oven doesn't go that low? Crack the door open?

  • Lemon surprise pudding

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      An intriguing idea - spongy meringue afloat on lemon custard. I made it and enjoyed it, but somehow am not convinced to make it again.

  • Creme renversee a l'orange

    • veronicafrance on December 06, 2011

      This is sublime. It looks amazing if you cook one large one, but be very careful when you turn it out!

  • Spiced eggplant salad

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Made my own variation on this salad when I had fresh eggplants from the garden - it's absolutely delicious and can be varied according to what you have on hand.

  • Grilled eggplant with sesame

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Great idea. I did like Hopkinson actually did, rather than follow the recipe - I used some peanut sauce leftover from a Chinese salad. It would surely have turned out better if I had a broiler, but even improvising with a broiler-less oven, it was quite tasty.

  • Salade frisee aux lardons

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Any thorough and classic cookbook has a recipe for this salad, but I've used this one and it's as good as any, I think. He's especially good at helping you with the timing, which is a bit rushed. Expose the frisee to as much heat from the dressing and bacon fat as possible - it's important that it wilts a bit.

  • Eggs florentine

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      I didn't follow this recipe exactly because I couldn't be bothered to poach the eggs separately (although I can see the point, as it would mean less cooking time for the spinach and a fresher taste). I just stirred the bechamel with the spinach before putting it in the individual dishes, cracked the eggs into the spinach and baked everything together. Delicious! The idea of infusing the milk for the sauce with spices is a good one.

    • wester on May 02, 2012

      I really liked this, and so did the kids. I agree with LeslieB22 that infusing the milk with the spices is a good idea. I do think I will poach (or boil) the eggs next time, as it is easier to control their doneness when they aren't covered in white sauce. I didn't drain the spinach as well as I should have, so the end result was a bit wet, but still very tasty.

  • Braised endives

    • Foodycat on October 07, 2018

      So delicious. My preferred way to prepare them, unless I am having them raw in salad.

  • Endives au gratin

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Very tasty. Just wish that the recipe didn't take so much time, albeit mostly unattended - it requires endives that have already been braised 2 hours!

  • Baked new garlic with creamed goat's cheese

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      My husband surprised me by buying a whole bunch of beautiful new season's garlic and making this recipe. We skipped the creamed goat's cheese and ate it on plain toast. Terrific.

  • Roast leg of lamb with anchovy, garlic, and rosemary

    • JoanN on November 06, 2016

      Made this because it was quick (comparatively), easy, and reliable. The butter melting into the wine with rosemary tucked around made an outstanding jus. Why do I keep trying fancy recipes when the basic ones are so good? This turned out just perfectly, although I did add an additional ten minutes at 475F to try to darken and crisp up the crust. Didn't hurt, I'm sure, that I used a leg from my half lamb share.

    • mcvl on October 24, 2017

      The lamb was a bit dry, and I think the watercress is one flavor too many (very pretty, though).

    • tekobo on March 17, 2017

      Very tasty - the anchovies and garlic "melt" into the meat and provide great flavour.

  • Leeks vinaigrette

    • wester on January 01, 2010

      A good version of a good basic recipe. Why oh why does no cookbook ever tell you for how long you should cook leeks? I need 10 to 15 minutes till tenderness when dropped in boiling water.

  • Leek tart

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      Though it's called "tart," many might consider this a quiche. Either way, it is a delicious recipe, but be warned: exercise your own judgement and good common sense considering how many leeks will fit into a tart pan along with a goodly amount of eggs and cream. If I recall correctly, Hopkinson calls for about 8 leeks, but his leeks must be the size of pencils because the leeks I used (about 1 inch wide and 2 feet long) certainly did NOT fit in the pan and I had to make a number of crustless ramekin-sized extra tarts.

  • Potato puree with parsley

    • wester on January 01, 2010

      The taste of this stuff is pretty good, but it resembled a soup rather than a mash and the recipe does not really allow for control on the texture. Disappointing.

  • Gay Bilson's parsley salad

    • wester on September 21, 2013

      A pretty basic parsley salad, but it does have everything a parsley salad needs and nothing it doesn't need (although if you make it for a vegetarian, you can leave out the anchovies and increase the olives). Go easy on the garlic.

  • Piedmontese peppers

    • wester on January 01, 2010

      So I had this recipe in two cookbooks already (It came from Elizabeth Davids Italian Food, but I used the recipe in this book), but I had to see a photo on a food blog to actually make it (this photo: http://racheleats.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/piedmontese-peppers-again/ ). I just didn't notice it before. The ingredients are simple - peppers, tomatoes, garlic, anchovies - but the whole thing just works out fine. Don't forget some nice bread for the juices. The main differences between the recipes are the cooking time - Simons is much longer and I prefer it that way - and when to add the anchovies - I might experiment with that.

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      @wester Thanks for your note. I've had this book for over two years and also only really noticed this recipe recently. I didn't need a picture to make it though, just a major sale on red peppers at my favorite grocery store (80 cents a pound!). I made it day before yesterday and I would say it worked out more than just fine, it was AMAZING. And incredibly easy, too. Only problem I had was that I used a big dish and the leaking juices didn't really flood the dish, so they started to burn, but I tossed some vermouth in (had no white wine) and everything turned out fine. I'd say to use a dish where the peppers just fit and/or to add some liquid to the pan to keep things mellow.

    • jchern on February 27, 2017

      We've made this many times and it's great. But the ingredient list should mention the garlic.

  • A sauce to serve with boiled ham

    • Nichill on January 18, 2015

      Simply delicious. On its own, it appeared too sharp, over vinegary. With the boiled ham it was marvellous. Elizabeth David rated it a sauce "well worth knowing", and I concur: a useful addition to a repetoire, and not tricky.

  • Saffron cream dressing

    • wester on August 05, 2011

      Very nice. Lovely egg-yolk yellow, and a subtle flavor. I did find the mustard taste too strong, so next time I'll halve that. I served it with salmon, which was good.

  • Cold spinach with creme fraiche, garlic, and black pepper

    • wester on June 22, 2012

      Excellent. Fresh, creamy, garlicky, lemony. And easy to make too. Even frozen spinach will work.

  • Steak au poivre

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE WINNER. I learned to cook steak from this recipe and now I know it by heart. It is simple but absolutely delicious. I've never had cognac around to make the final sauce, but it's still good with some red or white wine.

  • Saltimbocca alla romana

    • LeslieB22 on September 21, 2011

      On a budget, I made this with pork cutlets instead of veal, but followed the instructions to the letter and it was absolutely breathtakingly good! Just incredible. The extra fried sage leaves on top were the crowning glroy. So good. I can't even imagine how good it would be with veal.

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Reviews about this book

  • New York Times

    Any cookbook that has a chapter devoted entirely to cream is a book I can’t do without. Add a chapter on custard, another on chocolate, and I’ll order it from England for a small fortune in postage.

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  • ISBN 10 1401308627
  • ISBN 13 9781401308629
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Sep 04 2007
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Hyperion Books
  • Imprint Hyperion Books

Publishers Text

In England, no food writer's star shines brighter than Simon Hopkinson's, whose breakthrough Roast Chicken and Other Stories was voted the most useful cookbook ever by a panel of chefs, food writers, and consumers. At last, American cooks can enjoy endearing stories from the highly acclaimed food writer and his simple yet elegant recipes.


In this richly satisfying culinary narrative, Hopkinson shares his unique philosophy on the limitless possibilities of cooking. With its friendly tone backed by the author's impeccable expertise, this cookbook can help anyone -- from the novice cook to the experienced chef -- prepare down-right delicious cuisine . . . and enjoy every minute of it!



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