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Cranks Fast Food: For Vitality And Health Paperback – 11 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (11 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841881589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841881584
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nadine Abensur was born in Morocco to French-Jewish parents. She draws on a rich culinary heritage to create delicious recipes with flavours broadly influenced by the Middle East and Mediterranean. She worked in restaurants around the world before setting up her own vegetarian catering company, Culinary Arts. For five years, she was the Food Director of the UK vegetarian restaurant group, Cranks. Nadine now divides her time between London and Australia, where she runs cookery courses and and a small catering business. She also owns art piece gallery near Byron Bay, another string to her creative bow.


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When people talk about 'fast food' and 'easy vegetarian recipes', my heart sinks. So often this means bland and joyless food. Not so with Nadine Abensur! This book is definitely easy, yet never bland, and often exotic.
I was given this book for Christmas, and am really enjoying it. I already have the Cranks Bible, and was relieved to find that none of the recipes are duplicated here.
The recipes really are very quick and easy to make. Many of them use things that you would already have in your kitchen - for example there is a surprisingly tasty soup made from frozen peas, a very easy recipe for spanakopita, etc. For a novice cook (like me!) it is very encouraging to have such delicious results from so little effort. The recipes are much more simple than those in the Cranks Bible, and Abensur doesn't expect me to make pastry from scratch - the book is very accepting of the fact that ready-made pastry or pasta is the more realistic option.
My only complaint would be that although the recipes are quick to make, some of them call for a range of ingredients that would take hours to shop for. Unless you live in a big metropolitan city like London, this really slows things down. That said, this is only the case with a few of the recipes in the book, and they do look awfully good and are probably worth it.
Abensur's style is very readable - often she give hints in the recipe which would give you ideas for adapting it in new ways. This is really a cook's book - but for people who are just starting. I love it.
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By A Customer on 28 May 2002
I really liked this book. It uses a good variety of foods, especially pulses. It does use a few key ingredients fairly regularly but I found this a good thing, since you can make sure you have them in the house and then you can cook a lot of different things in the book. The recipes are simple and easy to follow and are do-able in the 15-20 mins the author allows. Good pictures too. And you can adapt them pretty easily if you are trying to follow a lower fat diet. The chickpea and halloumi salad, by the way, is the best!
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I can't say enough good things about this book. I was surprised by the comment about pasta dishes as only 1 out of the 10 chapters in this relates to pasta. For the tofu fans I would highly recommend the mushroom and tofu stroganoff which has a lovely strong rich flavor. There is a great variety in this book and I have yet to become bored of it, in fact when I recently moved house I was in a blind panic when I thought I'd lost it! There are a couple of recipes that will take you longer when you make them this first couple of times, but in general they live up to the promise of being easy to throw together in 30 mins. I often delve into this during the week after being at work all day and this is the only one of my recipe books I would dare to do this with.

If you are looking at his book as a Christmas present then that gives just enough time to try the wonderful seasonal delight of Jerusalem artichokes with red wine and Gruyere. The best place to find these is always small fruit and veg shops as you don't really see them in the supermarket other than Sainsbury's.

Enjoy!
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Easy to use recipes and great if you like spicier, middle eastern flavours and colourful food (not bland, mushy stuff!). I don't find the ingredients unusual or hard to source, unlike other reviewers, but then I do live in London! One of the few recipe books where I've made more than 2 or 3 recipes.
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Quite simply, I live out of this book. I must cook something from it 3-4 times a week. It is wonderful. I would be lost without it. I have owned it for three or four years now and it has brought my level of cooking and knowledge of ingredients to another level. My husband loves the dishes from it too. I am always confident I can impress with a dish from 'Cranks Fast Food' even within my busy time-strapped lifestyle. I thoroughly recommend this to anybody who wants to eat well and still keep regular hours of work! It's relaxing to cook from and the dishes re-awaken the sensuality of food and the healing properties of a really good dinner! Thanks Nadine!
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