Simon Hopkinson

Simon Hopkinson
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In 2005 the British magazine Waitrose Food Illustrated designated Roast Chicken and Other Stories as the “one of the most useful cookery books of all time.”

Simon Hopkinson
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Salade Nioise

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Simon Hopkinson was born in 1954 and grew up in Bury, Lancashire, where his love of good eating was established at the kitchen table. He left school at seventeen to work in the kitchen of Yves Champeau, the chef-patron of the Normandie in Birtle where the flavors of regional French cooking made a lasting impression on him. He established The Shed in Dinas at the age of 21, and in 1978 became the youngest chef to win an Egon Ronay star.


In 1983 he launched himself on the London restaurant scene as chef at the newly opened Hilaire on the Old Brompton Road and soon found himself an acclaimed young chef in that era. His friendship withTerence Conran led to the opening of Bibendum in 1987, where he worked as chef until 1995 when he retired to concentrate more on his writing.


Simon’s regular column in the Independent won him the Glenfiddich Award for Cookery Writing three times. His book Roast Chicken and Other Stories won both the Andre Simon and Glenfiddich Awards for 1995 and was voted the most useful cookery book of all time in a survey of food writers, chefs and restaurateurs. His other books include Gammon and Spinach and Second Helpings of Roast Chicken 


One critic wrote of Roast Chicken and Other Stories that “nobody has written a book about food as important, with as natural an understanding of ingredients.”


Latest Recipes

My Dhal

Moong dhal, also sometimes written as "mung dal," is a popular Indian dish made with a type of yellow bean that's a member of the lentil family. This My Dhal lentil recipe has a comforting yet exotic flavor that makes for a great introduction to Indian food. It's mild yet bursting with flavors and spices that will transport you to another world. It's delicious on its own, or serve over rice for a more filling dish. If you're looking for an easy way to add some excitement to your weeknight dinners, this moong dhal recipe is just the thing.

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Salade Nioise

Of late, I have come to the conclusion that tuna is redundant in a salade Nioise. This is purely personal and I know that some aficiona...

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Anchovy, Garlic, and Rosemary

Lamb and anchovy, odd though it may seem, were made for each other. I think I am right in saying that this roast lamb is a continental c...

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Slow-Braised Belly Pork with Soy, Ginger, and Garlic

If you're thinking of trying out a new pork belly recipe, this Slow-Braised Belly Pork with Soy, Ginger, and Garlic is a must-make. Tender pork, infused with the flavors of ginger and garlic, falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. This belly pork recipe is a delicious main dish and goes well with any number of sides. The best part is that pork belly is typically a very inexpensive cut of meat, so you don't have to shell out to enjoy this flavorful Asian-inspired dish.

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Poulet Saute Au Vinaigre

This very simple dish is a great favorite. Its success lies in the fact that there are very few ingredients other than a good chicken an...

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Tripe Madrid-Style

Tripe Madrid-Style evokes the spices and flavors of an exotic Spanish getaway. A delicious tripe recipe that comforts on a cold day, the combination of savory, tender meat and luscious tomatoes is the perfect soul-soothing stew that will have you wanting more. It takes a while to cook, but as the saying goes, all good things take time - the finished product is well worth the wait.

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Spaghetti al Aglio & Peperoncino

Spaghetti al Aglio Peperoncino is a simple pasta recipe that can go from stove to table in only 15 minutes. Even though this pasta recipe is made with only a few ingredients, each bite is packed with flavor. The secret to making this flavorful pasta recipe is homemade garlic-and-chili-infused olive oil. Making the infused oil is as easy as gently cooking sliced garlic and red chilis in the olive oil. Al dente pasta is then tossed with the flavored oil, garlic, and chiles before getting served. This Italian pasta recipe is an ideal vegetarian dinner for two.

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New-Crop Garlic, Saffron & Tomato Quiche

This New-Crop Garlic, Saffron and Tomato Quiche recipe brings a unique sophistication to quiche that you've never seen before. Garlic and cheese make for an explosion of flavor while saffron lends this dish a gorgeous golden color. This easy quiche recipe looks gorgeous on the dinner table and is sure to impress for a dinner party or date. You can serve it as an appetizer, but a vegetable quiche like this one also makes for an unforgettable main dish.

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Broiled Eggplant with Pesto

It doesn't take a ton of ingredients to make a delicious vegetarian recipe, as you can see from this Broiled Eggplant with Pesto. This eggplant recipe cooks up in less than a half hour, so it's perfect for a last-minute dinner idea! Homemade pesto and a squeeze of lemon come together with the baked eggplant for a flavorful vegetable recipe that works well as a main course or as a side dish. Give your vegetarian meals a little Italian flair - this is one of those recipes that seems complicated but is actually very simple.

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Congee with Bok Choy, Golden Fried Garlic, Green Chili & Soy

What is congee? Also sometimes known as "jook," it's a type of rice porridge recipe that's popular in many Asian countries - but it's far from bland. This Congee with Bok Choy, Golden Fried Garlic, Green Chili and Soy is made with flavorful ingredients such as garlic and chiles for a zesty, filling dish that's both delicious and easy to digest, making it a favorite get-well-soon recipe. It might not be what typically comes to mind when you think of Chinese food, but this Chinese congee recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. Comfort food has never looked so good!

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Pappardelle with Artichokes and Sage

Pasta recipes can tend to be pretty heavy, but not this Pappardelle with Artichokes and Sage. Tossed in olive oil, this light pasta recipe is easy and quick to make - it cooks up in less than 30 minutes. Artichokes, sage, and lemon juice combine to infuse this recipe with tart and tangy flavor. It's great for date night or a family dinner! Italian recipes don't have to be complicated, and boxed pasta doesn't have to be boring. When you combine pappardelle pasta with this artichoke recipe, it becomes a delicious Italian meal that anyone would love.

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Rachel Cooke’s Wonderful Parmesan Crackers

I first tasted these extraordinarily delicious crackers at Rachel and her husband Tony’s North London home. They were served with an equa...

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Asian Scallion, Radish & Cucumber Salad with Cashews & Vermicelli

Before you start, you will need on hand both ginger syrup and sesame paste. Also, feel free to add more of one ingredient or another, and...

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Salad of Warm Skate with New Potatoes

The combination of strands of softly cooked skate flesh and slices of waxy potatoes is a deeply pleasing one. No explanation needed here...

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Chilled Pea, Pear and Cucumber Soup

An unusual combination but one that works beautifully; once you have tasted the first cool, smooth spoonful you will see what I mean. Th...

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Fennel à la Grecque

This is particularly good as an accompaniment to grilled or cold poached fish such as (respectively) mullet or salmon but it is equally ...

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Marinated Tuna with Avocado, Chilli, and Cucumber

Based upon the South American favorite ceviche; in other words, raw fish “cooked” by being soaked in lemon or lime juice until slightly ...

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Spinach Dumplings

I call these “dumplings” because I think it’s a nice name, but they really are a sort of gnocchi. These are delicate dumplings, not your...

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Roasted Leg of Rabbit with Bacon and a Mustard Sauce

The rabbit that you use for this dish should be the French-farmed variety. They are tender, large, and succulent. If you find it impossib...

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Oriental Salad

The idea for this recipe developed from traditional Thai salads, which make use of bean sprouts, noodles, mint and cilantro, chillies, o...

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