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Rick Stein - Author

About the Author

Rick Stein OBE is one of Britain’s favourite cookery writers and chefs. In 2004 he was named the BBC Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Radio Food and Farming Awards for his Food Heroes television series. His other tv programmes include Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea and Seafood Lovers’ Guide – which won the Television Programme Award at the Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year, and Taste of the Sea, which won both the 1995 André Simon Memorial Fund Food Book Award and the 1996 Good Food Award for Cookery Book of the Year. His most recent seafood book, Rick Stein’s Seafood, won the coveted James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year Award in 2005. Rick Stein owns The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, which every year attracts thousands of fish lovers from Britain and abroad. He also runs the highly acclaimed Padstow Seafood School, two smaller restaurants, St. Petroc’s Bistro and Rick Stein’s Café, a deli and a fish-and-chip takeaway. Rick was awarded his OBE in 2003 for services to tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, which he regards as his second home.

Featured books by Rick Stein

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Rick Stein's Long Weekends will accompany the second half of the BBC One series, airing in Autumn 2016.

Rick Stein's Fish & Shellfish

Rick Stein's Fish & Shellfish

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Rick Stein's lifelong passion for cooking fish and shellfish has formed the foundation of his award-winning restaurants and taken him around the world, discovering innovative new recipes, exciting ingredients and the best preparation techniques. Now, using his years of expertise and travel, Rick has updated and reinvigorated his classic Seafood - a comprehensive and inspirational guide to choosing, cooking and enjoying fish, shellfish and more. It includes a step-by-step guide to over 60 essential techniques to prepare all types of seafood: from poaching and salting fish to cleaning mussels and cooking lobster. Based on the methods taught at his Padstow seafood school, every step of Rick's advice is illustrated with full-colour photographs for perfect results. Over 120 recipes from across the world include light salads, delicious starters and spectacular main courses - from Monkfish Vindaloo and Rick's own version of Salt and Pepper Squid to deliciously simple classics like Grilled Sardines and Clams with Garlic and Nut Picada. Complete with tips on buying, storing and sourcing sustainable fish, Rick Stein's Fish and Shellfish is the essential companion for any fish-lover's kitchen.

Rick Stein's Spain 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track

Rick Stein's Spain 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2011

'I've wanted to make a series in Spain for a long time. I love Spanish food, I've been going there since I was a young boy - but until quite recently I don't think people really took the food seriously. Thanks to a handful of really dedicated Spanish chefs and a growing enthusiasm for its rugged flavours, that has all begun to change. To me the underlying point of journeying to Spain would be to discover the 'duende' in the cooking. By that I mean a sense of soul, of authenticity. The word is normally used in flamenco but I think it could be equally applied to the art of Spanish cooking because to my mind, in really good food, there is a communication between the cook and diner that amounts to art.' (Rick Stein). In his beautifully designed and illustrated cookbook to accompany a major BBC2, 4-part series, Rick has selected over 140 recipes that capture the authentic taste of Spain today. Spain is a country that tantalises every sense with its colourful sights, evocative music, vibrant traditions and bold cookery. Spanish cooking has a rich history, with flavours reflecting a broad range of cultural influences. Rick samples his way through the specialties and hidden treats of each region, taking in the changing landscape from the mountainous northern regions through the Spanish plains to Mediterranean beaches.

Other books by Rick Stein

Rick Stein's Secret France

Rick Stein's Secret France

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Rick Stein's Long Weekends will accompany the second half of the BBC One series, airing in Autumn 2016.

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2015

From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavours to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond - the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. Accompanying the major BBC Two series, Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul includes over 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels in the region. The ultimate mezze spread of baba ghanoush, pide bread and keftedes. Mouthwatering garlic shrimps with soft polenta. Heavenly Dalmatian fresh fig tart. Packed with stunning photography of the food and locations, and filled with Rick's passion for fresh produce and authentic cooking, this is a stunning collection of inspiring recipes to evoke the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.

