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Cooking for Real Life: More Than 180 Recipes for Whatever Life Throws at You Hardcover – 10 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801802
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inventive, generous approach to cooking that is realistic, as well as delicious (Great British Food Magazine)

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More than 180 recipes for whatever life throws at you

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FussFreeFlavours on 9 Jun 2012
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Cooking for Real Life is Joanna Weinberg's second cookery book. Its 182 recipes cover The Daily Grind, Good for Kids, Treats for Two, Comfort Cooking, Weekend Food, Summer-ish Food, Pudding!, Everyday baking and Sides and Sauces. The book includes sensible advice on sourcing and storing core ingredients and the nine sections start with snippet-sized recipes for meals in a rush. The largest, The Daily Grind, covers staples such as chicken pieces, chops, `things on toast' and fish, often in groups of three. Its `3 store-cupboard pastas' for example, includes spaghetti pomodoro cribbed, with typical panache, from the final scene in Goodfellas. My favourite so far, sausage with chilli and purple-sprouting broccoli, punched seriously above its weight with the meat crumbled and caramelised in spices and served with yoghurt. It was great find the summer section when the weather perked up and I enjoyed its twist on roast root vegetable salad and the fennel-stuffed bream on new potatoes. `Good for Kids' can cope with the very young - mine loved tomato risotto and oven-baked arancini made with its left-overs - and older children are well catered for with more pronounced flavours such as chicken and broccoli teriyaki and not-too-chilli con carne. I must admit I'm recategorising the beautiful beetroot houmous as `adults-only', unless I can convince Harvey Keitel to stop by to oversee the clean-up.

Cooking for Real Life's unique selling point is that it can conjure up a menu for whatever life throws at you and there is a great 3-page section at the back which does just that: Multi-generational gathering? Relaxed dinner party? Gluten and dairy-free dinner? No problem, my friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mim on 30 Dec 2013
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At last a food writer who actually understands the demands of modern life but who doesn't want to compromise on deliciousness and integrity. I love this book and am using it more and more which, given that I am an open the fridge and throw something together type, is a blessing for me and, more importantly, my family.

We particularly love the beetroot hummus and the teryaki chicken.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Tosi on 25 May 2012
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I found this book very useful as a fairly novice cook - good as a one-stop guide to rustling up easy dinners and classic baking, with basic recipes for tomato sauce, chocolate cake, a roast chicken, etc, and both of the recipes I have tried so far have been well received. Depending on your cooking experience and family situation you might find different chapters more or less useful - there is a fairly large emphasis on cooking for children, for example, but the recipes are arranged into possible menus at the back of the book, a feature I really liked and which shows how the recipes could fit in to anyone's life. Overall, I would say that the book has something to offer for everyone and if you want guidance on making simple meals to cater for different aspects of everyday life - weekday dinners, a brunch, a meal for two - this book will be an excellent guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. E. Carveles on 2 Dec 2012
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Finally....a sensible recipe book that includes an array of delicious meals that are easily attainable if you follow Jo's straight forward instructions and fabulous tips! Yet another scrumptious book from Miss Weinberg! Highly recommended!
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Useful cookery book addition, but personally not a lot of recipes I would use. Met the author at a WI day and she was so enthusiastic.
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