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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259717
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,942 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 By KM on 30 Sept. 2009
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Flighty Rach on 9 Nov. 2009
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By WindsorMummy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2009
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. O'Flaherty on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By louise on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have all of Rachel Allen's books and I have to say I think this is her best one yet. Home Cooking is full of great recipes that you will cook over and over again. I have already cooked about 10 of the recipes and they have all turned out great and everyone has loved them. The book is separated into different chapters eg. brunch, lunch, supper, snacks and there are a good amount of varied dishes so you will never get bored. Rachel's recipes are well written and make you feel confident that you can cook the recipe and that it will turn out like the picture.

I would definately say to anyone who is thinking of buying this book that they should as at 350 pages and with lots of great recipes and photos you easily get your moneys worth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 1 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 free.As someone who wants to learn to cook and do it more regularly,I was looking for a book that would be just that.I am so glad I bought this book!It is full of lovely recipes that,so far,have been fun to make and eat!They are all in sections,making them easy to find.I have made a few so far which have all turned out well.I have only just started to cook properly from scratch so this has inspired me to keep it going.I often go through it to plan what to make next!I will definitely be buying more of Rachel Allen's books.
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