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Lorraine Pascale
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29 Sep 2011

TV chef Lorraine Pascale, author of the phenomenal bestseller Baking Made Easy, is back with her second cookery book – this time packed with simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking.

The queen of cookery is back with 100 scrumptious and seriously easy recipes, from cosy soups and roasts to delicious autumnal breads, in this beautifully photographed second book to accompany Lorraine’s BBC2 prime time four-part autumn cookery series.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007275927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007275922
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lorraine Pascale first found fame at 16 as a super-model, but felt that food was her first love and decided to train as a chef.

On completing the Leith's Diploma of Food and Wine, Lorraine did a two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and then worked in some of the most renowned kitchens of the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley.

She now owns and runs Ella's Bakehouse cupcakery in Covent Garden, the favoured bakery for the rich and famous. Her client list includes Madonna and Marco Pierre White and her celebration cakes are now available in Selfridges.

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Praise for Baking Made Easy

“Mouth-watering recipes for everything sinful from exotic breads to biscuits, tarts and cheesecakes […] she’s like a modern day Delia – enthusiastic, unpretentious and an absolute pleasure to watch”
Daily Mail

“Supermodel turned patisserie chef Lorraine Pascale is the new home-baking heroine whose doable and dazzling recipes bring a fresh, fuss-free take to stove and screen […] Baking Made Easy features 100 recipes for every occasion and palate”
You magazine

“A truly scrumptious book”

“Pascale makes baking look like one of the most glamorous pastimes you can think of […] Baking Made Easy is a model of clarity and inspiration”
The Lady

Praise for Lorraine
“She’s the BBC’s new home-baking heroine”
Evening Standard

“Are we ready for another TV chef? In the case of Lorraine Pascale, I think we might be”
The Independent

“Lorraine’s star is to rise and rise with Baking Made Easy”
Sunday Mail

“Queen of cakes! […] home bakers have a new heroine”

“Pascale has been reborn as the new queen of TV cookery”
Sunday Times Style

“A serious contender to take over from Nigella as the new queen of television cooking”
Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Lorraine Pascale first found fame as a super-model, but after deciding food was her first love. She was trained as a chef, worked in many restaurants and bakeries and now owns and runs The Cupcake Bakehouse in Covent Garden, the favoured bakery for the rich and famous. Her client list includes Madonna and Marco Pierre White and her celebration cakes are now available in Selfridges.

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129 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes with clear instructions 10 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having purchased Lorraine Pascal's previous book Baking Made Easy I was keen to try this one. This is even better thanks to the inclusion of more pictures.

The recipes are inventive and varied, it is lovely to try different flavours without having to give up because the ingredients aren't readily available. The book follows the logical order of:
Starters,Soups,Canapes & Snacks
Vegetables & Vegetarian
Cakes & Cookies
Sweets, Jams & Other Good Stuff
all with pictures and full fool-proof instructions. I have already tried the Bacon & Mature Chedder Cheese twisties along with the Paprika baked sweet potato wedges with honey-glazed bacon & herby creme fraiche. Both were absolutely delicious and disappeared extremely quickly. There are many recipes that appeal to me so I'm sure this book will be as well used and enjoyed as her previous one.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but... 3 Dec 2011
I haven't cooked much from this book yet - the recipes I have done have been fine, BUT I'm not sure whether an editor has been anywhere near this book. One recipe calls for the oven to be preheated, but it's never actually used in the recipe. Another asks you to fry some potatoes and set them aside, but they are never added to the final dish. And those are just the ones I've noticed so far. Perhaps watching the series was essential to understanding the book. I don't doubt the ability of the chef, but the book is not brilliantly put-together, meaning you have to guess a few of the steps. Personally, as a disliker-of-pears, I find there are far too many recipes which contain pears.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Generally I love amost of the recipes I have tried in Lorraine's book. It's great to have been inspired by many recipes and her natural enthusiasm (sometimes I have been inspired to the point of obsession!)
With Christmas coming, I've been impressed with a few turn outs that an pass off as special presents, presented in jars etc- the marshmallow fudge (foolproof) is a must!!
However, why I feel I cannot honour it 5/5, the book has frustrated me from time to time with some of the vague instructions- one example comes to mind, "bake until smell cooked," which isn't exactly useful, alongside an approx cooking time.
Hopefully my feedback will help perfect Lorraine's future books, which I still look forward to buying!
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Very excited to receive my copy of Lorraine's new book on Saturday. Knowing how impressive and easy to follow the recipes were in the first book, I picked a few recipes from the new book to make that evening when having people over for dinner. I made the "creamy pancetta pasta with mushroom and parmesan" with a rocket salad and "my big fat tipsy trifle" for dessert. They were both so easy to make and they looked amazing! Usually when I am cooking for a few people, I really stress myself out but the the recipes are so easy to follow - all of the ingrediants were easily found in my local supermarket and Lorraine describes how to do each step very simply, yet still the finished products look so complicated and skilfully made. My mates were very impressed - ha! Lorraine is my secret weapon!
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Cookbook 27 Oct 2011
By Leolady
I bought this book as soon as I heard about it as I bought Lorraine's previous book Baking Made Easy and this one is just as good. The recipes are easy and simple to follow - the photographs stunning - making me want to try each recipe as I turn the pages over. Was not sure if the 21st Century Bread would work without yeast but I was not disappointed - it was lovely. If like me you are a simple cook - liking uncomplicated recipes - then this is the book for you
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookery book around 23 Oct 2011
By lindaf
This has to be one of the best cookery books around at the moment, really enjoyed the series and the book compliments it well, lovely recipes and easy to follow, had to buy the baking made easy too, fabulous books !!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home cooking made easy 6 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having watched the TV show, we found that the recipes revealed some details omitted from the programme. Fascinating and mouth-watering recipes, and we're looking forward to working our way through them.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on 4 Oct 2011
By JEr
Well done Lorraine! Had pre-orded this book before it was released and it wasn't a disappointment. Very straight forward, without any fuss like some of the TV chefs.
Book is divided into sections - starters, breads, mains,desserts etc. and in this book Lorraine presents more savoury recipes than in the first one. Have tried some recipes already, everyone loved them.
Although some recipes require some skills e.g. in the chocolate cheesecake recipe base with the filling cannot be too cold in order to keep chocolate topping at the right temperature for feathering, otherwise it may start to set instantly ), all together the book is spot on and cannot wait to crack on with other recipes!
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