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Alice's Cookbook (New Voices in Food) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Alice Hart
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Book Description

2 July 2010 New Voices in Food
Alice Hart is an exciting, authoritative new young voice on food who loves to share her culinary knowledge with friends. For her, food is about fun. In this, her first book, she aims to encourage her generation of 20- and 30-somethings to cook the original, modern food they enjoy to fit the lifestyles they lead. With chapters based around occasions - breakfast and brunches, suppers and shared lunches, laid-back parties, outdoor camping and picnic food - Alice is acutely aware of seasonal cooking, dividing the recipes into Frost and Fireside or Sunshine and Strawberries. Whenever you dip into the book - whether it be in January to find a New Year brunch, during August for a faded summer kitchen supper for friends, or in winter for ideas for a chic drinks party - you will find a selection of inspiring and memorable menus. Recipes are eclectic and varied, ranging from Boursin Omelette Baguettes (Portable Breakfast for a Crowd), Campfire charred mackerel with red chicory and pomegranate (Summer Camping), Lemongrass pork bun bowls (Autumn Supper), to Toffee Pears with Flaked Almonds (Winter Film Night). Alice shows how to make cooking for a crowd easier and cheaper, and her practical hints on timing a meal, making your storecupboard work for you and scaling quantities up or down will make life more easy for people who love to cook and eat. This book is above all cook-friendly, with quick ideas for packed lunches and recipes to get you out of a fix when time is really tight. As Alice says, it's not just about cooking, it's about enjoying life to the full.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008889
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the treats needed for a perfect summer's day-out --The Times - 3rd July 2010 -

Alice Heart is a fun and funky new voice in food - and one we like -- Mail on Sunday - 11th of July 2010-

Easy-to-follow advice on everything from wholesome brunches to smart dinner parties, with inspirational seasonal recipes. --Country Life, 7th July 2010 -

A delightful first book from a fresh new breeze in the world of cooking. --BBC Good Food Magazine, September 2010

Uncomplicated, moreish and packed with good-for-you ingredients --Zest, September 2010

Alice Hart is a fun and funky new voice in food - and one we like --You Magazine (Mail on Sunday), July 11, 2010

About the Author

Alice Hart, 28, was the youngest ever food editor at Waitrose Food Illustrated, a chef, and a food stylist whose friends describe her as a 'feeder'. Her firm grasp on what people love to cook and eat comes from amazingly broad experience. Since begging her way into the pastry section at the renowned Griffin Inn in Sussex as a teenager, she has gained a degree in physiology and neuroscience, run a farmer's market bakery stall and become an alumnus of Leiths School of Food and Wine. Her popup restaurant week in London's Shoreditch in February sold out in less than a day. Later this year she plans to launch a Vietnamese restaurant. And whenever she has the time, she is cooking and travelling in her pride and joy: Myrtle the Hurtle, a bay window, 1972 VW camper van, fully decked-out with kitchen. Author Location: London

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Cook Book. - Alice Hart. 3 Aug 2010
I am a keen collector of cookbooks. My collection runs into the hundreds, and dates back nearly a century. However, I can say with some degree of confidence that I have never read in any of them that the use of a camper van is recommended by way of a cooking utensil. Never.
I used to own a camper van just like Alice, so I am on her wave length (or band width for the younger reader). When she refers to it as "the ultimate in mobile kitchens" she scores a culinary hole in one with me.
As a camper van girl hers is not the kitchen scattered with a dozen dirty bowls, a sink full of washing up and four burners and the oven firing flat out. A camper van kitchen is compact, utilitarian and compels the chef to cook in a minimalist way. If you saw the size of the sink inside them, you would understand - it is barely big enough to set a jelly in.
It stands to reason then that camper tucker is going to have a pretty easy ride to the table. Like picnics and play away barbecues, she prepares things in advance to cut out unnecessary fussing when out and about. Indeed she bravely attempts damper bread cooked on a stick over an open fire, and suggests dry mixing the ingredients into a plastic bag at home. Also cakes to be baked at home to bring along too. All such sensible advice.
Exotica such as grilled corn and sweet potato with lime dressing, rosemary farinata and Saigon salad rolls are effortlessly put together like ham and pickle sandwiches and a flask of tea. No prizes for working out which tastes better.
Alice does operate from inside her house and domestic kitchen too. She extols the delights of a traditional family Sunday lunch, offering pleasant twists on the usual fare and arranges the recipes here as elsewhere into orderly menus to provide a complete and complimentary meal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Beautiful First Cookbook for Alice! 16 July 2010
By K. Gill
Alice's Cook Book is the ideal mix of easy accessible recipes, beautiful photography, non-coated paper. I carried it around in my bag for a few days and read it while commuting to work, and last weekend tried the brownies recipe, which Alice says is the best recipe ever. The person to whom I gave the tray of brownies after eating a few let me know they were the best brownies he's ever eaten, and offered four to his electrician as a bribe to get him to do some extra work in his home. ;-)

I think Quadrille's idea to do a New Voices in Food series is a great way to introduce new-ish talent to the market that isn't your typical TV presenter or superstar chef. I say new-ish because Alice has an established track record-- which is why her recipes are good and her writing style engaging.

