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Easy Meals [Hardcover]

Rachel Allen
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Book Description

8 Sep 2011

In her new book, bestselling TV cook, Rachel Allen shares her ultimate fast and easy family recipes.

You can always trust Rachel to help you get a delicious and doable dinner on the table. Whether the cupboards are bare or you just want a fabulous meal without the fuss (or the washing up) you’ll find the answers here. Any situation, any problem, these are recipes you can come back to time and time again for delicious dinner solutions. After all, making home cooking both simple and enjoyable is what Rachel does best.

Easy Meals contains 180 family friendly recipes for any night of the week. And even better, as well as being mouth-wateringly delicious they are simple enough for even the most novice of cooks.

This book is full of ideas and recipes that you can rely on to help you tackle the most common meal-time problems; when your fridge is empty, when you’re short on time, that use 5 ingredients or less or can be cooked in one pot, even delicious dinners you can serve up without so much as turning on the oven. Finally! A cookbook that truly understands the way your life works. Easy Meals is an essential kitchen companion.

Chapter breakdown;
Store Cupboard Cooking
All in One Pot
Fast and Fabulous
Take 5 ingredients or less
No Cook Cooking
Quick Extras and Sides

Recipes include;
One-pot lamb biryani
Turkey breast with honey, thyme and cream
Spiced Pilau rice with chicken
Pork, chorizo, haricot beans and red wine
Thai Mussels
Chunky chowder with potatoes and bacon
Taragon chicken and lemon pasta with crème fraiche
Chickpea and aubergine salad
Chinese braised beef with pak choy
Chicken with yoghurt and a carrot and apple salad
Lentil and sausages
Cardamom and orange Semifreddo
Chocolate Bread and butter pudding
Quick fruit brulee
Lemon posset

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (8 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000730904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007309047
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

Reviews for ‘Easy Meals’

“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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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book - Rachel is the BEST 9 Sep 2011
By Lady
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great everyday family cook book 25 Nov 2011
By lilysmum VINE VOICE
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, colourful, easy to use 1 Jan 2012
By Caroline VINE VOICE
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect! 17 Nov 2011
By Basement Cat VINE VOICE
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I bought this for one recipe assuming there would be others I was interested in...probably shouldn't have bothered.
Published 1 month ago by Mj Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars cookery book
Rachel Allen's cookery books are just great. I can highly recommend them for the beginner upwards.
Published 2 months ago by Franky
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks brand new
Please refer to my review on Rachel Allen's Everyday Kitchen. I was not disappointed with this retailer and would use again.
Published 3 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a winner
My daughter enjoys Rachel Allen recipes and this was a welcome addition to her kitchen library of cookery books. It has been used too!
Published 3 months ago by anon 337
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy meals review
Fantastic book everything I have made from this book has tasted amazing. I do have a number of Rachel Allen books and I have to say she is the Delia of Ireland. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gemma holden
5.0 out of 5 stars All round easy.
Love Rachel Allen's cooking at any time as all her recipes do not break the bank and are outrageously delicious. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book
Well laid out and a great variety of recipes. Can't wait to try them. There is a downside a heavy volume!
Published 8 months ago by Clare Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready Meals
I have already made a list of the dishes I want to make. They don't seem to take very long which I do like.
Published 10 months ago by JOSEPH H LOMAX
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of ideas
This is an excellent book and has lots of fast recipes without too many complicated and expensive ingredients. Grear Price
Published 10 months ago by Jes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has excellent recepies for when you are in a hurry .i tried some of her recepies including pasta dishes.these were hit in our family. Read more
Published 13 months ago by fifa
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