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6 Jun 2013

Perfect for beginners in the kitchen and everyone who is time-pressed but would still like to eat tasty, homemade food, this is the ultimate cookery reference book.

Leiths Simple Cookery Bible contains a colossal 700 recipes that are foolproof, delicious, easy to follow and utterly reliable. Covering soups, tarts, snacks and sandwiches, salads, main courses, accompaniments, puddings, baking, preserving, drinks, breakfasts and the all-important basic recipes, this terrifically comprehensive book has every recipe you'll ever need, from spaghetti Bolognese, sausage hotpot or shepherd's pie to salmon with dill and mustard crust, couscous stuffed peppers or sweet chilli beef. Recipes come complete with 'prepare ahead' instructions in case you want to cook them in advance, making it easy to rustle up quick after-work suppers, or to cook for friends and family without spending all your time slaving in the kitchen. They can be adapted to whatever you have in your cupboard at home (the book contains a special section on substituting ingredients), they can be made with convenience ingredients (like ready-rolled pastry and bought pesto, which come with recommendations on the best brands to choose), and the 'basic' recipes contain delicious variations that will enliven every meal.

With 100 colour photographs, conversion tables, a glossary of terms, illustrated techniques tips (from whipping cream to cutting a mango), a guide to wines and cheeses, a seasonal table of fruit and veg, and much more, this is the cookery book you will turn to every day. It is a collection of recipes for real life, and one with inspirational ideas that will make ready-meals a thing of the past.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408842173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408842171
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine comes an indispensable new Bible for kitchen novices and everyone with busy lives

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Leiths School of Food and Wine was established in 1975 to provide professional training for career cooks and short courses for amateurs. The school provides comprehensive theoretical and practical teaching, qualifying students to enter the highly competitive food and wine business and begin a rewarding career. It is committed to classical techniques and methods but offers a fresh and modern approach.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best cookery book yet 13 July 2008
I own loads of cookery books and only cook two or three recipes from each. Many of the recipes in these books can appear daunting if you're not an accomplished, brilliant cook. I really enjoy cooking for the family but they aren't really into pheasant in a redcurrant sauce type of meal so I have to keep it a bit simpler. This book is ideal, it gives traditional recipes a new twist and they are bursting with flavour. Family favourites so far are lamb and butterbean casserole, turkey and apricot pie not forgetting sausages and red onions with port. I have only had the book a couple of weeks and there are loads of recipes I am keen to try. This is one book that won't be gathering dust in a cupboard. There are plenty of recipes for the adventurous cook but also for those of us still aspiring to become accomplished.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read and nice food 21 Nov 2008
The recipes I have used really work. The format is easy to use although the publisher obviously cutting cost by putting pictures together and not opposite the right page. Never mind! The content was at just the right level for those who can't cook, those who can but have given up on over-fussy food and those who don't have much time. Not a frozen potatoe in sight!
Shame its not more visible on the High Street. It's a good all round book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By David Jenkins VINE VOICE
It's difficult to know where to start, when wanting to say something good about a book, without sounding trite or patronising. So let me relate a short story, which might tell you a little bit about Leiths Simple Cookery.

My fourteen-year-old daughter is doing cooking in school. They don't call it that of course. It now comes under Design & Technology as we are talking Food Technology these days! What was wrong with good old plain cooking lessons? Anyway enough of that, her most recent project was to find and cook a vegetarian dish and naturally she thought she could take a short cut by asking me what she should cook!

After I explained that it was her project I suggested that she did some research using the cooking books in the house (there are quite a few to choose from). She struggled. When I stopped to think about it the reason she was struggling was her lack of experience and the need to find something that did not require too many ingredients and would not take too long to cook and prepare.

So with so many books in the house the task should have been easy! Not so. Look at most recipe books and you find that most recipes call for a lot of ingredients and many are far from simple to do. What was needed was something a bit more focused towards someone learning to cook . . . and then I remembered I had just received my copy of Leiths Simple Cookery.

