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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000730904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007309047
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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‘Fancy a casual supper with your family or a big feast to mark a special occasion? TV cook Rachel Allen has a recipe to suit. She takes you from preparation to table with minimum fuss, plenty of tips and menu ideas for dinners, brunches and lunches, cocktails and desserts.’ – Waitrose Kitchen

‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’ – Sunday Times

‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post

‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious.’ – Delicious Magazine

‘Food for real people’ – Irish Examiner

‘The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella (except prettier, blonde and a better cook), Rachel Allen. Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another’ – Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

‘As wholesome and attractive as its charming author, (…) it is well thought out and accessibly written, with the emphasis on relaxed family meals. (…) Ideal for anyone who needs to cook on a regular basis but hasn’t much experience.’ – Sunday Telegraph on Homecooking

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“The verdict: You can always trust Rachel Allen to deliver recipes that taste as good as they look, and her latest book is no exception. This book tackles quick and easy family cooking with realism, inspiration and style.” Good Housekeeping

“These fast and fuss-free recipes by Rachel Allen are all you need this winter.” Zest Magazine

“There are 180 simple, tempting recipes in this everyday supper bible. We have a soft spot for the Chocolate, toffee and peanut squares.” Sainsbury’s Magazine

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Winner of the Irish Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2011

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Lady on 9 Sept. 2011
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I am a very big fan of Rachel's and own nearly all of her books, each of which get used on a very regular basis (Rachel's chicken pie is a firm family favourite).

When I saw that Rachel was bringing an "Easy Meals" book out - I had to one of the first in line to receive it as I am often stuck for quick mid-week ideas.

As with Rachel's other books this one is a joy to read, well written and lots of beautiful pictures. There are lots of great ideas for quick and easy meals most of them have a guide of 10 mins prep and 10-20 mins cooking time, along with a handful of roasts and casseroles which can take a couple of hours.

There are also different sections like - one pots, no cook, 5 ingredients, store cupboard and a couple of others. The variety in the recipes is also great and I am sure they will keep us going for a while.

So thank you Rachel, I have already planned what is for dinner tonight - and I look forward to dining with you every night!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lilysmum VINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2011
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I like Rachel Allen's recipes. They are simple, no fuss, no nonsense, you can cook them easily and they are just simple good family meals that the family like. In here there are some good recipes that I can see becoming family favourites. My personal favourite is the raspberry coconut pudding, it's a coconut sponge sitting on a later of sweet raspberry jam. Delicious with custard, it reminds me of school dinner type comforting puddings. Sesame crusted chicken is good (I love sesame seeds) and there are some good one pot chicken dishes and the chicken biryani is lovely. The chicken and chorizo with rice is similar to a Nigella recipe with new potatoes that I like but this one adds rice and stock and you cook it in a large saute pan on the hob instead of in the oven. I'm going to try Rachel's twist on chocolate marshmallow biscuit cake (with ginger nuts). The book is in 6 sections: store cupboard, fast and fab, 5 ingredients, one pot meals, no cook meals and extras and sides. I picked up some new ideas instead of just doing potatoes and rice all the time, like roasted sweet potatoes with honey and lemon and balck pepper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2012
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This cookbook is colourful, packed full of quick and easy recipes with clear instructions in Allen's typical friendly style. I've made a few things out of it and they've all been stress free dishes for a cook who's just one step above beginners. The dishes could impress guests and the store cupboard section is particularly useful. Hearty fare like stews and chilli are where she comes into her own.

If you find Jamie's blokey charm on 30 minute meals a bit much, this is the book for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Basement Cat VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2011
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I absolutely love this cookery book. Reading through it on the day it arrived, I found something wonderful on almost every page. There is just so much in here that I want to cook,, and it is all relatively easy, just as it says on the cover. All of the ingredients look easy to find, and a lot of the recipes use the sort of stuff that you mainly have in your cupboard anyway, which is an added bonus as well, especially helpful with finances. I was particularly looking for a soup recipe to take to work for lunch, so made the carrot, ginger and coconut soup which was lovely, and gives me confidence to try the other recipes. There are lots of pictures of the food in this book, and maybe just a few too many of Rachel. The cover also quite similar to one of her previous books, Home Cooking, so much so that I thought I already had this one when I first saw it. Apart from these minor things though, it is a fantastic book, and one that I shall be using a lot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By leftfooter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2011
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I guess the title "Easy Meals" gives a pretty strong clue as to what you get in this book. The focus is on food with few ingredients and no difficult techniques.

As a result, you will not find anything that would star in an episode of Masterchef. But you will find a range of quick and easy dishes. There is less focus on main courses than in many cook-books, presumably because many of these are longer and more complex to produce and hence fail the "Easy Meal" test. The main course recipes in the book are largely staples such as simple roast meats, fish stews and easy one-pot curries.

There are a lot of recipes for accompaniments of various kinds - vegetables, side dishes, etc.
There are also LOADS of sweet recipes - puddings, cakes, biscuits, etc. Many cook-books throw in half a dozen desserts at the end, as an afterthought, but this book has them in just about every chapter.

This is clearly a book written for the beginner, and that is no bad thing. One section is "No cook" (i.e., mixing things together and arranging on a plate). There is even a whole page dedicated to how to cook plain, boiled rice. It would be easy for an expert cook to sneer at this, but the fact that supermarkets sell ready-mixed salad and pre-cooked rice attests to the fact that some people are put off at the prospect of cooking ANYTHING from scratch.

For me, as a more experienced cook, there was no enough inspiration, and many of the recipes were so simple that I would just put them together myself, not bother looking up a recipe in a book. There were also 'repeats' from other Rachel books (but nowhere near as many as in a Delia book!).
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