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Big Table, Busy Kitchen: 200 Recipes for Life [Kindle Edition]

Allegra McEvedy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Big Table, Busy Kitchen is the ultimate celebration of food, home, love and life by renowned chef and bestselling food writer Allegra McEvedy. Inspired by her mother's handed-down recipe collection, the source of so many happy meals and memories, Allegra lovingly created this extraordinary cookbook not only for her own daughter but for all families to turn to and treasure through a lifetime of cooking and eating.

This is a delicious journey through 200 glorious recipes, from first bakes to first loves, feeding the family to feeding your friends, compulsory veg to nursery puddings and everything in between. With recipes that are as achievable and delicious as they are inventive and engaging, accompanied by stunning photographs, vibrant page design and charming hand-drawn illustrations that will make you smile, this is everything a family cookbook should be.


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From the Back Cover

Big Table, Busy Kitchen is the ultimate celebration of food, home, love and life from renowned chef, bestselling food writer and co-founder of Leon, Allegra McEvedy. Inspired by her mother's handed-down family recipe book which was tragically lost, the source of many happy meals and memories, Allegra created this collection for her own daughter and for all families, to guarantee a lifetime of happy cooking and eating. This is an irresistible journey through 200 glorious recipes from first bakes to first loves, feeding the family to feeding your friends, compulsory veg to nursery puddings and everything in between. With food that is as achievable and yummy as it is vibrant and engaging, this is everything a family cookbook should be.

About the Author

Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years and has worked in some of London's best restaurants, including The River Cafe and The Groucho Club. She is co-founder of healthy fast food chain LEON. Allegra's TV credits include Allegra's Turkish Delights, Economy Gastronomy, BBC Two's Great British Food Revival, and guest-chef appearances on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Three Good Things. Allegra presents frequently on BBC Radio 4 and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and various food magazines. This is her sixth book.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 47041 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EDOBZIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Described by The Independent as "a caterer with a conscience", Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years, working her way through a clutch
of London's best restaurants as well as an eighteen month spell in the States.

She got her first Head Chef position at Tom Conran's The Cow, in Notting Hill, at the age of 24. During a spell in the USA, Allegra ran the kitchen at Robert De Niro's New York restaurant Tribeca Grill, regularly doing 500 covers a night.

In 2003, Allegra co-founded LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group, which opened its first outlet in Carnaby Street in 2004. Allegra gave up her role at LEON in early 2009 to focus on writing and broadcasting, though she remains a keen shareholder in the business.

Allegra was Chef in Residence at The Guardian for 3 years until 2009, as well as hosting a quarterly "cookalong", the internet's first live, interactive and illustrated cooking class.

Over the summer of 2009, Allegra co-presented Economy Gastronomy, a six-part BBC prime-time series about planning ahead, shopping well, spending less and using ingredients wisely.

In 2008, Allegra was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, with the citation of promoting healthier eating and ethical sourcing in the UK.

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
By Chris M HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If looking for a brief summary review of Allegra's new book; in a nutshell I would highly recommend it based on its wonderfully straight forward and tasty recipes. The book contains 200 recipes from Allegra's life; they are the type of recipes you want to keep within the family and pass on for generations to come. It is visually very pleasing to cook from being rich in colour images and text.

If you're a fan of LEON / Allegra's other books then chances are you will also like this book. I have posted a couple of images on this product page and a full recipe list at the end of this review.

Now for those of you wanting a more in depth opinion of the book, here goes...

This book has been eagerly anticipated in our household - especially by my wife who is big fan of Allegra's big and bold wholesome style of cooking. Having done some of the trial recipes and being a big fan of Allegra's my wife could barely contain herself when the book arrived - and it certainly does not disappoint.

First of all if you're a fan of the images and style of any of the LEON books or Allegra's "Bought, Borrowed & Stolen", as we are, then you will love the layout and style of this book, richly illustrated with beautiful images and descriptions (I have uploaded a couple of images to try and give you an idea of the general style / tone of the book).