Rick Stein's Fish & Shellfish

Rick Stein's Fish & Shellfish

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Rick Stein's lifelong passion for cooking fish and shellfish has formed the foundation of his award-winning restaurants and taken him around the world, discovering innovative new recipes, exciting ingredients and the best preparation techniques. Now, using his years of expertise and travel, Rick has updated and reinvigorated his classic Seafood - a comprehensive and inspirational guide to choosing, cooking and enjoying fish, shellfish and more. It includes a step-by-step guide to over 60 essential techniques to prepare all types of seafood: from poaching and salting fish to cleaning mussels and cooking lobster. Based on the methods taught at his Padstow seafood school, every step of Rick's advice is illustrated with full-colour photographs for perfect results. Over 120 recipes from across the world include light salads, delicious starters and spectacular main courses - from Monkfish Vindaloo and Rick's own version of Salt and Pepper Squid to deliciously simple classics like Grilled Sardines and Clams with Garlic and Nut Picada. Complete with tips on buying, storing and sourcing sustainable fish, Rick Stein's Fish and Shellfish is the essential companion for any fish-lover's kitchen.

Rick Stein's India

Rick Stein's India

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2013

Whenever I hear the word curry, I'm filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic.When Indians talk of their food, they talk about their life. To understand this country, you need to understand curry. What makes a good curry? Sensual spicy aromas or thick, creamy sauces? Rich, dark dals or crispy fried street snacks? Rick journeys through India to find the answer, searching this colourful, chaotic nation in search of the truths behind our love affair with its food. Chefs, home cooks and street vendors hold the key to unlocking the secrets of these complex and diverse flavours - and Rick's travels take him to the heart of both their long-held traditions and most modern techniques. He uncovers recipes for fragrant kormas, delicate spiced fish and slow-cooked biryanis, all the while gathering ideas and inspiration for his own take on that elusive dish - the perfect curry.

Rick Stein's Spain 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track

Rick Stein's Spain 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2011

'I've wanted to make a series in Spain for a long time. I love Spanish food, I've been going there since I was a young boy - but until quite recently I don't think people really took the food seriously. Thanks to a handful of really dedicated Spanish chefs and a growing enthusiasm for its rugged flavours, that has all begun to change. To me the underlying point of journeying to Spain would be to discover the 'duende' in the cooking. By that I mean a sense of soul, of authenticity. The word is normally used in flamenco but I think it could be equally applied to the art of Spanish cooking because to my mind, in really good food, there is a communication between the cook and diner that amounts to art.' (Rick Stein). In his beautifully designed and illustrated cookbook to accompany a major BBC2, 4-part series, Rick has selected over 140 recipes that capture the authentic taste of Spain today. Spain is a country that tantalises every sense with its colourful sights, evocative music, vibrant traditions and bold cookery. Spanish cooking has a rich history, with flavours reflecting a broad range of cultural influences. Rick samples his way through the specialties and hidden treats of each region, taking in the changing landscape from the mountainous northern regions through the Spanish plains to Mediterranean beaches.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Fish and Seafood Recipes

My Kitchen Table: 100 Fish and Seafood Recipes

Author: Rick Stein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Here are Rick Stein's top 100 fish and seafood recipes from all over the world. From light meals and quick lunches, pasta, rice and noodle dishes as well food to share, there is a recipe for every level of skill and occasion. Rick Stein's passion for flavour and enthusiasm for food shine through his recipes and his unerring ability to reassure nervous cooks will make this fish cookbook an invaluable resource.

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2009

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey is an ambitious journey, avoiding the beaten track and tourist hot-spots, in search of the authentic food of Southeast Asia. In this accompanying book to the major BBC series, Rick shares his favourite recipes and some well-known classic dishes inspired by the fragrant ingredients and recipes he sampled from local chefs, family-run restaurants, street vendors and market stalls. In Cambodia, Rick learns how to make a national dish Samlor kako, a stir-fried pork and vegetable soup flavoured with an array of spices; in Vietnam he is shown the best recipe for Pho Bo, a Vietnamese beef noodle soup; and in Thailand, Rick tries Geng Leuong Sai Gung Lai Sai Bua, a yellow curry made with prawns and lotus shoots that you won't find outside the country. Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey includes over 150 new recipes from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bali each complemented by Rick's colourful anecdotes from the trip and beautiful on-location photography. This is a visually-stunning culinary tribute to Southeast Asian cooking that evokes the magic of bustling markets, the sizzle of oil and the aromatic steam from a Far Eastern kitchen.

Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes

Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Approach the Mediterranean Sea from any direction and you know you've entered a different world. Rick Stein's culinary odyssey takes in both the islands and coast of this remarkable region. Travelling often by public ferry boat, and encountering extraodinary people along the way, Rick has sought out the very best of the region's food. This is a land where culinary trends are looked down upon. What matters is how good the lemons are this year and who is pressing the best olive oil. Rick's pick of more than 100 recipes includes Catalan Grilled Stuffed Mussels, Feta and Mint Pastries, Puglian Fava Bean Puree, Corsican Oysters with a Pernod and Tarragon Dressing, Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives, Sicilian Orange Cake and Corfiot Rice Pudding. Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography by Earl Carter and landscape photography by Craig Easton, Rick Stein's Mediterranean is a fascinating journey into a rich and varied culinary heritage.

Rick Stein's Seafood

Rick Stein's Seafood

Author: Rick Stein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Over the years, through his television programmes and books, Rick Stein has done much to inform us about fish and to encourage us to cook it for ourselves. However, many of us still feel nervous about cooking it at home. Rick Stein's Seafood brings together his knowledge and expertise, and includes 200 of his tried-and-tested recipes. It is divided into three separate sections: Techniques; Recipes and, finally, an A to Z of Fish. The techniques section covers all the main preparation and cooking methods for each type of fish (round, flat, shellfish etc), while the A-Z of fish is a comprehensive encyclopedia of fish and seafood including US, Australian and European fish. The recipe section includes all the essential basic recipes, such as stocks, sauces, batters etc. Useful cross references link all sections. Rick Stein's Seafood has been an international bestseller and was awarded the highly coveted James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year Award in 2005.

Rick Stein's Food Heroes

Rick Stein's Food Heroes

Author: Rick Stein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2005

Rick Stein, one of the UKs most popular and respected chefs, opens your eyes to the wealth of produce available on your doorstep with his book, Rick Stein's Food Heroes. Now available for the first time in paperback as well as hardback, this book is both an inspirational collection of recipes and a delightful celebration of British ingredients and those who create them. Rick has always encouraged us to think carefully about the food we eat, to seek out the best-quality ingredients and to cook them simply. In his accompanying TV series he travelled around Britain, searching out the best of all British produce, from bread to beer and lamb to cheese. The book contains over 100 recipes, including all those broadcast on BBC2. In addition to a host of brand new recipes (including Smoked Duck Breast Salad with New Potatoes and Fresh Raspberry Tart with Hazelnut and Coconut Pastry), Rick adds his own variations on traditional dishes, such as The Definitive Welsh Rarebit.

Rick Stein Starters

Rick Stein Starters

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2004

Rick Stein has handpicked 12 of his favourite recipes for Starters from his entire collection to appear in this charming gift book. From the chef famed for his championing of home-produced fresh ingredients, this is a selection of delicious and inspiring dishes. These pocket-sized cookbooks are simply bursting with delectable recipe ideas and, at such a reasonable price, make an irresistible gift or even a souvenir of a memorable meal at one of Rick Stein's restaurants. Along with the other titles that complete the series, Main Courses and Puddings, all the recipes are straightforward and accompanied by a full colour photograph so that everyone can enjoy the food of one of Britain's most respected and popular chefs.

Rick Stein Puddings

Rick Stein Puddings

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2004

Rick Stein has handpicked 12 of his favourite dessert recipes from his entire collection to appear in this charming gift book. From the chef famed for his championing of home-produced fresh ingredients, this is a selection of delicious and inspiring puddings. These pocket-sized cookbooks are simply bursting with delectable recipe ideas and, at such a reasonable price, make an irresistible gift or even a souvenir of a memorable meal at one of Rick Stein's restaurants. Along with the other titles that complete the series, Starters and Main Courses, all the simple recipes are accompanied by a full colour photograph so that everyone can enjoy the food of one of Britain's most respected and popular chefs.