An enjoyable hour later she had found her recipe, which was both interesting and easy to prepare . . . it also led to me making my own tapenade for the first time! Far superior to what I had been buying in the supermarket - something I had just never thought to make.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This has got to the best cookery book in the world and I have a shelf full of them. Actually this one has never even made it onto the shelf as it is in constant use. It has delicious reciepes that make use of relatively unobscure ingredients that are quick and easy to make. The Chicken, Lime and Lemon Tagine, Sausage and Lentil Casoulet and Lamb Shanks braised in red wine are recipes I probably wouldn't have tackled in any other book but are now firm favourites. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Would make a fantastic birthday or Christmas present.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite on the shelf 8 Feb 2009
I've more cook books than I care to mention, however this is one of the few in constant use. Every recipe I've tried so far has worked fantastically. If you like good food that can be cooked around a hectic lifestyle, this is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The All in One Cookery Book 5 April 2010
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this book as I have many cookery books at home (my last count was 492) and they all profess to be the "one". I have to say, I haven't been able to put this book down. The recipes cover a vast range of areas. They are modern, easy to prepare and of course with anything Leiths, creative. The best thing I like about it is its simplicity. I have done 2 dinner parties, all from this book which have been very successful. I have also cooked recipes for our weekly evening meals, also with success. I don't believe this is a true beginners' book, but if you are interested in cookery at a higher level and want to gain a greater repertoire of recipes, then this is the book for you. This book is not full of colourful pictures, it gives you the creativity to experiment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recipe book I've ever had 6 July 2009
I was given this last year for christmas and there is barely a day when I don't refer to it for one thing or another even if its just inspiration. Most cook books I just use for one or two recipes or if I want to do something in particular. This one you can cook with every day with things out of your cupboards. It tells you really useful things like how long to roast meat and how to make yorkshire puddings (two things my mother tried very hard to teach me and I always forgot - it wasn't relevant to me at 16!). It's not afraid to 'cheat' either with curry pastes etc. Unlike most cook books that insist on everything from scratch when you just don't have the time or the ingredients, this book lets you use ready made pastes and sauces which is just fantastic but the good thing is the food doesn't taste artificial or sub-standard in anyway. I've not made a bad meal yet from this book. I would absolutely recommend this as a staple for anyone's kitchen but I think its especially handy for those starting out but are interested in 'real' cookery (maybe after uni - it's more than boiled eggs and beans on toast).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Helpful Cookery Book
Published 20 days ago by TopReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
Better than all the rest! I have almost 200 cookbooks, each one enjoyed in its way, many much loved. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent everyday cooking
This is very good for people who don't have time to make sauces etc from scratch. The book offers store cupboard alternatives that are tried and tested. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Just dreaming for lesson at the Leiths...
For someone who can not afford to pay tuition fee (approx 30K a year) and if you want to improve your cookery skills, highly recommended. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kengels
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly expensive
I bought this book expecting some thing a little bit special but alas, it did nothing for me which I could not get from other authors and to top it all I piad 2 above the new... Read more
Published 17 months ago by kinsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good - very good.
I think this is a great publication, the overused cliche, 'it does what is says on the tin' comes to mind. The basics - the basics! Walk before you run? Buy.
Published 21 months ago by Wyndham
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cook book I have by a mile!
This really is the best cook book I have ever had. It has a permanent place of situ on my kitchen worktop and I've been using it for my weekly meals for weeks now. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book
Really useful book with lots of interesting information and advice. Plenty of good easy to follow recipes for every occasion
Published on 17 April 2012 by JerryG
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good cook book
I really like this cookbook. Simple, not too many ingredients per recipe and has almost everything you would need. I love the bloody mary soup!
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by M. E. May
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best there is!
Purchase of this gem prompted me to whittle down my cook book collection substantially. Nothing is complicated and everything is clearly explained. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Mr. L. S. Shackleton
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