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The Good Cook's Encyclopedia First things first, this isn't a recipe book, although it does contain recipes. Rather it's an A to Z of practically everything that you might ever need to do in a kitchen, a complete guide to buying, preparing, cooking and serving food.

It details the sort of skills and knowledge which would have been passed down from parent to offspring a couple of generations back but which seem to have been taken off the menu in the age of the supermarket. Clear and concise chapters cover every major food group, explaining how to tell whether food is fresh or of good quality, when it is in season and how to store it.

The section on food preparation is particularly comprehensive, covering everything from the simplest task such

as soaking and boiling pulses to creating guards of honour from racks of lamb. Each process is broken down into easily digestible steps, explained clearly and complemented by pictures which look good as well as being helpful.

All the different methods of cooking are demonstrated and the theory behind their application is pointed out - slow, wet cooking such as stewing being used to tenderise meat while fast, dry cooking methods, such as grilling, seal in the flavour of vegetables, fish and meat.

Having gone to all the effort of selecting good ingredients, skilfully preparing them and cooking them with flair, it would be a travesty not to present them with due care. The chapters on carving and decoration are useful if you’ve never quite mastered the Sunday roast but there are also reminders not to forget the basics like

heating plates before presenting them. The beauty of this book lies in its methodical approach, it really does cover every aspect of cooking which the home cook is going to need, running the gamut from boiling an egg

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Bann's. 5 Hunter Square. 226 1112

Voted best cheap and cheerful meal in Edinburgh by List readers. Egon Roney recommended. 10am-1 1pm every day.

The Basement 10a-12a Broughton Street. 557 0097.

Restaurant quality food at pub-grub prices, served 'til 10pm in lively, colourful surroundings.

Cellar No 1 1a Chambers Street. 220 4298.

For superb atmosphere, woes and food, late nights and live music, the Cellar is No 1!

Common Grounds 2/3 North Bank

'1‘”! Street. 226 1416.

[Va/y American-style coffee house "i‘on The Mound. Food served all day. Live music most


Creelers 3 Hunter Square. 220 4447. 'Scottish seafood at its

best’.Bistro bar and a la carte restaurant. Game and

vegetarian Options

Dial restaurant/cafe 44/46 George IV Bridge. 225 7179.

’Wears its style With a capital With food to match.’ - Conrad Wilson, Modern Scottish CUisine.


Ercolano Bistro 1011 Drummond Street. 662 7722.

A charming Italian bistro Within close prOximity of the Festival Theatre.

Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road

229 5932 *

Relaxed, FILMHOUSE atmOSpheric cafe bar, sewing great value snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccinos 5- 10am till late.

Helios Fountain at Theatre Workshop 34 Hamilton Place. 225 8802.

A rather excellent vegetarian coffee house, where friendly staff serve tasty food also a bar.

Howies 208 Bruntsfield Place.

221 1777; 63 Dalry Road. 313 3334; 75 St. Leonard's Street. 668 2917. Three popular Edinburgh restaurants serving excellent value Scottish/French cuisine in an informal atmosphere.

Isabels Café 83 Clerk Street (below Nature’s Gate). 662 4014.

Stone walled, smoke-free basement oasis serving homemade veggie/vegan food fresh, delicious and cheap!

Khublai Khans Mongolian BBQ

43 Assembly Street. 555 0005.

Lunch (Fri & Sun) £5.95, dinner (seven days) £13.95. All you can eat DlY BBQ. Unique and fun.

Kaffe Politik 146/148 Marchmont

Road 446 9873

Espresso bar. Jtiice bar. Food ‘éf m

specials all day. ’Worth the

trip.' 10am~ 10pm, 7 days. Ndebele 57 Home Street. 221 1141. A cafe and sandWIch deli With an impresswe range of culinary delights from Southern Africa

Negociants cafe, bar, restaurant. 45-47 Lothian Street 225 6313. Eclectic Mediterranean menu, superb range of drinks, coffees, cocktails, Wines and beers Open 9-3am

Pancho Villas 240 Canonqate 557 4416.

Mexican-born owner Mayra Nunez says 'lf you’re going to eat MeXican, then don't be bland.‘ Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm

La Piazza 97-99 ShandWIck Place. 221 1150.

ViSit (he most stylish Italian restaurant in town open Monday to Sunday.

Helios Fountain 7 Grassmarket.

229 7884.

A rather excellent vegetarian coffee house, where friendly staff serve tasty food

Smoke Stack 53-55 Broughton Street. 556 6032.

Much more than burgers and steaks at this SlyllSh but friendly new chargrill restaurant.

36 36 Great King Street. 556 3636. n / Demonstrates an eclectic J O vision of atmosphere in

design, graphics and lighting, and importantly, its food and service.

Back Alley Restaurant 8 Ruthven Lane. 334 7165.

World wrde cuisine, weekend breakfasts, Happy Hour, lunch menu, evening specials and Glasgow's best burgers!

Balbir's 51 West Regent Street.

331 1980.

Not big, not designer, not sexy, just brilliant. High quality Indian cuisine at affordable prices.

Grassroots 20 Woodlands Road.

353 3278.

Scare-free food, organic groceries, excellent bread, fine cheeses, herbs and spices, wholesome foods yum, yum.

Kama Sutra 331 Sauchiehall Street. 332 0055. g, , Buffet on down (“We ("ties for a qUickie at lunchtime, £5.95. Monday evening buffet £9.95 (until 10.30pm).

Mama Miska 1321 Argyle Street. 334 0594.

Mama LaSh'mJS Of paprika, pasta and pizza. ’An Alpine

grotto of delight, highly

recommended.’ The List.

Mojo 158a Bath Street. 331 2257.

Much acclaimed stylish M

bar/restaurant a

unique blend of modern brasserie cooking in an intimate setting.

Mungo Jerri's, American Sandwich Cafe 25 Parnie Street. 552 7999 (phone/fax).

ChOice of 33 varieties of American food in American style With iazz and R88.

Murphy's Pakora Bar 1287 Argyle Street m l I o-{‘\

334 1550. f 3 Over 30 ways to get stuffed v 1"

at the great Murphy.s ....... .. bUffCt. Daily Only

Ocho 150 West Campbell Street. 332 1032.

providing relaxed

meals, noon-7pm, funky music, great

A vibrant new bar, vibes and daily drinks promotions.

Ristorante La Fiorentina 2 Paisley Road West. 420 1585.

Savour the flavour of Tuscan cooking with our extensive menu including many vegetarian dishes.

Restaurant Splash. at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 62 3NY.

Tel 332 3163.

Stravaigin 28 Gibson Street.

334 2665.

Fresh Scottish ingredients, authentic and original recipes, award-winning cooking, lively and informal atmosphere.

The 13th Note 80 Glassford Street. "' 553 1638. Bar/cafe/venue with a totally vegan menu of wholesome food within a relaxed atmosphere.

Tron Theatre 63 Trongate. 552 8587. 'A whole lot more than great theatre’. Voted Glasgow's best bar The List Readers Poll.

The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton

Lane. . i 334 5007. Ubéqvihuf (MP Oneof

Glasgow's finest restaurants serving modern Scottish fayre.

Vino Vino 51a West Regent Street. 332 7718.

'Good food prices right side of modest.’ Diner Tec. Live music Wed,

Thurs, Fri VINO~VINO

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