Daniel Clifford, TV regular and two-Michelin starred chef at riverside restaurant Midsummer House, has been getting some incredible feedback from his fellow chefs for his debut cook book, ‘Out of my Tree – Midsummer House’ which goes on general release on September 21.
Part cook book and part autobiography, it’s a warts and all account of the pressures and triumphs of his 20 years in the hospitality industry; a brutally honest account of his life story, and a tribute to the distinctive style and sophistication of his dishes. It tells the story of how Daniel went from being a dyslexic child from a broken home to one of the best chefs in the country.
Some of the best chefs in the UK have got their hands on early copies and are now full of praise on social media for a book that has been dubbed “the new White Heat”.
Michel Roux Jr has described the book as ‘stunning’, Tom Kerridge calls it a ‘Heart opening insight into the great (sic) industry on earth!!” while Monica Galetti wrote “I’m meant to be in service but I have just read through to chapter six The Flood, really inspiring story and history, with great humour…”
Here’s a selection of the comments so far:
Michael Roux Jr: Holy fish cakes what a stunning book! Merci chef @Midsummerchef
Monica Galetti: Um.. I’m meant to be in service but I have just read through to chapter six The Flood, really inspiring story and history, with great humour, thank you for sharing xx
James Martin: What an amazing book @Midsummerchef, congrats fella! Thanks for the words. Amazing insight to one of the titans of the U.K. food scene.
Tom Kerridge: Simply jaw dropping!! What and incredible book!! Heart opening insight into the great industry on earth!! @midsummerchef @midsummer_house_restaurant
Meanwhile, experienced food writer Andy Lynes, who writes for industry magazines such as Chef Magazine and The Caterer said on twitter: “So @midsummerchef book Out of My Tree – Midsummer House is basically the new White Heat – every chef in the UK is going to want this on their shelf. Was up to the early hours reading it, proper page turner. How many cook books can you say that about?”
As well as Daniel’s story, Out of My Tree – Midsummer House features over 140 recipes right from the early days of Midsummer House in the late ‘90s through garnering two Michelin stars and the success of the tasting menu through to the very latest recipes the restaurant is serving today.
Daniel counts Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains as two of his closest friends and is widely regarded in industry circles as one of the country’s most revered chefs, having won the Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the 2015/16 AA Awards.
As Sat Bains puts it: “Midsummer House is Daniel’s open love letter to gastronomy; a letter of heartache, pain, sorrow, absolute elation and joy that you’d have to be f****ing nuts to endure. He’s proven that we all need goals and if we work hard enough we can achieve anything. I look at this as a chapter in his life that he can now reflect on, and the openness and intimate detail he goes into in this book is a joy to read.”