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Kitchen Hero [Hardcover]

Donal Skehan
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Book Description

31 Mar 2011

Fresh, young and full of enthusiasm, Donal Skehan is a real cooking talent. His passion for simple, healthy, delicious home cooking will inspire novices and more experienced cooks alike to get into the kitchen.

Armed with gorgeous, do-able recipes, Donal is the champion of the home cook.

In 2007, Donal started his own blog to record his cooking adventures and share his passion for food: This book takes the blog and Donal to a new level. It contains some of the best recipes from the blog, along with plenty of new ideas. Divided into 6 chapters (Meals in Minutes, Party Food & Drinks, Salads & Sides, Comfort Food, Stretch your Meals, and Mega Desserts & Baking), you'll find quick, easy and tasty ideas for every meal.

Donal's recipes really pack a punch when it comes to flavour, but they are also wonderfully simple and straightforward, making them perfect for novice chefs and equally appealing to the more practised cook. His personality shines through on every page – from his writing, which is as fun and delicious as his food, to the stunning photographs that were all taken by Donal himself. You cannot fail to get caught up in Donal's enthusiasm for healthy home cooking.

Recipes include:
• Thai Beef and Mango Salad
• Oats and Seeds Fish with Lemon
• Mini Rustic Steak Sandwiches
• Chorizo and Spring Onion Quesadillas
• Swedish Meatballs with Dill Spring Potatoes
• Creamy Spinach Chicken Pasta
• Vodka Penne
• Blueberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
• Classic Whoopie Pies
• Mojitos and Simple Strawberry Daiquiris

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007383029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007383023
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Donal Skehan is a 23 year old home cook who writes and photographs food for a living. He has been cooking from an early age and inspired by a family of foodies, food quickly became a way of life. During his teens he worked with his aunt, one of Ireland's top food stylists, and got the chance to work alongside some of Ireland's top food photographers including Jocasta Clarke and Walter Pfeiffer.

Donal started his very own food blog, in 2007 where he writes about his food adventures and recipes everyday. After only 6 months blogging, he was approached by Irish Publishing house, Mercier Press to write a cookbook based around the recipes on the blog.

Good Mood Food was released in October 2009 and received fantastic reviews from editor of Food & Wine magazine, - Ross Golden-Bannon - "Good Mood Food is a new breed of cookbook that springs from the talent of a passionate home cook. A truly scrumptious read.", Paulo Tulio - "At last... Simple, easy recipes that are healthy and interesting. Donal Skehan's book reclaims good food from the convenience of supermarket shelves and puts it back where it belongs - in the domestic kitchen." and, described him as "Ireland's answer to Jamie Oliver".

Donal's TV and radio appearances include , Four Live, Ireland AM, The Afternoon Show, ICE, Nationwide and Market Kitchen in the UK, The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and The Tubridy Show.

In March 2010, Donal flew to Paris to cater for 700 people at an event called Vielle Foodstock organised by Parisien magazine, Le Fooding sponsored by Bord Bia and Jameson Whiskey. The event was a huge success and was widely covered in the French media. The same week Donal flew back to Ireland just in time to win the award for Best Food/Drink Blog at the Irish Blog Awards in Galway.

Donal is currently working on his second cookbook, "Kitchen Hero", all the recipes for which he has photographed himself, and is filming a 13 part series for RTE to be aired in 2011. Donal also writes a weekly column in The Cork News, a monthly column in the Irish Independent and Irish Tatler magazine and demonstrates recipes on his weekly slot on RTÉ's 4Live show.

Aside from the culinary world Donal has also had 2 number one singles ("My Baby's Waiting" June 2009 and "Burn" August 2009) in the Irish music charts as a member of pop group "Industry" and has also supported the Pussycat Dolls and JLS on their Irish tours.

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Reviews for Good Mood Food:

‘Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver.’ –RTE

“‘Good Mood Food’ is a new breed of cookbook that springs from the talent of a passionate home cook. A truly scrumptious read." –Ross Golden-Bannon, The Sunday Business Post and Food & Wine Magazine

‘At last… Simple, easy recipes that are healthy and interesting. Donal Skehan's book reclaims good food from the convenience of supermarket shelves and puts it back where it belongs – in the domestic kitchen.’ –Paolo Tullio, The Restaurant

