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4 Ingredients [Paperback]

Kim McCosker , Rachael Bermingham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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2 April 2009
Over 340 quick, easy and very delicious recipes that readers can easily whip up to wow their friends and family - and all with only 4 or less ingredients. Featuring fantastic recipes from breakfast to dinner, entrees to desserts and lunchbox delights, 4 Ingredients is ideal for busy people, those on a tight budget, students or those with not enough room for a full pantry.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: 4 Ingredients (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646470809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646470801
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so easy! 6 April 2009
I am so impressed with this book, it really does provide meals with just 4 or fewer ingredients. Originally, friends told me about it and I thought it too good to be true but I have just made a Pecan Pie which true to its word only required 4 ingredients. I am a busy parent without much time on my hands, this book is a god send!
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely Simple 23 Mar 2009
I was recommended this book by some Australian friends who were over in Blighty last summer. Apparently it's taken the whole of Oz by storm and I can see why having just got a copy myself. These recipes are so good and simple that even my 10 year old can use the book and the variety of meals that one really can cook with just 4 ingredients is a real surprise. It's much better - and cheaper - than all those books by celebrity chefs that include ingredients that I'm sure no one ever has to hand. I can't recommend it enough.
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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 1 April 2009
By Another Weasley VINE VOICE
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I heard about this from a friend and decided it would be worth a look. I am not the world's best cook and anything that makes life easier is a worth a shot in my view!

I have to say I am a bit disappointed with what arrived. The book is filled with "recipes", however it seems like some shouldn't really count as recipes. Take for example korma chicken - the four ingredients are chicken, 2 carrots, freshly chopped coriander AND a jar of Korma sauce. Another one for Rogan Josh - the four ingredients are lamb, 1 onion, 1 yellow pepper AND a jar of Rogan Josh sauce. I expected details of how to make your own sauce using 4 ingredients rather than the sauce being one of the ingredients. Maybe I was expecting too much but I feel a bit cheated by that as it should really be called ways to improve dishes, rather than recipes.

It is good in that it may give you ideas of how to add more to dishes and learn how to experiment yourself adding different flavours etc. It also could be a good introduction to cooking for kids. However I think 7 is a bit expensive for what it is and there are better books out there for introduction to cookery. It gives a few good tips but I don't think it will be a book you use over and over, I think it is one that will be put in the back of a cupboard and forgotten about.

Like I said, maybe I was expecting too much and there are some good tips and ideas there, but on the whole it did not really impress me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 9 Jun 2009
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This book is great for anyone like me who is somewhat domestically challenged! It's really simple and easy to follow. I can highly recommend the zingy chicken - chicken dipped in soy sauce and egg and rolled in crushed cornflakes?! Who'd have thought it?
The only thing I don't like is that part of it is cheating - in some cases, one of the four ingredients is a 'jar or sauce' or 'vegetables'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for being so simple 4 Aug 2009
By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I was fairly sceptical about these recipes as they are so simple and indeed some ae ridiculously so. But I have made a few of them and they have worked very well- not fancy cookery but very tasty. I made the pineapple cake and my son and husband said it was the best cake they have tasted! It was certainly the easiest cake I have made! I recommend this as it is full of very good ideas.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this book years ago 7 April 2009
Wow - I can't describe how great it feels to be cooking my own meals. A self confessed convenience cooker, I didn't for one minute believe I would be able to cook great meals for the family. But I have,,,,,creamy meatballs that the kids loooved and so easy - I can't wait to work my way through the rest of this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Ingredients 18 Oct 2009
I bought this recipe book after seeing the programme on Good Food Channel on Sky and the fact that there were 4 of less ingredients appealed to me. I have tried several of the recipes and have been very pleased with the result. There are no pictures in the book but on the whole that doesn't matter as what you get at the end is very good. I would recommend this recipe book to all my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but basic 25 May 2009
I bought this book after hearing a couple of interviews with the very enthusiastic authors. To be fair the book is as described but as a reasonably accomplished cook I found it all a bit basic; I think the entries, on the whole, would be better described as quick meal ideas rather than recipes. This would be great for a student going off to university or someone who is living on their own for the first time and who isn't a confident cook but I wouldn't buy it for someone who is a regular cook.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book for a family on a budget or even students. Most recipes need literally 4 ingredients or less. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mumof2Girls
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent
really simple recipes and money saving tips came right away packed well and hassle free . don't hesitate to buy this as it will save you a lot of time
Published 3 months ago by William Luke
1.0 out of 5 stars take one ingredient
get this book and take one more ingredient ( THE DUSTBIN ) and throw this book in it and shut the lid down , how long before we get a book saying ( take one menu and order a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by whiskey boy
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful cookbook
Great recipes that actually get made often, as I usually have the ingredients to hand - which doesn't happen with many cookbooks
Published 4 months ago by Ms M Valori
3.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
A little disappointed as there are No pictures in the book :( but good recipes and kids snacks sure to be enjoyed
Published 6 months ago by virginia
1.0 out of 5 stars It was far from new.
This book took over two months to arrive. When I emailed them to find out where it was I got not reply. When it eventually arrived it had a sticker on it saying it was new. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 ingredients
I love this book. It has opened up a whole new world of cooking for me. Great first time cookbook.
Published 14 months ago by S E Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 ingredients
Interesting and amusing book. I didn't always quite get the result I desired but it was fun trying. I would recomment it.
Published 15 months ago by Ms P Cumberpatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Loved the TV show a couple of years back so when I saw the books, just had to buy, they have some excellent recipes, such a clever idea, sometimes I think we over complicate... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chris P
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good student book
Very good student cook book. Cheap recipes that are easy to make on a budget and are also extremely quick. Would recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Christopher Waugh
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