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Good Things To Eat [Hardcover]

Lucas Hollweg
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Book Description

28 April 2011

Simple, delicious, unfussy – Sunday Times resident food writer Lucas Hollweg offers good food for real people.

Good Things to Eat is just that: great food that focuses on the ever-popular ingredients and types of recipes that home cooks turn to again and again; the dishes that make everyone go 'yum!' From risottos, stews, gratins and things on toast to lamb, fruit, pasta, pies, squashes and puds, Lucas opens up scrumptious new possibilities for the kinds of flavours people know and love.

Lucas weaves together his recipes with personal memories, inspiration, gentle advice and the odd joke. His warm, unhurried writing and layman's understanding of what needs explaining and what doesn't, plus his usage of ingredients that people can easily get hold of, ensure he will inspire everyone to make uncomplicated, tasty food – no matter how practised they are in the kitchen.

At long last, here is the book his fans have been waiting for.

Recipes include:

Sea bream with fennel and orange
Chicken schnitzel with lemon and thyme
Aubergine, courgette and basil gratin
Cod with lentils, rocket and salsa verde
A bowl of roast quails with spiced yogurt
Spiced rack of lamb with butterbean mash
Peach, prosciutto and mozzarella salad
Veal chops with Roquefort and thyme butter
Pot-roast chicken and chicory
Beef stew with cinnamon and prunes
Raspberry and mint sorbet
Autumn mess with blackberries
Banana and black pepper tarte tatin
A go-with-anything cake (and things to go with it)
The 123 cocktail

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007364075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007364077
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘He’s as good with emotive words as he is with inspirational recipes – enticing even kitchen virgins to put on a pinny. Cooking from the heart, simple dishes are a tempting tease of modern British flavours, Mediterranean sumptuousness and seasonal splendour… I’ve cooked more than a dozen recipes from the book with resounding success…Hollweg reminds us that unfussy cooking should always have pride of place in the kitchen.’ 4/5 stars, Time Out

‘A book that springs from a sound ethos: love for simple ingredients and a desire to eat and feed. Lucas’s skill is in using down-to-earth ingredients in recipes that make you salivate just by reading the title.’ delicious magazine

‘It is brilliant.’ Alex James in The Sun

‘[Lucas Hollweg’s cookery pages] are the best you’ll find in or on the English tongue.’ A. A. Gill

‘A book with a hungry heart, written by the new star of simple good food.’ Rose Prince

‘Lucas cooks from his heart and his recipes really hit the spot for entertaining at home; I’ve even lifted a couple myself.’ Mark Hix

Top of “The Way to His Heart” by Sunday Times Style

“I could happily eat for years from his ungussied recipes…Excellent.” Christopher Hirst, The Independent

“As readers of his Sunday Times column will know, Hollweg has a magical ability to combine a few ingredients into something wonderful. He knows when to elaborate – adding cardamom to a lemon-drizzle cake, say – and when to leave well alone: pork chops with mustard and capers, onion tart, fish pie. No book this year has made me salivate quite as much.” Sunday Times Culture

About the Author

Lucas Hollweg is a self-taught cook who gave up life as a food editor and features journalist to spend more time in the kitchen. His popular recipe column in The Sunday Times Style magazine has many happy readers, who enjoy his easy, laid-back and delicious grub. Good Things to Eat is his first cookbook.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to add to your collection! 19 May 2011
This is a fab cookery book. I regularly follow Lucas's recipes in the Sunday Times and was delighted to see I could have a collection for my shelf.

I am a huge fan of Nigel Slater's style, he shares the recipe for what he had for his tea last night and I think Lucas is in the same category. Not particularly fancy or chefy, just great recipes.

I have already tried a number of these recipes with great success.

I would recommend this book to you without hesitation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is good to eat in this book 6 Jun 2011
I have been working and eating my way through this brilliant book over the last four weeks. Beautifully presented and illustrated highlights have been: roast lamb stuffed with feta, mint and spinach; summer roast chicken, pea and broad bean bruschetta and tiny fig and ginger cakes.
It has become my cookbook of the moment, the only downside is that the pages are getting covered in food stains...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that lives up to its name! 1 May 2011
By Keenie
I love this utterly delicious book by Lucas Hollweg - the recipes are easy to follow and the ones I have tried have turned out beautifully. My favourite so far is the chocolate marmalade slump cake. Good range of savoury and sweet and some basics all written as if Lucas is standing in the kitchen having a chat as you go.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great things to cook 16 Jun 2011
I have read Good Things to Eat from cover to cover (it's a great read BTW) and have bookmarked a list as long as my arm of the mouth-watering recipes I am looking forward to working my way through over the next few weeks/months.

