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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140881093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408810934
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.9 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I wish I had owned this book years ago. What he teaches through his book is to know a few basic recipes inside-out and to reinvent them so that they never grow tired. This book is a winner." - winefoodhotel.com

"We really like this book, it’s very practical and down to earth, and as the title suggests is full of ideas that anyone can master. Taking basic ingredients that are available to everyone he creates delicious and wholesome recipes, perfect for your main meal of the day. Highly Recommended!" -hotbrandscoolplaces.co.uk

"One of those rare cookbooks, one that doesn’t stint on mouthwatering photography but which doesn’t let you down with poorly explained, badly edited copy either. Nor does Alex waste our time with whimsical guff about food discoveries and food stories. He has a job to do and he gets on with it very well. The clever bit, is the family-friendly angle." - 
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"A superb new cookery book that ticks all the boxes, written to inspire us all, even knowledgeable cooks who are open to new ideas." - Helen Peacocke, The Oxford Times

"Having been a cookery teacher for years Alex knows how to get his message across. He’s a brilliant chef, but he makes his recipes appear effortless. This is a book that knows what it’s doing and knows who it’s aimed at. It’s informative without being patronising and it’s imaginative without being intimidating." - eggsontheroof.com

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I am so glad I bought this book, and I use it often. The recipes are relatively easy and fun - and the very best thing of all is that my husband - a reluctant cook - is inspired to try some of the recipes. The layout and instructions give him confidence to try new things and use different ingredients. We both eat a lot of fish and I particularly like the ideas for cooking salmon. The photography is beautiful and it makes my mouth water everytime I look through the book. Many of the recipes are not too difficult, but there are also more challenging dishes, like the salute to tartiflette. I will try this one day - on a special occasion when dishes have no calories! Lynn Preston.
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I don't collect every cookery book out there, especially not just because of the name on the cover - but this is one of the few books that's actually caught my interest enough to try some foods I've never cooked with before.

Alex is a very practical chef and doesn't expect the average home cook to have hours and hours to spend fiddling with endless detailed processes just for one dinner.

The book is divided into logical and interesting sections of ingredient-specific recipes but there's also so much more.

* Sensible suggestions about how to make your own kitchen a more practical and enjoyable environment

* Clarification of common cooking terms

* Excellent photos of each recipe

* Practical explanations regarding cooking equipment types and reasons for making a good choice

* Excellent photo sequences showing how to carve a chicken etc

* Informative ABC of Vegetables, seasonality and their prep' methods

Somehow Alex has managed to make words on a page actually seem encouraging - the down to earth delivery and presentation makes it comfortable and interesting for the experienced and novice cook alike.

It's rare for me to recommend a book to anyone but this is a definite exception. I've even sent a copy over to my sister-in-law in Canada!

Now I actually look forward to trying new things!
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This book has a fantastic idea behind it: the teaching of a few simple, core skills (i.e. how to cook a salmon fillet perfectly) and then expands on each of these with a huge number of possible recipes. Even each of these has variations for changing things up depending on what you have in the cupboard. It's a very practical book that understands how real people really are in the kitchen (me and my mother, at least!), offering good tips for managing to cook something everyday without being at all patronising or didactic about healthy eating, fancy ingredients, etc. I think it's a really nice book, the writing is lively and engaging, the recipes are just the sort of achievable, contemporary cooking that I like, and I think it is probably perfect for busy mums (there's advice about which recipes are good to puree for your baby, freeze for later, etc). So, yes - highly recommended!
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This is a really good cookery book, not only is it full of good easy recipes, it also gives lots of time saving tips.
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Alex Mackay has written his book in sections...for example on ways to cook salmon fillets, with a basic racipe and then with 6 different variations. I tried the salmon with sunblush tomato ketchup and another time I did salmon with white butter sauce, leeks and asparagus, both were delicious and the beurre blanc sauce the best recipe I have tried. Other sections include a variety of ways to cook aubergines, pork chops, risottos and burgers, for example. There are also chapters on various things suitable for slow cooking and some excellent new ways of cooking side dishes.

I liked his detailed descriptions of pre-preparing ingredients and also how to adapt recipes to make them suitable for babies and toddlers and also for freezing.
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This book was recommended by a friend and it's truly a gem. I cook for my young family most evenings (except Friday take-away night!) and this has really refreshed our menu. He takes things I'd have in the fridge anyway like chicken breasts or aubergines and gives loads of ideas (all beautifully photographed) on what to do with them. I've followed some of his methods to the letter - e.g. sweating off red peppers or roasting veg (with lamb) and the flavours are Amazing compared with what I normally manage! I have bought loads of copies of the book for presents for friends & family.
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It's not everyday that a cookbook comes along that makes me feel enthusiastic about ordinary cooking - but this one's got me thinking differently about the kind of ingredients that usually make me yawn. Entertaining is one thing, but the daily grind...so dull. Well, not any more, at least not in this house! Alex Mackay's book has really set my taste buds tingling.

The 'Magic Fridge' section is the best idea I've come across in years. I've now got jars of home made pesto and Green curry paste in the fridge - and BTW, the sticky onion recipe is yummy.

Best of all, even though the recipes are put together with economy in mind - they're good enough to serve up at dinner parties too. I made huge sweet potato, bacon and tapenade tart last week and served it up with salad as a starter; Duck breast, fennel and olive as a main. (There are lots of Veggie options too!) Highly recommended.
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