Attempting to rush to the supermarket after work in order to cook a dinner before guests arrive two hours later can be a nightmare. Fast Food for Friends
is aimed at helping you organise your kitchen so that delicious meals can be whipped together if you're pressed for time. It's written by a team of experts--Lewis Esson, the author of Mouthwatering Mediterranean
, Guild of Food Writers award winner Henrietta Green, and Marie-Pierre Moine, a former editor of Taste
Fast Food for Friends is divided into various sections: brunches and lunches, casual meals, finger and fork food, dinner parties, special occasions, and a treasury of basic recipes to impress without effort. Each section has further sub-divisions, such as vegetarian suppers, food for unexpected guests, or anniversary dinners. For all the recipes, the authors suggest using quality ingredients for the best results. But to cook fast you also need some convenience foods: pre-washed and cut vegetables, pre-packed and pre-selected salad leaves, and trimmed herbs. They also include tips on what to have in constant supply in the larder, growing in a pot on the windowsill, in the refrigerator, in the freezer and in the store-cupboard. This enables you to produce delicious meals as quickly and painlessly as possible. Many of the recipes include a fast flow chart which tells the cook exactly when to switch on the kettle, start melting butter in a pan and when to start peeling vegetables. Recipes range from Quick Clam Chowder to Chicory with Blue Cheese and Walnuts. The photographs--including the Trifle Deluxe on the cover--are beautiful.