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Aggie's Family Cookbook: Save Time, Save Money [Hardcover]

Aggie MacKenzie
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Book Description

3 Oct 2011
TV's Aggie MacKenzie is a passionate cook and former head of the Good Housekeeping Institute and her new book will help you to save time in your kitchen, save money on your weekly shop and improve your family s diet. Included are tips and suggestions on shopping for good nutrition, devising a four-week eating plan, sticking to your budget, preparing ahead to avoid the need for ready meals and teaching the kids to cook. You can even make sure that your kitchen is as sparkly clean as Aggie s as she gives ideas on maintaining a clean fridge and freezer, blitzing your cupboards and even how to get those really stubborn burnt bits of old food out of the oven. Stunning, specially commissioned photography of mouthwatering, delicious recipes to suit every occasion will have you heading for your kitchen to get cooking. Classic recipes include Baked Chicken with Lemon, healthy fish and chips, chunky apple pie and seriously gooey yummy chocolate brownies. If the kids have their mates over for dinner, Aggie s Clissold fried chicken, burritos, cheesy rolls and the ultimate veggie curry will definitely have them coming back for more. With brilliant ideas for cooking with leftovers, clever ways of bulking out a dinner for four so that it serves six, indulgent breakfast treats and all the bits and pieces that make life so much better, Aggie s Family Cookbook is the one kitchen essential you won t want to be without.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059313
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a real family cookbook. It's as if your best friend who's a fantastic cook just handed over all her favourite recipes...a brilliantly down to earth cookbook that you'll use again and again. --Fiona Beckett for The Frugal Cook, 11th October 2011

'Clean Cuisine'...a culmination of more than 20 years as a working mum, who knows all about how to feed her children well, without a lot of fuss and without resorting to ready meals. --The Scotsman, 29th September 2011

Aggie's new book is truly a personal collection and a labor of love. It's your chance to see what's in Aggie's cupboards via her recipes. --Gretchen McCarthy, in conversation with Aggie MacKenzie on, October 2011

Scores of new cookbooks cross my desk each year, but this one stands out. Packed with down-to-earth recipes... --Karen Barnes, Delicious magazine, December 2011

Scores of new cookbooks cross my desk each year, but this one stands out. Packed with down-to-earth recipes... --Karen Barnes, Delicious magazine, December 2011

About the Author

Aggie MacKenzie is best known for co-presenting the enormously successful TV show How Clean is Your House? Before that she was head of the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversaw the cookery and consumer departments of the magazine. She has a food-related money-wise and tips column in Good Housekeeping every month, a tried-and-tested page in Delicious and columns in Sainsbury s Magazine and Best. She regularly takes part in Ask the Expert on BBC Radio 5 Live s Richard Bacon show and also blogs for Mumsnet and The Huffington Post UK.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your new best friend in the kitchen. 26 Oct 2011
By J Munro
I buy cookery books a lot and at the end of every year I have a cull. The ones that don't make it are usually pristine, often bought on the basis of one recipe that the rest of the book failed to live up to. I have had Aggie's book for a week and it already has tomato sauce on it from the meatball recipe and a fine dusting of flour on the page for scones. This one will definitely be a keeper. Aggie's straightforward approach is refreshing. You won't find long lists of ingredients only available in the more chi chi parts of London. Instead it is full of useful advice that will help you put good food on the table day after day without leaving you frazzled. There are shopping lists, freezing instructions and hints on how to use leftovers or adapt recipes for bigger numbers. There is a huge variety of recipes to try and even my kids have had a go at a couple of them. So if you want a bit of variety in your repertoire buy this book, you won't regret it.
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By Kerry
Full disclosure: I'm Aggie's sister. And one of the zillion reasons I love this book is that now all the recipes I've been filching from Ag for years (and a whole lot more I wanted but hadn't got around to nicking) are here, all in one place! I was bowled over by the book from the get-go (and I don't even eat meat). The wealth of mouthwatering recipes (that really work), the bonus 40-plus pages of tips and info at the front of the book (I never knew there was a difference between "Best before" and "Use by" labels), the photography and the design are all fantastic. It's going to solve a few Xmas gift problems this year. Just a few of the highlights for me: The restaurant-style creamy fish stew is brilliantly named--it really does look and taste like a dish you would be served with in a high-end place and pay an arm and a leg for. I've made it to eat at home, and I've carried it to friends for a potluck. Either way, there is never a trace left by the end of the evening. The best-ever pumpkin risotto is also aptly named---it's to die for. I thought I knew what a good pumpkin risotto was until I had this one. And I've been making my own spicy prawn recipe for decades, which was tasty enough, but Ag's one beats it hands down. (I used the maple syrup as I had that to hand.) In the dessert section, the sumptuous marinated peaches dessert is my idea of the perfect recipe---almost effortless, looks gorgeous, tastes divine. (And people have no idea why it tastes so amazing until they ask what's in it!) The F-word trifle is another exquisite pud that I make for special occasions. There are never leftovers, which is probably a good thing. I haven't made the coffee and pecan cream meringues myself but I've tasted Ag's and they are unbelievably scrumptious. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clean plates all round 19 Jan 2012
To those who know Aggie MacKenzie only as the smarter, less belligerent half of TV grime-busting duo Kim and Aggie, this cookbook may come as a surprise. Before becoming famous for cleaning up homes from Hell, however, the elegant Ms MacKenzie worked as Food Editor of Sainsbury's Magazine and head of the Good Housekeeping Institute, so she knows her way around a kitchen without a mop in her hand.
This collection comes straight from the heart and is full of the kind of wholesome, down-to-earth family recipes that every household should have to hand: a gorgeous, creamy chicken and mushroom pie; a comforting lamb and lentil curry; easy-peasy pissaladiere and meltingly good brownies, all simply and clearly explained (like a less tortuous version of Delia before she started writing entire volumes on egg recipes and ways with instant mash).
What really sets this book apart, though, is the section on planning, equipment and - yes - cleaning. There's guidance on stocking your store cupboard and sensible advice on which gadgets to buy - and those to avoid. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find this book useful, but its refreshingly fuss-free and value-focused approach makes it especially suitable for students and those setting up home for the first time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Family Cookbook 26 Oct 2011
By candidK
I got this book the day i heard Aggie MacKenzie being interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland. Since then i've made the tablet, the sage gnocchi and Ewan's chicken fried rice. In fact we had the chicken fried rice last night which is a firm favourite for the family and a mega firm favourite for me because it's both very quick and really tasty. I had tried a version of this before but Aggie's book suggests adding grated ginger, which adds a whole new flavour. I love the way it tells you at a glance how long the entire meal takes to make - and it's a true reflection, unlike another favourite cook's - which takes three times the amount stated - NEVER 30 mins! I LOVE cookery books and can honestly say this is a MUST for good allround tasty - and quick - food. A bargain - even at full price!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The title `Aggie's Family Cookbook: Save Time, Save Money' got me interested from the start. Like all busy Mums, I am always looking for ways to free up some precious minutes and ease the purse strings. So I was intrigued to tuck in and see if Aggie could help me feed my family good healthy food whilst not slaving in the kitchen for hours day after day.