While I have cooked several of Lucas's recipes from his Sunday Times column over the years (all good), so far from Good Things to Eat I have made the prawn and lemon risotto (a great store cupboard midweek supper and an unexpectedly delish combo); the cod with puy lentils and salsa verde (bloody good - the moreish salsa also goes with lots of other fish/white meat) and am typing this while the scent of roast chicken with fennel and lemon wafts enticingly from my oven...

Lucas is a great cook. His recipes are straightforward, easy to make and get you a delicious result every time. This is a cookbook that will become splattered and worn with use in my kitchen over the next few years. Buy it and it will do the same in yours.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The Concept: This is a collection of recipes which Lucas enjoys to cook - they are long on flavour, and short of effort. The book is divided into the following sections:

Berries and Cherries ~ Birds ~ Cakes ~ Chops ~ Fennel ~ Figs ~ Fish ~ Gratins ~ Ice cream and sorbet ~ Mussels, squid and other creatures ~ Peaches and plums ~ Pies and tarts ~ Pudding ~ Risotto ~ Roasts ~ Spaghetti ~ Stew ~ Summer salads ~ Summer Soup ~ Things on toast ~ Winter salads ~ Winter soup ~ A word about booze ~ Bits and pieces.

There are between five and nine recipes in each section, and they include Strawberries in red wine with cream cheese and basil; Cherrymisu (!!); Raspberry and basil sorbet; Kale and pancetta risotto; Spaghetti with crab and mint; ruby chard with lemon and feta; and Peas, broad beans and ricotta on toast.

Who's going to buy it? All of the recipes are very straight forward - I would expect almost anyone be able to cook these The food combinations are familiar, and yet often include a variation that you know will eat well - an example of that is the cherrymisu - you know it's going to be delicious! There's a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients, eaten simply. Lovely book. Will definitely use this one..
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant recipes 1 May 2011
I bought this as I like Lucas Hollweg's recipes in the Sunday Times. The book has lots of recipes - all of which I'd like to make! They're simple but delicious and different too. Made two recipes out of 'things on toast', the cod with lentils and salsa verde (fab) and the go-with-anything cake (even fabber). I would definitely recommend this cookbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fresh approach 16 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are hundreds of cook books, recipe boks etc for all occasion so it is an impressive achievement to produce this book of suggestions and recipes. From it a long and experienced professional cook has produced original and interesting dishes. It is to be commended as a special book in a market which is overcrowded. the purchaser will not be disappointed
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun for summer 2 May 2011
The day this book arrived, I tried out two of the dishes, much enjoyed by my guests. The recipes are easy to follow, and offer original combinations, often with a Mediterranean flavour, with lots of garlic, herbs and olive oil. I like the way Lucas has focused on favourite ingredients - there is a whole section on peaches, another on figs, an exciting prospect for summer. The book's coming away with me on holiday. Liked the photographs too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Homely
Comfort food at its best. Every section has easy to follow recipes with ingredients readily available, making this a must have for your kitchen library.
Published 1 month ago by Nigel Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars Every recipe a winner!
We have many cookery books and have made many recipes from them including this one. The outstanding feature for this one is that every recipe delivers wonderful and often... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bar54bar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Things to Eat
i bought this following the television series as a gift for a friend and as far as I know she did enjoy it
Published 4 months ago by Enaj54
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good things to eat
My new kitchen bible, all recipes easy to recreate and very tasty. I use more recipes from this book on a weekly basis than any other I have purchased over twenty years or more.
Published 6 months ago by melanie grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things to eat
The book is beautifully presented and packed with delicious recipes and ideas that make me want to cook and bake.
Published 10 months ago by Linda Culwick
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lucas!
We went to Sunday lunch with friends and they cooked the main course and dessert from this book. So I bought the book and have been cooking from it regularly since. Read more
Published 11 months ago by carolyn morton-hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things to eat
Superbe book, full of easy wholesome recipes not yards of ingredients and everything I have tried has been really good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Valerie Rumble
3.0 out of 5 stars intersting but not not enough photos
There are not enough photos of the recipies, it is then not preferable when I can find millions of recipes online with photos and even videos
Published 11 months ago by ayse dincer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Pictures and even better Food
This is a cookbook not for purists but rather for those who like to cook, who enjoy testing their skills without getting into molecular cookery and who enjoy the delicious... Read more
Published 11 months ago by peter upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book - what a hell of a chef and so understated
We love this book! Borrowed it from the library and made so many of the dishes in the few weeks we had it that we bought it and use it on a regular basis. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cate Cumbria
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