Rick Stein Main Courses

Rick Stein Main Courses

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2004

This charming gift book contains 12 of Rick Stein's favourite recipes for main courses, hand-picked by Rick from his entire recipe collection. From the chef famed for his championing of home-produced fresh ingredients, it is a selection of delicious and inspiring dishes. The pocket-sized books are simply bursting with delectable ideas and, at such a reasonable price, will make an irresistible gift or even a souvenir of a memorable meal at one of Rick's Padstow restaurants. Along with the other titles that complete the series, Starters and Puddings, all recipes are straightforward and accompanied by a full colour photograph so that everyone can enjoy the food of one of Britain's most respected and popular chefs.

Rick Stein's Food Heroes: Another Helping

Rick Stein's Food Heroes: Another Helping

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2004

RECIPES INSPIRED BY THE FOOD HEROES OF BRITAIN Rick Stein has always encouraged us to think carefully about the food we eat, to seek out the best-quality ingredients and to cook them simply. In his Food Heroes series, Rick hit the road again, travelling around Britain and Ireland, searching out the best produce, from bread to beer and lamb to cheese. The cookbook contains over 100 of Rick's favourite recipes, many of them traditional, all of them with his own special spin. Guaranteed to open your eyes to the wealth of produce available on your doorstep, Rick Stein's Food Heroes: Another Helping is both an inspirational collection of recipes and a delightful celebration of British and Irish ingredients and those who create them. Rick Stein OBE is one of Britain's top five TV chefs and his cookery credentials are impeccable. He is a best-selling BBC author with sales of over 1 million copies of his BBC Books.

Rick Stein's Seafood Lovers' Guide

Rick Stein's Seafood Lovers' Guide

Author: Rick Stein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2003

Rick (and Chalky his trusty dog) discover great seafood dishes and small delicacies amongst the tidal estuaries, shingle banks and rocky shores of Britain. Rick travels from the bleak Suffolk coast where fishermen scrape a living catching cod to the wild, clear waters of Scotland's lochs bringing back an abundance of stories and imaginative, colourful recipes. The book is organised geographically with each chapter covering one of the regions featured in the BBC series. Rick describes the fish-catching and fish-eating traditions of each area as well as details of the local life, legends and literature. He singles out local delicacies and includes six to eight fish and seafood recipes per chapter. Each chapter is illustrated with stunning food and landscape photography and ends with an area map and a guide to a small selection of the best hotels, restaurants, pubs and specialist suppliers (including information on extra locations, not featured in the series). 'Just as I do in the restaurant to keep ahead of the game, I look for the best suppliers, the freshest fish and who catches them. In a way, this is what this series is about, the fish I love, for all sorts of reasons, not just taste or fashion, where they come from and the people who catch them and the best way to cook them. As a result of looking around the country for the best seafood, it's turned out to be a love affair with the changing coastline of Great Britain and Ireland and the business of going to sea in small boats to catch the freshest prime fish we have.' Rick Stein

English Seafood Cookery

English Seafood Cookery

Author: Rick Stein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2001

'Deserves a place on everyone's kitchen shelf' - Sophie Grigson Fish is becoming increasingly popular with the British who are learning to appreciate its enormous variety, versatility and its value as an essential part of a healthy diet. Drawing on culinary traditions from around the world, Rick Stein presents the special recipes he serves at his Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, and, by sharing the secrets of his most popular dishes, encourages us to cook seafood in new and exciting ways.

Rick Stein's French Odyssey

Rick Stein's French Odyssey

Author: Rick Stein Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Rick Stein embarks on a journey of gastronomic discovery from Padstow to Bordeaux and then to Marseille. The book is divided into a diary section and recipe chapters. Featuring starters, light lunches, main courses and desserts, the recipes include authentic versions of French classics - Vichyssoise, Pissaladiere, Bouillabasse, Cassoulet and Tarte Tatin - as well as new takes on traditional ingredients: Seared Foie Gras on Sweetcorn Pancakes, Fillets of John Dory with Cucumber and Noilly Prat, Rabbit with Agen Prunes and Polenta and Prune and Almond Tart with Armagnac. Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography by James Murphy and landscape photography by Craig Easton, Rick Stein's French Odyssey is both a souvenir of an unusual and idyllic journey through rural France and an inspiring collection of classic and original recipes. The good news is that the French rural gastronomic dream is still a reality, and the best of its food can be reproduced at home.