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Cooking for Real Life: More Than 180 Recipes for Whatever Life Throws at You [Hardcover]

Joanna Weinberg
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10 May 2012

Cooking for real life is not about fiddly menus and impossible-to-find ingredients. It is about getting something delicious on the table, having fun and feeding the people you love. It is also about recognising that different situations in life call for different kinds of cooking. Although sometimes you may have hours to while away by a steaming pot, sometimes you really need a fast turnaround.

Joanna Weinberg has an inventive, generous approach to cooking that is realistic as well as delicious. She shows how a well-stocked cupboard, freezer and fridge can make all the difference, transforming a quick family meal into an impromptu gathering without either stress or the need to rush out to the shops. Her recipes offer new flavour combinations using familiar ingredients and they include dishes like smoky butternut soup; pasta with ricotta, aubergine and pine nuts; twice-baked cottage pie; slow-roast shoulder of lamb; and molten chocolate puds. There are suggestions for when you are in a hurry, for when you feel like making an impression and for those times when you are tired out and just want to curl up with something comforting.

This kind of cooking is adaptable and personal, it shows that with a pinch of this and a dash of that, we can all eat well all of the time - regardless of what life throws at us.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801802
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 19 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good food for busy lives 30 Dec 2013
By Mim
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Annie the Nanny 2 Dec 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life recipes 25 May 2012
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for real life cookery book 4 Feb 2014
By Trug
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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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