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In the Mood for Food [Hardcover]

Jo Pratt
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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25 Jan 2007
What do you want to eat right here, right now? What we cook and eat is as much dictated by our moods as what we wear and what we do so Jo Pratt has written an ingenious book that asks you how you feel before suggesting what sort of food you might fancy. Are you feeling lazy? Then the chapter of convenient, super-quick and easy recipes will hit the spot. Or is romance in the air? Here are heavenly recipes for every romantic occasion from the first date to the bedroom . . . How about extravagant? Jo’s menu suggestions will dazzle your guests and satisfy the exhibitionist in you. There are also chapters for naughty, indulgent moods and purer, healthier ones guaranteeing the right food at the right time and making sure you always get a little of what you fancy . . .

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148584
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jo Pratt is a Mum, wife, food stylist and author of four books. She is also a regular contributor to magazines and often appears on TV. Jo was named one of Waterstone's 'writers of the future' in 2008 to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Studying Home Economics at John Moore's University in Liverpool was where it all started. After graduating (1995) she has been lucky enough to work with big name chefs such as Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and John Torode on everything from live cookery demonstrations to TV programmes.

Jo's cooking style has come from working with those big chefs to create the most delicious food - and translating those ideas into recipes for the everyday kitchen. She branched out and tried some of her own ideas, which have lead to writing her own books, features and appearing on TV shows in front of camera, rather than behind the scenes!

Jo grew up near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and now lives in London with her husband Phil and two young children Oliver and Rosa (Jo's harshest food critics).

Visit Jo's website www.jopratt.co.uk for more information and plenty of recipes.

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'If you're anything like us, what you eat depends on what mood you
are in - which is why this cookery book is so handy! It is jam-packed with
dishes for any occasion.' -- OK!

'This book stands out as one packed with good advice and dishes
real young women will want to make. Treat yourself, treat your best friend
and treat your sister.' -- Time Out

'This could well become your favourite ever cookbook. . . Jo
Pratt's book is just bursting with fabulous dishes you'll be deperate to
try out, and its gorgeous design means it's very stylish too.' -- Heat

From the Publisher

I Love this book. Jo could have written it entirely with my
lifestyle in mind . . . she can see that sometimes I am too hungover to
move let alone cook elaborate things; she seems to know that I have really
great intentions at least once a month and has given me brilliant lunch box
ideas and healthy suppers. And she has also spotted the exhibitionist in
me; sometimes, I really want to convince people that I am a genius in the
kitchen and with Jo's help, I can! I can't stop cooking her chocolate
brownies either so she now knows my good intentions rarely last. Finally I
have found an author who really speaks my language . . . Camilla Stoddart,
Cookery Editor at Penguin

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 May 2007
I have spent the last week making various thing from this fantastic book- my colleagues at work are now all putting it on their christmas lists as a result.(and going on diets as a result of all the taste testings they have been doing!) The recipes are simple, straightforward, inspiring and DIFFERENT. I am a mad recipe book collector, but find so many books incredibly repetitive in style, either that or really pretentious. I think it would make a great present as well.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Mood for great food? Buy this book! 24 April 2007
The layout for this book is what inspired me to buy it, the recipes split into sections such as things to cook when you are feeling lazy, things to cook when you want to be healthy etc. I have only owned this book for a month & have already made 6 or 7 of the dishes, every single one of them was a winner. Particular favourites being the chianti baked meatballs & slow roast honey & ginger duck. Dishes thast look & taste amazing but so simple to make, this book is suitable for a novice right up to an expert. I have already bought this book as a gift for 2 of my friends & others can expect it too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 4 July 2007
By Ally
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't know which I want to eat more - the food in Jo's book or the book itself! The presentation of this book is so moreish and the recipes are easy to follow, delicious and perfect for all occasions. This is a book to grace your shelves if no other!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book only two weeks ago, initially because I liked the design and finish when I picked it up in the bookshop. I'd been looking for something to revive my interest in the kitchen after the excess of Christmas. The recipes are really clearly laid out and I love the way they're organized into different states of mind. The author really encourages you to try everything and it's a little like having a friend in the kitchen showing you how to make that great tasting, impressive dish they always seem to whip up when you pop round and you've always wanted to know how to make.