Anyway, this is a great book, and I am going to be buying it as a gift for a few friends.
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This book looks like the kind of thing that would normally annoy me.

First it is a cookery book built around the concept that the author scoots round in a campervan. I loathe these approaches - The Hairy Bikers (shudder) and so on. Just tell me how to make good food and keep your gap-year jaunt to yourself thanks!

And Hart is stupidly young to be doling out advice on anything. So an over-privileged metropolitan brat then?

But despite my best efforts to grouch this is a fantastic cook book full of vibrant food.

The recipes are clustered together in menus rather than split into starters, mains, sides etc - another approach of which I usually disapprove.

Winners for me so far are the Boursin Omelette Baguettes (no really!), The Easy Dhal Soup and the genius quick supper recipe for crab cannelloni.

Alice Hart is clearly a food writer to watch. I am also really taken with her Vegetarian book too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars But how is it meant to look?! 15 Nov 2010
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This book is written with a really nice, warm tone and it has a lovely style for the cover, with the sort of country chic, vintage-y look that's in right now.

The recipes are varied and although there's lots I wouldn't make (the array of pickles etc holds little interest to me) there's also some very yummy ones (try the raspberry custard cake!).

However this book is a victim of my pet hate in cookbooks - no photos of what the finished product is supposed to look like! This might not be an issue for others but personally I am put off trying recipes if I don't know what on earth it's going to look like. With photos of each dish this would be a four star book, but as it is, I can only give it three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new voice with a lot to say! 23 Aug 2010
The first thing that struck me about Alice's Cook Book was the gorgeous cover work on the book. This alone was enough to make me want to see what this book had to offer and having read about Alice, it's very representative of her personality and great loves - cooking and camping! The book has images that will make you salivate and rushing to get cooking them up.

I was excited by the culinary adventure this book was offering for a multitude of different reasons. One because I noticed it was part of the 'New Voices In Food' series and to be quite honest, I've been waiting for something a little different. I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE cookery books, but nothing will spark my interest more than new talent and Alice Hart did not disappoint.

The book is set out into sections so that when you're looking for something for breakfast or picnic food ideas, you know exactly where to look. The layout is easy to read, the recipes are easy to understand and the tone of the book is warm and friendly...exactly how I'd expect Alice to be!

I recently attempted the brownie recipe (page 182) and they went down a storm. They can be made in the time people might take to go and choose a Sara Lee out of the freezer in the supermarket and taste one hundred percent more tasty! Alice even suggests the use of other chocolate types if you're not a dark chocolate kind of group which for people who aren't very confident in trying to change an element of a recipe is a godsend. As someone who went through Home Economics in the '90's when restaurant design was deemed more important than survival skills, this book was great and not complicated to use at all. Good honest, easy-to-follow recipes for people like me in their 20's/30's who weren't given the option to learn a life skill at school.
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3.0 out of 5 stars On or two great recipes in here
This book looks very olde worlde from the cover, and you expect that there are lots of rustic favourites lurking inside its covers. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book -don't be put off by the cover!
I have just finished reading this book and had to review it - I cook alot and found much to interest me in here. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Em
3.0 out of 5 stars You can get anything you want...,
This is not, for those of a certain age and folksy-ness, the Alice of Arlo's Alice's Restaurant. This is a chef named Alice who lives in London and yes just happens to have on the... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by wogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Cook Book
A new voice in food worth listening to. I dithered as to whether to buy this book for quite a while, but my cookery book habit got the better of me. I'm so glad it did. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by J. Threadgold
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas
I`m not a cook myself, but my wife, who certainly is, says its a delightful book with many lovely recipes including an outstanding one for chocolate brownies.
Published on 19 Dec 2010 by Ambrose
3.0 out of 5 stars New Discoveries
I have to admit - no idea who Alice Hart was. But reading about her made me want to get the book. I am currently exploring books before Christmas as we are 1) planning big family... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Andreea
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I was initially attracted by the cover of this book, having never heard of Alice Hart before. On receiving it I found it a good book, nice intros to each recipe but quite scarce on... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Book Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars A cook book to get to know
Alice's Cook Book

This is one of the first two in a new series "New Voices in Food" from Quadrille and is written by Alice Hart, who has already run pop-up restaurants... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Sue Vickers-Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a new chef gets a chance to shine
I got Alice's Cookbook from the library and would like to heartily recommend it. I have tried the lamb, courgette and halloumi burgers, the chicken and ginger clay pot and the... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Happy-Hammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented - just a little bare
This book is smaller than I imagined.

It is published on thick luxurious paper and I believe that recipe books are just as much about browsing and enjoying than about... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Dr. D. E. Goldwater
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