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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742702066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742702063
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back. Donna Hay is now the author of 20 top-selling books translated into nine languages, the editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly donna hay magazine, creator of a homewares collection with Royal Doulton and host of her own television series. As a working mum with two young boys, Donna s approach to food and entertaining have set a benchmark in food publishing and continue to inspire new generations of cooks.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ritaanne on 23 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Donna Hay. I don't know where I've been hiding? The Good Food Channel recently showed Donna's fast, fresh, simple series to accompany her new book. I was hooked from the very first episode and pre-ordered her book immediately. Her approach to food and cooking is exactly as she describes it and her stylist background guarantees that you will love the look of it before you even begin to eat. The first thing I noticed about the book was how large it is and each recipe has wonderful coloured pictures to help you with presentation. The recipes look great and taste even better. There are 160+ recipes and each category of fast, fresh and simple have both a sweet and savoury recipe section. If it's a quick supper you're looking for after work or even food for entertaining, everything is in here and I would say that this book definately delivers as fast, fresh and simple. Perhaps not for the complete beginner but if you have a basic knowledge of cooking, then you will love this book. It will definately be on my Christmas list for friends and family. I hope you enjoy as much as I am doing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Viviana Torres on 19 Sept. 2011
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i bought this book as i loved the tv series, and the book does live up to its expectations! i have tried several of her recipes and they have turned out wonderful. Admittedly there has been the odd one that i haven't liked to eat as much as i thought (like the chocolate wontons) but my friends loved them so maybe its just my taste. This is a book for someone with not a lot of time as it gives wonderful ideas for fast, fresh and simple suppers and deserts just like the tittle says. This book has simple ideas that can be changed and twigged depending on taste.
its not a masterpiece but it does give food for thought!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By muji on 1 Oct. 2011
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Am an avid cookery book reader and this is the best book I've bought in a long time.... The title says it all.... It's beautifully illustrated and the ingredients list are manageable too - not like in some books....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flower petal on 5 Oct. 2011
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I bought this on the back of Donna's recent TV series. The recipes are very easy and quick for mid-week eating but good enough for mid-week entertaining. There are plenty of shortcuts and cheats (but not in a Delia canned mince and frozen mash kind of way!). I started with some of the baking recipes as I think they are the real acid test of a cookbook. The Chocolate dessert cake was to die for (bonus: all made in one bowl- simple), and will keep any choco-holic very satisfied. Her tips for presentation and styling are as simple and elegant as the food itself. The overall vibe of the food is very much Austral-asian. There is the odd ingredient some people may think of as 'exotic', but to be honest I don't think that there were any ingredients I couldn't find in my local supermarket. I will stress, however, that this kind of cooking is very much dependant upon the quality of your ingredients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ampj on 14 Feb. 2012
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I had watched Donna Hay's cookery programmes on tv so I ordered the book as it was reduced in price. I was so surprised when it arrived as it is much bigger than expected and is full of lovely recipes and every one is beautifully illustrated.
Excellent buy. Very pleased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Black on 6 Jun. 2014
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After watching the tv programme that promotes this book and really enjoying it, I thought I would try the book. Its brilliant, a lovely format and packed with great ideas. My only grip is that being a paperback it has to be wedged down to remain open at the chosen page. But I suppose that at the price, you cant expect a hardback. Very, very pleased with it.
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This is a gorgeous recipe book that is really easy to follow. Donna Hay uses some great but simple ingredients, teaching us that with the right full-flavoured ingredients, recipes can be fast AND flavoursome. My favourite recipes include the fig and gorgonzola tart and no-fuss banana caramel pudding - they are so easy to do and look delicious. Perfect recipes for a speedy weekday supper or for a hassle-free but impressive weekend lunch for guests. The field mushroom galette and lamb roasted with rosemary, feta and garlic are also recipes worth adding to your repertoire.
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I love this book! The design and photography are just stunning - very clean and simple - but the best thing about it are the recipes, which are all so do-able. I'm not the world's most gifted cook, but love to get into the kitchen and Donna's recipes are a joy to use. The ingredients lists aren't too long (and no weird ingredients) and the directions are straight forward and easy to follow. I've already tried the Apple and Blueberry cake and it worked perfectly - if only all of my baking attempts were like it!! I can't recommend this book enough.
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