Overall, the cookbook is bright with inviting photos of soul nourishing dishes and heart warming stews. What is immediately different is the first forty-five pages are set aside to very useful advice: how to menu plan 4 weeks ahead, handy tips on how to clean your kitchen quickly yet effectively, a basic list of essential kitchen gadgets and how to get the kids enthused about cooking. Aggie assures the reader that all the recipes have been tried and tested using ingredient quantities corresponding to supermarket pack sizes - so there is no chance of remnants going mouldy in a jar in my fridge. The more I read on, the more I'm impressed by the good common sense.

Handily, most recipes are on one page - no ruining the book by turning the page with dirty fingers mid-cooking - with a photo of what's it should to look like on the opposite side.

The chapters are broken down into occasions for picnics, weekends, special breakfasts, and puddings. My favourite chapter is `Food on the run' where Aggie claims some recipes could be on the table within 15 minutes. The `Restaurant Style Creamy Fish Stew' took a bit longer but it was undoubtedly quick, easy to make, and very filling. It reminded me of a chowder but without the potatoes, whilst the oyster sauce gave it a secret `je ne sais quoi'. I will definitely make this again.

The Weekend Dinners chapter feature recipes requiring more time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I just love this cookbook! I bought it on holiday and enjoyed myself just reading the recipes, knowing that these were dishes I would really be making regularly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Everyday Cookbook
This is a no fuss everyday cookbook, I first picked a copy up at the library & I was so impressed I bought my own copy. Good & practical, good everyday grub. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Gaskell
2.0 out of 5 stars Aggies Family Cook Book
I bought this after reading the reviews for it. I was looking forward to receiving this book but I have been disappointed the recipes wheren't as exciting as I hoped and dispite... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Bevan
4.0 out of 5 stars aggies family cookbook
I read the other reviews on this book and was impressed but I dont feel that it quite reaches the mark, I cooked the rolls (the ones without yeast) and found them like bullets. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by jillyp
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggie the cookery book
Well Aggie's cookbook is not written by one of those glorious chefs - it is a typical family cookery book - even though maybe a bit old fashioned hate Lasagne too much bother a... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Mrs. D. H. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggie's Family Cookbook
My wife was very pleased with many of the recipes and some excellent tips and the easy to understand manner of writing.
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Brian Davis "Davo"
4.0 out of 5 stars For someone wanting to cook from scratch every day
Aggie's Family Cookbook from the lovely Aggie Mackenzie, better known as the friendlier of the two ladies who used to invade people's houses and tell them how filthy dirty they... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by SL Trivuncic
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggies family cookbook
What a lovely cook book! The photography is gorgeous. More importantly the recipes are straightforward and produce the promised results (not always the case with "celebrity cook... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by EMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Super easy to use - a kitchen must-have
I've got a busy schedule and often leave the cooking to my husband who is a lot more patient than me! Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Helen Barrett
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