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Cupboard Love: How to Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen [Hardcover]

Tom Norrington-Davies
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23 May 2005
‘How would your kitchen feel if it were the person you lived with? When did you last make time for each other? Let's face it. Your relationship has got to the point where you only really make an effort when there are others around. And do you remember the last time the two of you had people over? It was supposed to be a fun night but it got a bit stressful ... ’

This is a guide to a better day to day relationship with your kitchen. The standards of celebrity chefs can seem unrealistic, but for those who don't want to live off ready meals either, Tom Norrington-Davies has the solution. By rediscovering what's already in your cupboard and with just a little preparation and imagination, he shows how you can create your own convenience food at home – whether it's a meltingly easy lemon risotto, a good grill with a simple salsa verde sauce, or Tom’s veggie BLT: haloumi, rocket and tomato (just don’t call it an HRT).

In his readable, witty style, Tom shows how to rustle up good food with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment, from a Mediterranean larder salad or a quick ‘no chopping’ stir-fry to roast garlic chicken or beef and Guinness stew. This is a lavishly illustrated, accessible book that will rekindle your passion for cooking.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Edition edition (23 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340835265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340835265
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After reading Tom Norrington-Davies's Just Like Mother Used to Make, I felt compelled to try this [Bakewell Slice] with plum jam. Now I keep jars of plum jam, just in case the urge comes upon me (Nigella Lawson, Feast)

Tom Norrington-Davies writes about food you actually want to eat - and cook. Nothing is prinked or preened: his is a friendly, cosy presence in the kitchen. (Nigella Lawson)

A lifestyle guide: up to the minute, realistic, young at heart and a brilliant introduction to home cooking. (Guardian)

Highly readable and cookable from. He has a winningly light touch and cleverly fresh ways that make readers really want to cook (Rosie Kindersley, The Bookseller)

Perfect for anyone who doesn't like ready meals, but lacks the time and energy to cook like Jamie Oliver ... The recipes themselves are simple and quick but, most importantly, they're appealing, meaning that cooking is a pleasure, not a chore (Heat (**** review))

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Great recipes and easy home cooking, from a fresh and funny young author who is now the Daily Telegraph food writer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover your cupboard! 9 July 2005
By A Customer
Cupboard love is a different kind of cook book. It is not just recipes (although there are plenty of those); it also provides a very practical blueprint for an entirely new way of shopping, cooking, eating and entertaining. Specifically, using a range of good quality larder staples as the starting point for fantastic food.
The book is split into sections such as Pasta, Risotto, Stir fries and Curries. It shows you how a basic core of ingredients can be embelished to give a wide range of different end results. The two things which impressed me most about this book were the simplicity of the recipes (no more going out to buy half the stock of the local deli for a single recipe, never to be used again); and the fact that the end results really do taste delicious (the summer pudding is a particular high point!).
I am a reformed shopper and eater, and I can highly recommend a bit of cupboard love for anyone getting bored of eating the same old bland and boring meals.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stuff 21 Sep 2006
I feel I've got a duty to give this author a pat on the back for this book. It's well worth the money, very user friendly and every recipe I've tried has been very tasty. Once you've got the basic "Kit" together (eg Indian)you then have a ready store for cooking and only have to buy the fresh produce needed for the particular meal, which may only be as little as one or two items. I often get home and now have the option of cooking four or five totally different meals because I've built up my store cupboard in the way the author suggests. This would be my 'dessert' island cookery book and it's the one I use most nowadays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Your Cupboard! 7 Feb 2009
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I'd been interested in the book when I first saw it in the bookshops, and took me a while to actually buy it, but once i did it, hardly a week passed by without me opening it for recipes and ideas.
The basic idea is: have a cupboard that will contain the basic elements of your meals, most of these are staple ingredients which are easy to buy and you then get just what you need in terms of fresh ingredients to complement the dishes beautifully. It makes sense not just economically but also in terms of flavour and enjoyment.
Tom uses a very practical approach, simple without laziness, that will get you cooking and loving it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 12 Feb 2006
If you, like me, tend to fill your cupboards will all sorts of food-stuff, but still have the odd day when you don't know what to cook, this is the book for you!
A very useful book - the author really proves that you can make a great meal out of "nothing".
He gives advice on what items you must have in your cupboard, and though he is fairly true to the original recipes, he dare say "if you don't like anchovies, leave them out!"
The chapters includes pasta, rice, salads, stir-fries, eggs & toast and more, not necessarily fast food, but all recipes seem non-complicated.

