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Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915778
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The book is a joy to devour, literally and visually. --Diva, November, 2011

It's both a collection of delicious memories and a dedication to a life-long love of food, interwoven with a passion for collecting knives. --BBC Olive, October, 2011

The new book from Allegra McEvedy is a delectable delight.
--Tom Parker Bowles The Mail on Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Allegra McEvedy is a magpie in human form." --The Independent, November 25, 2011

"It's both a collection of delicious recipes and a dedication to a life-long love of food." --Olive Magazine, October, 2011

"Her animated writing will put a spring in the step of any foodie tired of same old, same old" --Lancashire Evening Post, November 26, 2011

"a delectable delight." --Live - Night & Day(Supp. to the mail on Sunday), November 2011

"Allegra McEvedy's fifth cookery book is a joyful gastronomic tour"
--Tablet Magazine

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Each country features a specialist kitchen knife and the story behind it, collected from over 20 years of travelling, tasting and scribbling. This culinary trip around the world includes 100 recipes inspired from 18 countries. Celebrated cook Allegra McEvedy's writing is warm, witty, charming and full of anecdotes. Every recipe has been specially photographed by award-winning photographer Andrew Montgomery. Allegra's first book with Conran Octopus, LEON: Ingredients & Recipes, has sold more than 50,000 copies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2011
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Bought, Borrowed & Stolen is definitely an enthusiasts book. It's an unusual set of recipes, connected by a collection of knives and places where those knives where from. Part cookery book, part travelogue and part food appreciation guide. It's not one that you would use to plan your everyday cooking but it's one for inspiring and trying new things. I've only tried one recipe (cheese puffs, delicious) so far but have enjoyed just flicking through and stopping to read when something catches the eye. The visual and photography aspects are interesting and make for a beautifully put together book.

Recommended for the cook who is just as happy just reading cookery books as cooking from them, but it is more of a coffee table book than a working recipe book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2011
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This is certainly a very handsome book - a vibrant blue cloth binding which is a bit of a rarity these days. I also like the Leon cook books so I was hoping for great things. But, of course, you don't buy a cookery book for its cover. I liked the concept of a travel memoir with recipes, combining my two favourite pastimes. For me, though, the cover was the best bit of the book.

Each chapter covers a different place or country that Allegra has visited. Whilst the little stories about her trips were quite interesting, I found the recipes uninspiring. The photography is awful. I don't think photos are essential for a cookbook (Elizabeth David can conjure up an image with just a few words), but if you are going to have them then I think they should make you want to cook - and here that isn't the case. The pictures of some of the dishes put me off completely - egg & artichoke salad, asparagus & morels on toast, avocado & palm heart salad, and, probably worst of all, cauliflower & eggs. In some ways the photography reminded me of some old vegetarian cookbooks from the 1970s (when vegetarianism was regarded as somewhat exotic) - dull & uninspiring. Where I did see something that appealed, invariably I already had one or more recipes for it and there wasn't anything original about the recipe offered here.

The book certainly covers the globe: Asia is represented by Burma, Japan, China & the Philippines; the Americas by the USA, Cuba & the Caribbean islands, Brazil & Mexico; Africa by Morocco, South Africa (which includes Allegra's own favourite recipe in the book Snail & Spinach Quiche) & Malawi; the Middle East by Turkey & the Lebanon; Europe by Spain, Portugal, France, Italy & Norway.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2011
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If you think of this book as part travel-journal, part memoir, then you're probably closer to the core of it than regarding it as a cook book. In it, Allegra McEvedy shares her travelling tales and the recipes she has picked up on her various trips and jobs all over the world. And very entertaining those bits are, too. She has the nice idea of buying a knife everywhere she goes, and she uses these objects to prompt each chapter.

As with the Leon books, the whole thing looks fabulous. It's beautifully and inventively laid out. And unlike some other reviewers, I really liked the photos.

However, the big but is the food itself. I have the original Leon: Ingredients and Recipes cookbook and there are 15-20 recipes in there that we do regularly (it's one of our most popular books). But this one is, I'm sorry to say, a struggle to find anything that I actually want to cook. Leon has always been up there for the slow food, but there's a difference between investing the time in the meatballs or the long ingredient list tuk tuk salad, and actually wanting to eat cauliflower eggs or brown shrimp coddle.

I love McEvedy's food (Leon is one of my favourite places to eat; every single thing on the menu is delicious) but this book just isn't for me, I'm afraid. It's seems to be more for the coffee table than the kitchen table
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This is a completely delightful, quirky cookbook - and now Allegra McEvedy is my current cookbook crush. What a fun book. I like how the book combines a selection of recipes with photos and stories behind the author's collection of knives. The knives are beautiful, unique - and most importantly, practical. The fabric cover is gorgeous and the book is beautifully produced with thick matte paper and gorgeous colour photos of food and knives, recipes interspersed with stories.

The 'travelogue' part of the cookbook means that the recipes take in a glorious varied array of cultural influences, from Turkey, the States, Burma, Brazil, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Cuba, Malawi, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Lebanon, China, France and Spain. Brilliant combination. Not everything appeals but it's a wonderfully readable and engaging treasure trove of inspiration.

I really don't agree with the reviewer below who thinks this is an enthusiast's book. I am a complete amateur and I loved this book and find it really easy to pick out every day recipes to make. In some ways it is a combination of cookbook and travelogue/autobiography. But that's one of the things I like about it most. I mean, do you really remember the food you eat completely out of context? Ok, maybe you do, but I don't. I remember eating things in context - who I was with, how it felt, what it looked like, the smell and taste and noise all combining into one heady memory. And I love this cookbook for sharing the author's memories with me - I can use them as inspiration for making my own new dishes and memories.

Like Leon (the restaurant chain that the author started) the flavours are big and punchy and the emphasis is on taste rather than looks.
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