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Leon: Baking & Puddings [Hardcover]

Henry Dimbleby , Claire Ptak
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12 Sep 2011

'Leon is the future.' - The Times

The first Leon restaurant, in London's Carnaby Street, opened its doors in July 2004. For its founders - henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy - the aim was to change the face of fast food, by bringing fresh, wholesome cooking to the high street. Six months later, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

Leon: Baking & Puddings is their third cookbook, and contains hundreds of recipes for everyone from the novice cook to the baking aficionado. Following the Leon principle that what tastes good can also do you good, three-quarters of the recipes are sugar, dairy, wheat or gluten free - so there's plenty to indulge in even if you have a food allergy, an intolerance or one eye on your waistline. Co-authored by Henry Dimbleby and Claire Ptak, it is a book of two halves. The first contains recipes for Every Day: granolas, cakes, breads, pizzas, and puddings to enjoy as often as you like. The second half - Celebration - contains recipes for all sorts of special occasions, from Easter and Christmas to weddings and even funerals. Flourless chocolate fudge cake, toffee apples, caramelized onion and olive tart, plum ice-cream - there is something in here to tickle every fancy.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (12 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184091579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915792
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good.

When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner).

Now they're bringing their recipes and principles for great tasty healthy food into our homes. With four 'big' books, with a fifth on the way, and four 'little Leons' (pocket size additions that'll fit into even the busiest kitchens) Leon are making sure that it was never easier to feed the ones you love most fabulous food that will do them good.

Now, they have thirteen restaurants serving over 70,000 people a week - that's a darn good place to start.

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Of LEON: Ingredients & Recipes, Giles Coren of The Times said, "Without doubt, the coolest food book I have ever seen."

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More than half the recipes are sugar-, dairy- or gluten-free. Includes more than 100 sweet and savoury recipes for all occasions, all year round. Specially commissioned photography by award-winning photographer Georgia Glynn Smith. Leon book 1 and book 2 have sold 75,000 copies in the UK to date. 'Leon is the future', The Times

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautiful book 3 Nov 2011
First a confession. I am a bit of a baking fanatic. I have countless baking and pudding books and like to try new recipes as often as I can. Leon: Baking & Puddings is the heftiest of my baking books at more than 300 pages. It is also one of the best designed: the layout is clean and easy to follow but fun with lots of lovely little elements and a sort of homey scrapbook feel. The books is divided into two parts (everyday and celebration) but there's a lot of sub chapters such as chocolate, baking with children, breads etc. There's also a very good intro section with tips and techniques which I recommend even seasoned bakers to read - I learned a lot about using somewhat unusual ingredients.

The book is a really good read. I am not really comfortable making bread but after reading through the bread section I was very inspired to try something new (sourdough starter). There's many classic recipes with 'Leon' twists added - the ingredients tweaked or method adjusted. But there's also a lot new (to me at least) recipes.

