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SOME global nomads post images of far-flung meals on their social media accounts, and likely never think of them again. Rick Stein, in contrast, takes copious notes, interviews the cook on site, and recreates the memorable dishes once he’s home in England. The fruits of this industrious approach are captured in Rick Stein’s Long Weekends, the latest cookbook from the celebrity chef and accomplished author.
Equal parts travel diary and recipe collection, the book and accompanying TV series visits 10 European cities, including Berlin, Cadiz and Palermo, for more than 100 exquisite dishes.
Has anyone ever refused to share a recipe? “Lots of times!,” Stein says. “A chef in Iceland wouldn’t give me the details for a langoustine soup.” That’s when the culinary sleuth comes out. “I’m quite good at working out what’s in a dish.”
As the title suggests, the handsomely photographed book is structured around weekend feasting. “What you cook on a Friday night, when you need something quick, is different from Saturday night or indeed Sunday lunch,” Stein says.
Sicilian pasta with cauliflower, currants and pine nuts fits the bill for a quick weekday meal, Bordelaise duck and porcini pithivier is a more elaborate idea, while calamari souvlaki or Portuguese seafood rice make for splendid Sunday repasts. The book has plenty of sweet treats, too, from German strudel to Andalusian churros.
Stein has been a household name in the UK and Australia since the ’90s, when he presented his first TV show Taste Of The Sea. In 2009, the chef and his Australian wife, Sarah Burns, opened Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook.
Where does he like to eat in Australia? Icebergs and Spice Temple in Sydney come to mind. For superlative Chinese, the chef heads straight to Chinatown. “Asian cooking in Australia is far better than in England,” he says. Rick Stein’s Long Weekends, BBC Books, $55, out now.
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