Home is more than a place. It’s a feeling.
Rick Stein has spent his life travelling the world in search of cooking perfection – from France and Italy to Australia and the Far East – and inspiring millions of food lovers with the results. In Rick Stein At Home, he takes us into the rhythms and rituals of his home cooking. In his first book to celebrate his all-time favourite home-cooked meals, Rick shares over 100 very special recipes, including many from his recent Cornwall series – from sumptuous main courses such as Cornish Bouillabaisse and Braised Pork Belly with Soy and Black Vinegar to indulgent desserts like Apple Charlotte and Spiced Pears Poached with Blackberries and Red Wine.
Rick explores family classics that evoke childhood memories and newer dishes that have marked more recent personal milestones – along with unforgettable stories that celebrate his favourite ingredients, food memories, family cooking moments and more. Sharing the dishes he most loves to cook for family and friends throughout the year, Rick takes you inside his home kitchen unlike he’s done in any previous book.
This is a very personal book, in his Introduction Rick talks about how during Lockdown cooking for friends and family became his new reality and what a pleasure he found it , and how it became the reason for the book. ‘Almost autobiographically to suggest great cooking experiences at my place.’
The book has a narrative sharing things like his six-month quest to produce perfect sourdough, his obsession with stock and other personal thoughts. The book includes recipes from his children, his wife, and he also describes how he tests out recipes with friends.
He shares his thoughts about walks in the country, foraging and making chutney, jam and marmalade and also his recognition of the importance of food in cheering us all up.
Following his Introduction the book is structured into the following content: Bar Snacks, First Courses, Fish & Shellfish, Poultry, Meat. Vegetarian, Desserts & Drinks plus a very useful Side Dishes & Basics section and Cook’s Notes.
Beautifully illustrated with photographs of some of the recipes, family gatherings, and in the introductions to the chapters, plus step-by-step instructions for the recipes, this book is packed full of mouth-watering delicious food and inspiration for your own kitchen library.