Nigella Lawson has said: "Tom N-D writes about food you actually want to eat - and cook. Nothing is prinked or preened: he is a friendly, cosy presence in the kitchen."
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
From the back cover:-
'How would your kitchen feel if it were a person you lived with? When did you last make time for each other?
I mean real, quality time.
Let's face it - you only really make an effort when there are other people around. It's not as though you haven't tried to spice things up a bit. You've bought all the right books and (admit it) a fair few gadgets. You even gave it a fantastic makeover a couple of years back... but the sad truth is that your relationship has gone off the boil.......
If this sounds familiar, you need Cupboard Love: How to Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen.'

'This witty and accessible book is guaranteed to rekindle your love affair with your kitchen and make you want to cook there every day:-

'The No-Knife Stir Fry':-
'If you are the kind of person who has never been put off cooking for yourself by the thought of having to chop an onion, or anything else for that matter, after a long, bad day, then I applaud you. The 'No-Knife Stir Fry' is for the rest of us.'

256 high quality, shiny pages, split over 11 main chapters, sandwiched between with a 7-page intro on 'how to get the most out of your kitchen' and an index. Interspersed with colour photography from the highly talented, Jason Lowe.
Colour plates open each main chapter, followed by information and 'The Kit' you need, then relevant recipes with useful variations on themes along with some useful 'stock' recipes and relevant DIY sections, e.g.:-

Make Your Own..... Curry Paste, or Coconut Milk, or Sweetcorn Relish or Mayonnaise.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy 28 Jan 2006
By Daft Fi
What a wonderful book. Tom Norrington-Davies shows us that home cooking should be, and can be, easy and accessible, with delicious results. No fancy ingredients or expensive stocking-up necessary - with a few basic items, you can really create food to be proud of. This is what cookery books should be like.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for the 'won't-cook' 27 May 2006
On visiting a friend and sitting on her sofa for an hour reading her newly unwrapped copy of this book, I decided that something that could keep my attention on food for so long must be worth a stab. So I bought my own copy, and it has inspired me to start cooking.

My previous existence has been on frozen pizza and cereal, so the fact that this book has me cooking even an omelette has amazed my friends. Norrington-Davies' colloquial style inspires confidence to tackle a wide range of meals, ensuring you have fun making the recommended, good ingredients into very tasty dishes.

If you buy this book, the effect on your life will last much longer than the cover price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent real-world cookbook!
I came across this book at the library and was so impressed I bought my own copy - and that is saying something when cookbooks are generally just clutter. Read more
Published 19 months ago by HG45
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation
The book, which I was lucky enough to find in one of those cut price bookshops for a silly amount of money is perhaps my most used cook book after 'Gordon Ramsey' India Adventure'... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by m-o-s-e
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, helpful, and an indespensable aid
Exceedingly useful. Rather than bark out a huge number of arbitrary instructions, Norrington-Davies offers explanations for the techniques he uses, information that will inform the... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by J. Breck-mckye
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite ccok book
I was given this book as a gift, and it is now my favourite cook book. As others have said, it is witty, informative and has genuinely workable recipes that are neither fussy or... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2008 by Fluffy
5.0 out of 5 stars get the most of out your kitchen ? I know I did!
I can only speak from my experience but the other reviews seem to echo mine.

This is a really accessible cookbook, and sometimes even jokes about shortcuts that other... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2007 by Mr. Christopher C. A. Bryden
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one recipe failed
This is an amazing book, I have now tried about 9 recipes and loved them all! They're easy, and there's no need for a massive shop. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2005
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