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Food [Hardcover]

Mary McCartney
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Book Description

3 May 2012

Food is full of uncomplicated, tasty meals to tempt both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Inspired by growing up as a vegetarian and working on her mother's recipes, and using stories and photographs (past and present) to tell her life through food, Mary has created recipes for friends and family that are imaginative and creative.

Fresh, inspirational and irresistible, Mary's first cookbook will enthuse readers to bring more meat-free cooking into their repertoires. From Fruit and Nut Granola to Asparagus Tart, Mexican Bean Tortilla to Coconut Rice Pudding, Mary gives us ideas for every meal, from breakfasts to Sunday roasts, and offers new twists on old classics like pancakes, and Shepherd's Pie.

As a working mother, Mary is perfectly placed to write a contemporary vegetarian cookbook - good food, cooked well and with ease, for all the family. And as a photographer she has a unique vision - her pictures are a glorious accompaniment to her mouth-watering food.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701186259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701186258
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mary's book combines smart, achievable recipes with her own gorgeous food photography. I think it's absolutely divine" (Rachel Allen)

"This is a jewel of a book - gorgeous recipes that beg to be eaten!" (Sophie Dahl)

"The very best food is domestic, enriched with the love of growing, cooking and eating with family and friends. Food celebrates and inspires such meals, and photographed with Mary's intimate and elegant eye, is a delicious book" (Monty Don)

"McCartney’s Food is an intimate peek into the family’s kitchen table – the culmination of tried-and-tested recipes cooked by three generations of women" (Telegraph Magazine)

"Filled with warmth, personality and style…irresistible" (Easy Living)

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A unique and iconic cookbook by photographer Mary McCartney, bringing us delicious, easy, family-friendly, meat-free recipes as well as gorgeous, colourful pictures taken by Mary herself

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful book 20 May 2012
By Bea11
One of the best cook books I own now. I received it as a gift from a grateful and hungry friend who had unexpectedly come home and I made the courgettes and spaghetti. It's simple, made with ingredients I had in my store cupboard and fridge and it tasted sublime. I got the recipe from the FTweekend magazine. I normally cook Indian vegetarian food and haven't made any of my usual stuff for the past week. I have not stopped cooking from this book and it has become something of an obsession. Yes the coconut rice pudding takes a lot longer than the stipulated 15 minutes. That's a minor quibble, according to me. What matters is the unfussy, simple, easy to follow recipes, with which you are able to lay out wholesome delicious food. The photographs are gorgeous as well. It is a great book to own as well as give as gifts. This is the best 10 £ gift I have ever received.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!! 14 May 2012
If like me you're trying to cut down on meat but always get stuck for vegetarian recipes which are quick and easy to make and taste delicious....this is the book for you! I made the butternut squash soup and the cheese & aubergine bake for friends at the weekend and they all devoured it. Similarly the sweetcorn fritters are ridiculously moreish so be warned. These really are simple easy recipes, simply explained and all accompanied by mouthwateringly gorgeous photographs. This is one book which won't be gathering dust!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non agressive vegtarianism 13 May 2012
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As a graphic designer, I always go by the adage 'Always judge a book by it's cover'. Shallow, and crass, I know, but it nearly always is true when choosing cookbooks.
This one does not disappoint. The recipes are simple, and plain to understand, and go a long way towards recognising that vegetarian meals do not equal bland experiences.
I eat fish and meat, and really see in this cookbook that, if done well, one would not miss meat and fish if the right vegetarian dish was cooked and delivered.
I own about 30 cookbooks, but this is the first one that I have actually used, word for word. Try it. Corn fritters a must.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food 15 May 2012
By Sue
This book is now next to my use all the time cook books. Great pictures , really easy recipes and a book to inspire you to cook veggie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Deliver on Taste 10 Mar 2013
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As a long standing veggie it's always good to get some everyday inspiration to get you out of a rut. This is what I was hoping for from Food. It does give inspiration but falls very very short on taste. I should have known better when the first recipe I cooked contained only 1 tsp of soya sauce for seasoning/flavour!

If your everyday repertoire has gone a bit stale, and particularly if you want some inspiration re soya products then it is ok maybe borrow it from the library/a friend rather than buy it. If you're new to vegetarian cooking then I would recommend turning to something like River Cottage Veg Everyday instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too simple 5 Sep 2012
By Cath
I bought the book because it has a lovely cover, and previous reviews were glowing. However, if you're already a bit of a cook and own vegetarian cookbooks (which is my case - I own quite a few (not to say many) cookbooks), don't bother with this one. As said by Thinkaloud, nice book to look at, but really nothing new as far as recipes are concerned. Usually, when I get a new cookbook, I flip through the pages and I can't wait to try some of the recipes. this was not the case with this one.
I wish all books would allow the "Look inside" feature, with at least table of content and index of recipes
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new experience 16 May 2012
By jmk
I will never be a vegetarian, but like many carnivores I struggle with the amount of meat our family consumes and have always wanted to create a few easy/quick family veggie staples. Mary's book is full of easy-to-follow recipes that are quick to make, and more importantly delicious to eat. The corn fritters are now a firm favourite in our house, and the pea risotto has been a great hit. Lovely photography too! Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect cookbook 14 May 2012
By sam
Having bought this book mainly because of the beautiful, mouth watering photos, I was delighted to find that it also contains some of my favourite recipes. I immediately tried them out this weekend and being a busy mother of three was relieved to find that they were not only increadibly tasty but also really easy to follow and well written up and the meals themselves are not too time consuming. There is something for everyone in this cookbook and though the title says vegetarian home cooking, this book would appeal to those who are not vegetarian just as much. I will definately be buying this book for my friends as gifts!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by Gillian Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice recipes
Some of the recipes are very nice but too much of the book is taken up with her own photos of family and still life which have little bearing on the recipes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dallas
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian Ideas
Bought this for my daughter-in-law who wanted some new veggie ideas for the family.
The photos are excellent, but from a quick review before handing it over, the recipes seem... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NellW
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of space
This book must be aimed at people who do no cooking whatsoever - the recipes are beyond basic and generic, nothing particularly interesting ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patryk Gawron
5.0 out of 5 stars a great veggie cookbook
This book has some great everyday family recipes,and as a vegetarian and a mum its the sort of book that i would write if i could, to pass down to my children who are also... Read more
Published 11 months ago by iris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's not too complicated and is easy to follow. The recipes are delicious. There are options for alternatives eg frozen sweetcorn instead of corn on the cob. I like it!
Published 11 months ago by Twinkledevil
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best cookbooks I have ever used
Every recipe I have tried from here has worked, been easy to follow with readily available ingredients and has tasted great. Love this book and I am not even a vegetarian.
Published 12 months ago by jenbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant present
I purchased this a a gift for a foodie vegetarian friend but couldn't resist a sneaky peak before wrapping as a gift
Published 13 months ago by A. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars McCartney recipe book
Like and some v good recipes but possibly too many pictures
for my liking - makes a good present for a veggy.
Published 14 months ago by pauleen vero
4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASING
Here is a colourful book that sets out to provide a range of "home cooking" recipes for vegetarians as well as, perhaps providing a bit of an introduction to meat-free eating for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by I. Darren
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