A NEW cookbook entitled ‘Gamba – A Seafood Cookbook’ has been launched by Derek Marshall, chef patron of the Glasgow’s foremost seafood restaurant.
Gamba is an award-winning, two AA rosette restaurant that has been at the forefront of Glasgow’s culinary scene since 1998 and the new cookbook reflects Derek’s passion for serving the freshest, sustainable Scottish seafood.
The hardback book showcases many of Derek’s most popular recipes alongside some exciting new interpretations of traditional dishes as well as providing a platform for the Scottish suppliers – and those from further afield – that provide Gamba with world-class produce and ingredients. The book, designed by Glasgow-based Sevenfive Creative, features stunning images by photographer Mark K Seager of Simple Photography.
“All the recipes are essentially quite simple because my philosophy in the kitchen has always been to let the ingredients do the talking,” explains Derek. “Many can be found on our menus in Gamba while others are brand new and yet to be featured. Each recipe calls on fresh, seasonal ingredients and is easy to make at home in your own kitchen.”
Showcasing dishes featuring fish and seafood that are perfect for simple suppers as well as special occasions, the book also offers hints and tips on how to get the best out of great ingredients as well as providing foolproof methods for preparing essential recipe components such as stock and salad dressing.
Among the most popular recipes are Gamba’s famous Fish Soup (known as Foup) and one of Derek’s long-time favourites, Whole Lemon Sole Meunière – a classic Gamba dish that has graced the menu since the day the restaurant opened.
Chapters featuring sumptuous desserts and a selection of Gamba’s signature cocktails complete the book.
“It’s been a labour of love collating all the recipes for this book,” says Derek. “Customers often ask us for advice on cooking fish and seafood, and ‘Gamba – A Seafood Cookbook’ shows them that cooking our delicious recipes at home isn’t complicated if you choose your ingredients well and cook them simply. Scotland has some of the best produce in the world and I hope my new cookbook goes some way to showcasing the fruits of the sea.”
‘Gamba – A Seafood Cookbook’, priced at £25, is Derek Marshall’s second cookbook. Copies are available now directly from the restaurant.