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Home Cooking [Hardcover]

Rachel Allen
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009

Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen feeds her family and yours with a collection of easy and delicious recipes that everyone will love, plus handy kitchen tips and tricks to make your life easier.

In this, her sixth cookbook, Rachel shows how easy it is to feed your family great food, every day. From school run to bedtime, Rachel has suggestions that even the fussiest eater will love. Treat your loved-ones to nourishing, delicious food with this indispensable, inspirational recipe collection full of wise words, clever hints and tips and, above all, Rachel's irresistible recipes.

CHAPTER BREAKDOWN

– Breakfast & Brunch
– Lunch
– Sunday Lunch
– Supper
– Snacks and treats
– Baby Food
– Desserts
– Sweets
– Basics
– Plus handy sections explaining meal planning, home freezing, healthy eating and much more!


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259717
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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‘As wholesome and attractive as its charming author, (…) it is well thought out and accessibly written, with the emphasis on relaxed family meals. (…) Ideal for anyone who needs to cook on a regular basis but hasn’t much experience.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella (except prettier, blonde and a better cook), Rachel Allen. Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another.’ Evening Standard
‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’. Sunday Times.
‘Food for real people’. Irish Examiner
'With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…' Irish Post

About the Author

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.


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133 of 138 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A new Rachel Allen book to go with the T.V. series of the same name. Though it's so much more than just a tie-in cookbook.

It's Rachel's biggest book to date, and covers all the home meals that you'd want to cook for your familys' daily meals. Breakfast, Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Supper and Desserts plus some savoury treats and lots of sweet ones too. There is even a chapter on Baby Purees, if that's where you are at.

Nicely presented with lots of recipes and pictures. Good comforting and homely home cooked food, these recipes will easily weave their way into your weekly cooking.

Here's a small taster of a few of the recipes:Zac's chicken and sweetcorn soup, crispy duck rolls, roast chicken with 5 sauces and 6 stuffing variations to choose from, creamy gratin of butternut squash, pecan and vegateble loaf, 4 risottos including red wine risotto with chorizo and peas, Mum's chicken and ham lasagne, steak and mushroom pies, date and orange syrup pudding, strawberry and white chocolate tiramisu, dark sticky gingerbread, Turkish delight, white chocolate fudge - and a whole load more!

This is Rachel's sixth cookbook, and I did wonder if she could come up with another great book, especially after Bake last year, but no worries there, it's another cracker!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Allen does it again! 29 Dec 2009
By Mrs. N. Millican TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am definitely a fan of Rachel Allen - I have several of her cookbooks now and really enjoy watching her on TV. She is a such a likeable and approachable person. She does everything with ease but doesn't make it seem impossible to achieve.
I got this book for Christmas and am already eager to get going and try some of the recipes in the book. There are several different sections in the book and various pages of advice/suggestions. There really is something for everyone in this book, ranging from snacks, to picnics, to sweets to baby food! There are some new twists on old favourites and things I've never even tried before. The emphasis is definitely on home cooked food (no surprises there!) and it makes you want to do things from scratch and not have to resort to convenience food all the time. I don't have one negative comment!
The book itself is wonderfully chunky, full of bright colours and photos. Definitely one to add to the collection!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty book, lovely food! 9 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a lovely book. Definitely nice enough for a gift, as it's a hardcover, and has a ribbon bookmark, beautiful pictures and pastel pages... really sweet.

The recipes are great! I've already made the sticky gingerbread and the smoked salmon and leek bake, both delicious and very easy. There is the odd oversimplistic 'recipe' in here for padding (not sure I really needed reminding how to make boiled eggs and soldiers..) but it's packed full of simple family suppers and lunches, various quick and easy pasta sauces, pies, lasagne, curries, puddings and snacks. There are big full colour photos of almost every dish, which helps you choose, and also a section of tips and hints, and some advice on baby feeding too.

Just an ideal book to reach for on a Monday morning to plan the next couple of days meals.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home Cooking review 26 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who cooks regularly for family and friends. It has both special occasion and everyday recipes that are clear and easy to follow, and taste delicious.