So far I have made the Halloween Biscuits with my daughter which we then decorated at her Halloween party - huge success and tons of fun. The pumpkin pie was also fantastic, wonderful autumny flavour and very moreish - the tricky part was finding the tinned purreed pumpkin. The Life by Chocolate cake however tops it all. My husband made it for my birthday and as there's pictures for every step of the recipe process it was a doddle to make. It was beyond delicious and I have never seen a 'cake' (no flour in it) dissapear so quickly. I am very keen to try more recipes and have the lemon bars in mind...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have i been hiding? 6 Oct 2011
By Amy
Its either due to my own sheer ignorance or possibly the fact that I don't frequent the London area often but I'm a little late in discovering the magnificent Leon.
If it wasn't for the retro-style enticing cover on the face of the book I may have never given this fascinating book a chance, flicking through the pages and seeing the positively titled 'Good Scones' and the 'Bar of Good Things' only seemed to increase my curiosity and whet my appetite more.
Its a welcoming feeling to know that in such a health conscious day and age there are cookery books out there that are helping us to find ways to still enjoy tasty sweets and puddings in a healthy, more modern way. Nowadays there are not many people out there who don't have a friend who is wheat intolerant or a family member that's allergic to dairy, its becoming a more common problem especially when having a dinner party or a children's birthday tea to cater to everyone's personal needs. This is where 'Leon - Baking and Puddings' can step in and take some of those allergy related problems off your shoulders.
All of the recipes come with a simple guide that helps you recognise who it is best catered for, e.g. - low in saturated fats, wheat free, gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free etc, my favourite symbol being that of a fork decorated with devils horns which indicates that this dish is indulgent (and properly extremely naughty and bad for you!)
My only anger is that whilst I'm stuck here in the north west surrounded by the usual fast food outlets that try to convince you that deep fried chicken poked in between two processed white baps is nutritious, everyone in the London area is graced with the presence of a number of Leon restaurants who truly know what's good for you and make it their top priority to make food not only to enhance your health and wellbeing but to make it taste phenomenal as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon Baking & Puddings 18 Sep 2011
As a lover of Leon Restaurants and a big fan of the other two cookbooks, I have not been disappointed with this book. It has loads of recipes that I can't wait to try and a lot of useful information about how ingredients work together, which appeals to the science geek in me.
Beautifully laid out in the style you come to expect from Leon.
I am very happy with my purchase and would thoroughly recommend it.
I'm buying a 2nd one for my friend's birthday. We are both wheat and gluten free eaters and this book has a lot to offer us. There are a lot of wf gf recipes and plenty of tips on how to adapt the ones that aren't.
A big thumbs up for this book.
Leon: Baking & Puddings. Book 3: Baking and Puddings (Leon Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Useful 17 April 2012
By pixfarm
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This is a great book and we have tried quite a lot of the recipes already. Especially good for cakes that do not use ordinary flour. Will have to try the other books in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new find 17 Dec 2011
By Deb L
Quite a big, heavy book comprising of more than 300 pages of beautifully illustrated well planned recipes.
Lots of recipes come with their own small 'Tips' section and are all listed as to whether or not they are Gluten, Dairy or wheat free.
The book is split into two sections each containing it's own selection of smaller sections. the two main parts are Everyday and Celebration.
Each recipe contains symbols ad icons which depict carbs, low saturated fats, wheat free etc. and levels of confidence in taking on a recipe. the key to these in found in the rather super introductory pages at the beginning of the book. My only critisism is it would have been better if the conversion chart had been easier to find quickly, say at the very front or very back of the book rather than on page 32, but now I'm am being very picky of what it otherwise an extremely super book.
Seems a shame that I had never heard of Leon the restaurant chain, maybe they should think of expanding nationally.
An ideal gift for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. Will be seeking out their two other books over the next couple of weeks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lots of delicious puds and cakes
Published 3 months ago by Mrs S P Rees
3.0 out of 5 stars Why fructose?
Why is fructose being used in recipes that are meant to be healthy? Shouldn't the recipes have used more unrefined sugars?
Published 3 months ago by Shantini Sabapathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my collection
Love this book, full of fresh ideas and great looking sugar free treats. Can't wait to get started! It's well thought out and easy to use, the gorgeous imagery makes this book a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars more yummy food
Colourful and fun. Some of the recipes are tempting and others seem rather dull. I selected it for the healthy options and these recipes were successful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alfiebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Leon's books
I love Leon's books, they are so pretty ; I like that they are books about food as well as opposed to being recipe books
Published 14 months ago by lv
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy May Day!
Well why not, any time is present time!
It's a very inspirational book for those who love to Bake and read about Baking too. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Paterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
It's okay. I love cooking and have over 100 books. I do have a few of the recipes already but for me I was looking for something really different. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars baking for awkward diets
Brilliant if you're trying to make something lovely for people with food allergies , difficult dietary requirements or just those trying to avoid processed food . Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift
This was bought as a present for a big Leon fan. She loves this book and has the others too.
Published 22 months ago by Nangelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Have made 2 things so far - the best banana bead ever with a half banana running through it (genius) - and a stunning vegan chocolate cake. Read more
Published 23 months ago by L. Dunford
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