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The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: delicious dishes, relatively easy prep

Cons: hard to find ingredients, lots of specialty cookware

Since I'm probably never going to experience Ferran Adria's molecular wonders in Spain, I wanted something of his that I could experience in my own kitchen.  His book of recipes used for the family meal at El Bulli looked just easy enough to attempt.  The book is presented much differently than the typical cookbook.  The preparation steps are storyboard pictures, and the ingredients are listed based on 2, 6, 20, or 75 servings (what home cook needs 75 servings??).  It takes a little time to get used to, but I really liked being able to see the dishes in process, especially when I was making something I had never tried before.


Now to the food...  It's amazing.  For such simple fare, I'm honestly shocked how much I loved it.  I even started to like peas after trying his peas and ham recipe.  I roasted a perfect chicken.  I made my own ceviche.  I made these stewed turkey legs that left me sucking on the bones.  Out of the maybe 15 full meals I tried, I only found 2 recipes I wouldn't try again.  Yes, 2 out of 45.  That's a pretty amazing accomplishment for a cookbook.


Some people have mentioned that the ingredients may be a little off for the 6 person servings, but when using the 2 person servings, I had no problem.  The only thing that irritated me a little was the difficulty of finding some of the ingredients, despite the note at the beginning of the book mentioning that these meals were specifically chosen because the ingredients are easy to find.  I had to visit ethnic groceries to find: lamb neck, pork belly, yellow curry paste, and sardines.  Most of the fishes he calls for are not found in US markets, but I was able to locate close substitutes with the help of my fishmonger.  And there is some specialty equipment that is needed, such as a pressure cooker and a whipped cream siphon.  Adria gives instructions for how to make the dish if you're missing the equipment, but it just doesn't seem the same.


Overall I love this cookbook.  I think making a whole meal would probably be a stretch on a weeknight, but individual dishes are definitely doable.  The instructions are pretty simple and clear, so anyone with a basic knowledge of cooking could be very successful.  Highly recommended.


Peas & Ham


2 servings


2 tsp olive oil

1 small onions, finely sliced

2 thin slices cured ham (Serrano, Iberico, Bayonne, or Parma recommended)

1/4 oz ham fat (I found lardo in the deli counter)

2 cups frozen peas

1 cinnamon stick

1 sprig fresh mint

1/3 cup ham stock (I used Better Than Bouillon)


Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then add the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes until softened.  Cute the ham into thin, 1-inch long strips.  Chop the ham fat into very small pieces.  Add the chopped ham and fat to the onion.  Fry gently for 2 minutes, or until the fat has melted and the ham and onion are golden.  Stir in the frozen peas and continue to cook for 4 minutes.  Add the cinnamon stick and mint, then cover the pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Pour in the ham stock and simmer for another 5 minutes, covered, until the peas are very tender.  Remove one tenth of the peas and process with a hand-held blender until creamy.  Add this back to the peas to make the sauce creamier.  Mix well.  Season to taste with salt and serve in soup plates.

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

The Family Meal is the first home cooking cookbook by the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria. It features nearly 100 delicious recipes by Ferran Adria that anyone can prepare, inspired by the dishes eaten every day by the staff at his legendary restaurant El Bulli, awarded World's Best Restaurant five times.The recipes inThe Family Meal are easy-to-prepare and meant for family dining at home. From Roast Chicken with Potato Straws, Sea Bass Baked in Salt and Mexican-style Slow-Cooked Pork to White Chocolate Cake and Baked Apples with Whipped Cream, there is a wide selection of everyday classics for every night of the week. The cookbook is also the first by such a renowned chef to ensure that the dishes are affordle and the ingredients are widely availle at the local supermarket.The Family Meal is organized into three-course menus, with appetizers, mains and desserts, so you can prepare a well-balanced meal at home without fuss. Each recipe is shown with numerous step-by-step full-color photographs, and conversions on how you can prepare a meal for a small or large group - for 2, 6, 20 or 75 people.This is the cookbook by Ferran Adria everyone has been waiting for, it is sure to be one of the most talked out and popular cookbooks of the season.

AuthorFerran Adrià
EditionFirst Edition
LabelPhaidon Press
List Price$29.95
ManufacturerPhaidon Press
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages384
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2011-10-03
PublisherPhaidon Press
StudioPhaidon Press
TitleThe Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
Height1.3 inches
Length11.5 inches
Weight3.5 pounds
Width8.1 inches
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