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Leon: Family & Friends [Hardcover]

John Vincent , Kay Plunkett-Hogge
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Book Description

15 Oct 2012 Leon

'The only challenger to Jamie Oliver's world domination in the healthy fast-food stakes is the team behind Leon, which has built a mini-empire on the ethos that "food should taste good and do you good"'. - Stylist

The first Leon restaurant, in London's Carnaby Street, opened its doors in 2004 built on the promise of serving good fast food that does you good. Now, 13 restaurants later, Leon serves over 70,000 devoted fans a week. Leon Family & Friends is their fourth cookbook, created by Leon co-founder John Vincent and cookery writer and broadcaster Kay Plunkett-Hogge.

At the heart of happy family life are meals spent together - sharing flavourful, nutritious food around the kitchen table and swapping stories of the day. Many of us feel we don't have the time to cater for our families in the way that we'd like but Leon Family & Friends shows you how to make the most of the time available to feed your family and celebrates the power of food to bring people together.

It's divided into three sections: Today, including great breakfasts and brunch ideas and post-school teas, Tomorrow, for those occasions where some planning is involved - weekend lunches, birthday parties, Christmas and picnics - and finally; Yesterday, a culinary celebration of family food memories. With more than 200 recipes and ideas, there are dishes to keep everyone happy. Children will love the snacks in Crunch! Squish! Slurp! Their parents will welcome the quick suppers in After Lights Out. While no teenager should fly the nest without 10 Things to Know How to Cook Before You Leave Home. A new Leon cookbook is something to celebrate and Family & Friends is destined to become a much-used classic on the kitchen bookshelf.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840916095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840916096
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Leon is the future', The Times

'Well done, Leon. I'm proud Brits can deliver a brilliant retail concept such as this.' Mary Portas

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

Praise for Leon Bakings & Puddings: 'A colourful, beautifully designed book which proves that healthy can be fun,' BBC Good Food Magazine.

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Leon Family & Friends is the fourth cookbook from the healthy fast-food restaurant chain Leon, and contains hundreds of recipes for flavourful, nutritious food that won't take hours to prepare.

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140 of 144 people found the following review helpful
This is the 4th Leon book to be released and having owned the previous three I knew that I would have to add this to my collection. I knew I would not disappointed and I wasn't. Firstly, it is a very attractive book, one that would not look out of place on your coffee table. Recipes are laid out against a white background which makes the book easy to refer back to when following one of the recipes. Not every recipe in this book comes with an accompanying photo. That isn't an issue to me but I know it is to some people so I thought I would mention it.

In the back of the book you will find an index. The index is split into two. The first index is split into categories and they are as follows:

Low glycemic load
Low saturated fat
Wheat free
Gluten free
Dairy free vegetarian

The second index is traditional index, listing recipes from A-Z.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Part one: Today:
Breakfast and brunch
Speedy lunches
A walk in the park
Tea time and high tea
Super weekday suppers
After lights out
Something sweet

Part two: Tomorrow:
Food on the move
Weekend blow-outs
Kids' cooking classes
Christmas and boxing day
10 things you should know how to cook before you leave home

Part three: Yesterday:
Memery lane

I have taken the time to list all of the recipes featured in the book. I do hope this is a help to you when you come to decide whether or not this is the book for you.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Leon family and friends is, as the name suggests, a cookbook aiming to provide unpretentious recipes for feeding your nearest and dearest. It's co-written by one of the founders of "healthy fast food" concept restaurant Leon (an establishment which I most admire, incidentally)

It's a very appealing book, lavishly illustrated with photos of the authors', er, family and friends, but in a way that's charming rather than irritating. Some great ideas on children's cooking, both for things they'll enjoy making and for heathy dishes they might actually eat. Examples include pesto chicken, fish finger wrap (actually a posh fish finger sandwich but made me laugh), and showing kids how to make fresh pasta and pizza, to name but a few.

Difficulty rating is mild to moderate - even the most inexperienced cook will find plenty to get stuck into.

There are lots of digressions into snippets of nutritional info, which are entertaining and informative. The book is divided into three sections: Today - which covers breakfast, brunch and quick meal ideas for tired kids in the evenings; Tomorrow - cooking for special occasions where some planning might be required; and Yesterday - indulging in the authors' nostalgic family food memories and which contains such classics as Crepes Suzette and Coq Au Vin.

The book spans a wide range of cuisines and dishes,- I guess a lot of which passes for British these days with plenty of both Asian and traditional English recipes. Among other digressions, there's also a useful and inspiring chapter on quick meal ideas from the tins and packets languishing in your store cupboard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful Leon 19 Nov 2012
By LiSa
Is there anyone still unaware of the great and powerful Leon?? Started in 2004 the founders wanted to provide people with a choice. A choice to eat natural and healthy food (at one of their 13 restaurants or in the home with one or all of their 4 books) or to continue to eat unhealthy, unnatural food.

Leon: Friends & Family (book4) is a great addition to the Leon name. It is full of classic (cottage pie) and adventurous (sushi rolls) recipes; geared at all levels of cooks. It has a guide to cooking with children and 10 recipes everyone should know before they leave home. Which are all very useful.

The book is divided into 3 sections: Today, recipes that focus on feeding you, friends/family today right now. Tomorrow, recipes that need a bit of preparation for parties, holiday's, and such. and Yesterday, recipes for food that take you down memory lane. The food you're grandparents cooked or the meal you had on a first date. There is something for everyone in this book.

I'll be celebrating my 8th Thanksgiving, in the UK, at the end of the week. I'm planning it for Saturday not Thursday for timing. Seeing as I've moved it this year I plan to go all out and Leon has helped me plan for an awesome dinner. I will let you know how I get on.

The book is very well laid out and an enjoyable read. I cannot praise this book enough! I like this one better then Leon: Naturally Fast Food. Book 2 which I also own. Mainly because I have two young kids who can be a bit picky. Where book 2 is good this one as the title suggests is focused on feeding the family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite cookery book to date!
Fantastic collection of much loved recipes, didn't know where to start. Also great for cooking with my 3 children!
Published 1 month ago by Meistersmum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, fun design (as you'd expect from Leon)
Great book, fun design (as you'd expect from Leon), and delicious recipes from around the world. So far, I've particularly enjoyed Kim's Spanish Chicken, Jonny Jeffry's Fluffy Eggs... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dominic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Swift delivery.
Published 2 months ago by elh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
First class book
Published 2 months ago by FRANK HILL
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not a great book to be honest
Published 3 months ago by Greenland1960
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely book - very useful recipes and easy to follow
Published 3 months ago by Mrs S P Rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated bland food
I had heard great things about these books. But I have found them to be bland, with some random hard to find ingredients.
Published 6 months ago by F. Pickering
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Love Leon chain of restaurants and the cookery book recipes - although I've yet to make something this is a lovely book for yourself or a gift.
Published 9 months ago by Nicola McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting cookery book
I enjoyed my food at Leon so much that I bought their cookery book and I'm not disappointed. Love the recipes and different ideas.
Published 9 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition to our cooking library
My family love Leon and this seemed the best of the Leon books for us. Its clear and colourful and has great recipes.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. Mcallister
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