I previously had two of Rachel Allen's books, but I found that I did not use them very often. By contrast, I have already cooked more than half a dozen recipes in this book, having had it for about a month. I like the idea of cooking meals from scratch, but have often found that recipes who do this are a bit daunting - this book provides simple instructions and I have found that I was able to do this.

The only types of recipes that I haven't tried yet are the dessert/baking recipes. They look very tasty but I haven't had the time yet!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend to this family's jaded palate! 19 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
Can't recommend this book highly enough. I'd got really bored with cooking and have bought numerous books by celebrity chefs but this is the best by far. I've only had it a few days and already I've done 5 recipes. And more are planned for the weeks ahead! Recipes are easy to follow with easy to obtain ingredients and fit in pefectly to a busy schedule. It is lovely to have different home-cooked food again instead of the usual spag bols, chillis etc. Buy it. You won't be disappointed!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest book on Home Cooking by Rachel Allen 1 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is another great book from Rachel Allen - I have them all so may be biased but I find her ideas are always simple and within reach of even those who are just beginning their cookery journey. The recipes are easily followed and most important for most people is that the ingredients are readily available. I watched the series on television and followed with the book which was an extra bonus. Its a definite winner and a must for any cookery book collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of things you might actually cook! 16 Jan 2010
By Easterchick VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Rachel Allen has done what some might have thought to be impossible - making good home cooked food fashionable again. This book is another testament to her creativity as a chef balanced with her sensibility as a mum. This follows in the current trend for multi-purpose cookbooks (like Fay Ripley's wonderful 'Fay's Family Food', another personal favourite!)

This book is full of recipes that anyone could make, which mostly have a small number of ingredients or are easy to prepare, and which result in good home cooked food which is equally serveable for a family dinner or at a dinner party.

Typical recipes include 'Stir fried noodles with chicken dumplings', 'Lamb koftas with dips and spicy pittas', 'Gooseberry sponge tart' and home made cherryade. There is also a nod to those with children with a baby puree section.

The only thing I don't like so much about the book (and the reason it loses a star in my review) is way that the chapters are laid out by meals, which are not intuitive and do not give enough information to make the book easy to browse or flick through - for example, if you were looking for vegetable dishes you would have to look in 'Lunch', 'Sunday Lunch' AND 'Dinner' to make sure you'd read them all.

Apart from this, this book is a winner and will be on my kitchen shelf for some time to come!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really lovely book to have for everyday meals and having friends around for casual lunches and suppers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E Misra
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I can't find any flaw in this book.it is like a treasure to me.it has lots of good recepies. I've tried a few recepies and they were a hit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by fifa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I am very pleased with this book, the recipes are easy to follow and lots of tips. I would recommend this book to everyone !
Published 10 months ago by Wonder woman
5.0 out of 5 stars My First ever cook book review!!!
As the title suggests this is the first time I've left a review for a cookbook. I am doing it because its the best cook book I've ever bought. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tryingtobehealthy
5.0 out of 5 stars MMM delicious receipes to enjoy
Easy to make meals without having to restock the pantry with expensive ingredients.I am no cook but I have succeeded to make some cakes, and dinners.
Published 18 months ago by the secretary
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book
I absolutely love this book for cooking family meals during the week and weekend. I have only had the book since last week and I've already made 5 recipes out of it, all of them... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Allegra
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
There are not many recipes that I like in this book. Some of them are quite bland. The one's I do use are lovely, but her other books are generally better than this.
Published on 22 April 2012 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book!
I bought this book last year after seeing Rachel Allen on tv,and enjoyed her style of cooking as well as how she came across in general,and the recipes seemed quite simple and fuss... Read more
Published on 1 April 2012 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
This is the 2nd Rachel Allen cook book that I bought and have enjoyed reading through it and picking out some lovely recipes.
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by R. Wiltshire
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice home cooking
I wanted a book of recipes that would cater for the whole family. This delivered some nice, tasty and simple meals. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Betty LaRouge
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