About the Author

Donal Skehan is the award winning author of ‘Good Mood Food’ a cookery book inspired by his blog; and ‘Kitchen Hero: Bringing Cooking Back Home’, which tied into his first 13 part prime-time RTÉ television series which also airs in the UK on Good Food Channel. He lives in Dublin where he works as a food writer, food photographer and TV presenter. Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less is Donal's third cookbook, and accompanies his second RTÉ Television series. All the images in the book were shot by Donal.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have bought both Kitchen Hero and Good Mood Food books and have been using them non-stop for the last four weeks. I have a collection of books from Nigella, Rachel Allen, Nigel Slater, etc, but Donal's are the books I turn to when I come home from work and want to cook something quick, healthy and with everyday kitchen ingredients. We've had gorgeous Thai Chicken Curry, Lamb kofta's with raita, Chicken satay skewers, white chocolate and blueberry cheesecake and each recipe has turned out lovely. Would highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars move over Jamie! 3 Dec 2012
I purchased "Jamie's 30mins meals" some time ago - all I can say is; what a disappointment. Donal's "Kitchen Hero" is, in my opinion, a million times better. I've had the book less than one week and already i've prepared two delicious meals IN LESS than 30 mins and without all the hullabaloo involved in Jamie's cooking!!! This would make a perfect Xmas present for an amateur cook who doesn't want to be running around speciality food stores for exotic ingredients.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 20 May 2011
I already have Donals first book and was looking forward to getting this one and it didnt disappoint.
Simple easy receipes that uses ingredients you will have in your kitchen already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple cooking just got really interesting! 6 April 2011
As a reader of Donal's blog for years and after working my way through almost every recipe in his first book Good Mood Food: Simple, Healthy, Home Cooking it's great to see he's churning out even more great culinary wonders. From the homemade spin on the classic "Beans on Toast" to the messy delight of "Pulled Pork Burgers", the recipes strike a balance between original and classic that has me super excited to see them come to life on the TV show very soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the hip young cook 28 Nov 2011
Donal Skehan is rapidly becoming Ireland's twinkly eyed answer to Jamie Oliver (who in turn is becoming the UK's answer to Martha Stewart). In his early twenties, Kitchen Hero is already his second book.

Although recipes like smoky fish pie and cheesy cauliflower bake aren't by any means unique, there's great attention to detail producing a very slick attractive book indeed. No wonder Rachel Allen is quoted on the cover saying how much she loves him.

We don't get Donal's Kitchen Hero TV show in the UK but if it exudes the energy that pours out of his website and book, we're missing a treat. Watch this space for someone destined to start an empire of restaurants and mail order businesses if he follows in the steps of the big JO. I bought this book on the back of the artwork and food styling alone but the dishes inside are realistic and tempting enough to make me want to cook all of them tomorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 6 April 2011
By Pam
I love this book! It's full of recipes that I know I'll love, and with ingredients that are easily available.
It's good, wholesome food that you don't have to be an experienced cook to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air! 6 April 2011
This is the eagerly-awaited cookbook from Ireland's latest Home Cook. Donal Skehan, I feel, has aimed his recipes at students, busy Mums & Dads, just in from work, or work from home. A complete cross section is catered for, with inexpensive ingredients, which are easily sourced at the supermarket. Easy to follow, and beautifully styled, something for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definately a hero 7 April 2011
Delighted to finally get my hands on Donal's new book! I have his other book and constantly use it. I really find his recipes so easy to follow and they taste amazing!!!

Salads are amazing especially with the weather being so brilliant at the moment and a must try is the asian pork lettuce cups! YUM!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and fantastic recipes
Loved this book ~ tasty, easy to cook no fail recipes! A great
range to choose from for any occasion.
Published 19 days ago by Deirdre Keane
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
good recipes, tasty and easy to follow. Doesn't require a whole super market in order to cook a day's dinner
Published 18 months ago by Georgios Vakros
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good cookbook
I really like this book lots of nice and simple ricpes ,they are all really taste to. Donal in my new faviore cook.
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Miz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
Great cookbook with clear, easy to follow recepies. Nicely presented with good illustration also.

Made a perfect gift for my girlfriend who loves to cook! Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by jchimself
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of easy to follow delicious recipes!
I already have Donal's first book which has been well used! This new book hasn't disappointed either. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Ruth Rooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Donal Skehan's Kitchh Hero is amazing
If you buy one cook book this year make it Kitchen Hero- the recipes actually turn out like the pictures in the book for a change! Read more
Published on 22 April 2011 by JillColl
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful guide to cooking
I love Donal Skehan's second book because it puts the fun back into cooking and entertaining, even for those who may be intimidated by the process of creating a meal. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by C. Kleinedler
4.0 out of 5 stars First time cookbook, totally loving it!
I have never really cooked before but I spotted Donal on This Morning on ITV a few weeks ago and wanted give the cookbook a try... Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by Simon
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