The introduction explains the premise of the book; inspired by her mum's recipe book (a "tatty orange photo album which contained all her favourite recipes") which was sadly lost, Allegra sets out to create a legacy recipe book for her own daughter. By publishing her recipe book it will not have a chance of getting lost (sound logic and a legacy we are very happy to be able to purchase).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin (cover) 22 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Heard the author on Radio 4 and thought her story was lovely about the cookery book from her mum and then passing the recipes on to her daughter. Thought this would be a great cookery book with recipes that really work and taste great too.
I wasn't disappointed. I've cooked a few recipes from the book for my teenage sons and they've loved everyone.
Really glad I bought the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes for Life - Allegra McEvedy 18 Nov. 2013
Format:Hardcover
A luscious, energetic and comprehensive guide to cooking for every event and situation in life, from being broke and bored in the student years, eating during pregnancy, entertaining many or a significant one through to all-inclusive Sunday lunches, the need for the Best Chocolate Cake in the World and a full-on Christmas feast. Allegra McEvedy's BIG TABLE BUSY KITCHEN is a veritable feast in itself, full of personal story and anecdote alongside innovative, scrumptious dishes like 'Spatchcock Poussins with Sweet Chilli & Yoghurt Marinade' and new twists on the tried, tested and traditional such as 'Toad-in-the-hole with Cidery Onions' Open this book and it's hard not to salivate before you've even reached for the chopping board. Wonderful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile and fun 30 Dec. 2013
By SR
Format:Hardcover
Joyful recipe book - full of love for food and cooking. I'm not an adventurous cook at all but find Allegra McEvedy's style gets me excited about cooking - I've already cooked five recipes from this and have ear-marked several more. Good every day stuff for myself and my kids and also dinners to share and classics to master. Would make a great gift book as well as a staple book to keep going back to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy 14 Nov. 2013
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for a great cookbook with recipes for any occasion, this is it. It is also reassuring to know that the recipes are easy to follow and the dishes come out right every time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true family cookbook to treasure 19 Nov. 2013
By T
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of those rare wonderful cook books that are as pleasurable to just sit and read as they are to cook from. A fabulous broad range of recipes and I'm sure it won't take long for there to be notes on every page (as Allegra encourages). A book I hope to keep and pass onto my children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about love 15 Nov. 2013
By Annie
Format:Hardcover
I've come to rely on Allegra's cookbooks, not just for the amazing recipes, but for the totally amazing chat that goes with them - context, history and information all at once. This one is special,for the love of family and food that simply oozes out of every calorie and every memory. In a league of its own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, versatile cookbook and heartfelt read 19 Nov. 2013
By Swalks
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Written in Allegra's trademark conversational, honest and irreverent tone, this cook book is a heartfelt, cheering read aswell as extremely versatile and practical cooking guide to accompany work, love and life! Would make an excellent Christmas present for any parent having a go at doing it all
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with purchase. As described. Many thanks
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a recipe book
I really enjoyed reading this book, I liked the way the history around the recipes was told with humour, it was as if I was sitting at the kitchen table with Allegra. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. A. Newbery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cook book, tried loads of the recipies and had no fails as yet.
Published 3 months ago by PRM Crawt
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy. I shall be using this time and time again
Excellent cook book and an entertaining read
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Penelope Chennell
5.0 out of 5 stars This has been my daughter's favourite book since I gave it to her last...
This has been my daughter's favourite book since I gave it to her last Christmas. It has transformed her cooking. Bring on the next one
Published 6 months ago by Susan E Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it! Good wholesome recipes. Fast delivery and book was in excellent condition.
Published 6 months ago by Emma Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book
I LOVE this book. I really, really do. Thank you Allegra for wonderful, never fail, tasty recipes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kathryn yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious foolproof recipes
Easy to follow recipes and my results have been delicious. I would recommend this to a beginner and someone with good cooking skills.
Published 7 months ago by heathworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service. Present for daughter moving to her first flat.
Published 8 months ago by Anwen Grogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love allegra love food
Published 10 months ago by Alan Woods
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