john-torode-chicken_441Author: John Torode

Publisher: Quadrille

Price: £20.00

ISBN-13: 978-1844007158

The first thing that grabs you about this 256 page hard-back book is the “eat-me” recipe photography. Many of the recipes are accompanied by a full page, close-up colour image which really whets the appetite. Torode believes that some of the best poultry and game comes from Britain and through this book he aims to help the reader make the best use of it.


Torode certainly imparts plenty of knowledge on the different types – as well as chicken, there is a brief low-down on goose, duck and turkey, plus game birds including grouse, guinea fowl, partridge, pheasant, pigeon and quail. The basics section in the front of the book teaches you how to make stocks and joint a bird, and also what to looking for when buying.

When it comes to the recipes, rather than the usual chapters on starters and mains, this book cleverly explores different foodie themes such as barbecues, curries, one pot wonders and salads – there is something for all occasions. And as you would expect from the “masterchef” himself, the recipes are a tempting mixture of old favourites and exciting new ideas – from simple Pheasant Salad with Beetroot &Watercress to Grilled Quail with Spiced Lentils.

The recipes are laid out neatly, and are very easy to follow. The only criticism (and it’s a small complaint) is you have to count the number of chickens symbols to see how many people a recipe serves. OK when it’s for four, but ten chickens is harder to count at a glance!

Overall, this book is a must for anyone who loves poultry and game –top marks!