It's motivated me to get my kitchen utensils back out and stop relying upon Leon for my meals. My mum's definitely receiving a copy for mother's day too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yummy, yummy book! 26 Oct 2007
I am addicted to buying cookery books, but so many end up staying on the shelf with perhaps one dish being cooked from it. Not this one! First of all, the book looks so lovely and is a real joy to read. There is a good variety of recipes, and they are eay to follow. I have only had the book a week and already tried three of the recipes and they were all gorgeous. My fave so far is the Chicken and leak pies. I have another couple already picked out to try this week!

I think one of the best things about this book is that it is so varied. I have some books that are great with more traditioal recipes, some that are great for healthy choices, some for puddings etc but this has a really good mix. I would dip into this if I wanted an idea for a quick lunch for myself, a family meal or for when entertaining friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every one a winner! 21 Feb 2009
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I bought this book as all the pictures of the food looked yummy. I also liked the way the book was sectioned up. So depending how you feel or what kind of meal you are having you can easily find something to suit. Every recipe i've tried from this book has worked very well. The instructions are easy to follow & there is a picture for nearly every meal (i feel this really helps when cooking - something to aim for!) The ingredients are fairly straight forward, nothing too fancy. Whether you are throwing a dinner party or stuck in on your own for the night you'll find something you'll love.
My favourite recipes so far are the Prawn & Avocado Champagne Tempura, Marshmallow Meringues & Baked Breakfast Baguette (can't describe how yummy this is).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not outstanding 2 Dec 2010
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a nice enough book but, in my view, it is nowhere near as good as Jo Pratt's other book, 'In the Mood for Entertaining'. There are some lovely recipes but, for me, a lot of things I will never use or which I could put together easily without a recipe. I should perhaps mention that I am a keen, experienced cook with 350+ cookery books which undoubtedly affects my view.

I didn't like the layout which is divided into sections based on mood e.g. In the Mood for Being Healthy, In the Mood for some Comfort, In the Mood for Romance. Some of these chapters contain complete menus which some might find useful. This sort of structure just doesn't work for me - I would rather have all starters, mains, etc in one place, so that when I'm flicking through, looking for inspiration for a particular course, I can rapidly see everything. I found it particularly annoying that desserts were spread out all through the book, especially when there already was a chapter called 'In the Mood for Something Naughty but Nice' containing puds, cakes, etc.

The recipes themselves are fine, although I felt that there was a preponderance of desserts, puddings and various types of drinks and comparatively few main course dishes. To give you a flavour of the recipes here is a selection. Main courses include Chianti baked meatballs; a very nice cheese, onion & potato pie; tomato, ricotta & basil tart; parmesan-crusted chicken with avocado salad; creamy caramelized onion & parmesan pasta. Soups included frozen pea & mascarpone soup; cauliflower cheese soup; chilled watermelon & pepper soup.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, nothing special
The book contains the odd few recipes that really sound amazing but many are really quite simplistic, boarding on daft to even have them as a recipe. Read more
Published 10 months ago by las_lorien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great go-to cookbook
I bought Jo Pratt's Madhouse Cookbook and use it almost everyday. I saw this one and thought I would try it out and have not bern disappointed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This is a fab cookbook, full of lovely things you want to rush out and try, my son had seen this book at my daughters and asked me to buy a copy --- when he left home -- he took it... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ruth gartland
2.0 out of 5 stars poor book , not as good as others
Not nearly as good as her entertaining book and struggled to find a recipe that appealed.
But do like that all recipes have good photographs
Published 19 months ago by Howie
5.0 out of 5 stars A new find.
LOve it, love it, love it! Jo writes excellent recipes and I like the way she tells her story through the recipes. Great food!
Published 20 months ago by Jackie Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!
Really good book with loads of receipes that you will actually use. All of the receipes actually work and taste really nice and can even deal with fussy children. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars In the Mood for Food
Yhis is a fantastic book. I have already tried out several recipes and shall continue to try more! It's very comprehensive and I just love reading it.
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by Maureen Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Real food inspiration
Brilliant book, brilliant food, recipies and photos.

Have had this book for about 1 year and I regularly dip into it. Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Babyblade
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook
With its pretty design, lovely photos & incredibly clear instructions this book is a real winner. I've cooked several of the recipes and they've all turned out really well.
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by Boodle
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised
i really like this cook book. it has loads of stuff id want to make and it doesnt sound pretentious or fussy. and the ingriedients are easy to find. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by BettyBoop
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