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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; 1st Edition edition (13 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915020
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.7 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proves fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy (Sunday Times Style)

I love the Leon chain. It serves really fresh fast food but the kind that's good for you. Its meatballs are amazing and it's licensed. (Gordon Ramsay)

Fantastic, gutsy, Technicolor stuff (Jay Rayner Guardian)

Leon is as sexy as a cookbook gets - stylish, interesting, and full of tempting, yet inexpensive, seasonal recipes (Delicious Magazine)

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In LEON: Ingredients and Recipes, award-winning chef and cookery writer Allegra McEvedy shares the Leon principles, which through food and the environment in which we eat it, aim to help people be happier and live longer. Bold, fun, friendly and bursting at the seams with information, this book will make you laugh out loud and above all make you want to cook and eat.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything I like in a cookery book. The encyclopedia of ingredients in the first half is extremely useful with the different cuts of meat and how to use them to fruits and veg and the vitamins they contain and their benefits to your health.
The second half has the recipes - from breakfasts ( a fab granola recipe) through to puddings such as as Allegra's no fail victoria sponge. All the recipes I have tried such as the beef stew and the goulash have worked and been extremely flavourful without being laden down with fat, though there are a few recipes that have cream - but not many. I had never heard about Allegra before this book but now have her previous ones on my list. I hope that the author brings out more books in the future.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnston on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the most original cookbooks I've bought in a long time! Leon: Ingredients and Recipes is an absolute delight, both in terms of its recipes, which are healthy and utterly seductive, but also (and perhaps more so), it's design concept, which imaginatively reinterprets that of the Leon eateries. With its interactive pull-out elements, retro motifs, and quirky styling, it is, quite simply, the best fun you can have with a cookbook, without it actually being edible.

Heartily recommend for fans, and for those, like me, for whom the book was the inspiration for a first visit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VB on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've now bought four of these. Three as presents given on Christmas Day which meant conversation stopped for an hour as everyone got lost in the book! It's interesting, educational, amusing and warm. Best of all, it never patronises, which so many cookbooks seem to do.
The recipes are clear & easy to follow - made my first one yesterday. A huge success! Can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ticklemonster on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Leon: Ingredients and Recipes Brilliant book, not just receipes but lots of useful information about food too. An entirely different format from your usual cookbook. If you ever been to a Leon restaurant in London and adored the food, then this is the book for you. I bought this for my husband's 40th birthday and he has never stopped making delicious things since!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By princesscasino on 13 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, the recipes are gorgeous and have worked well so far. If you've never been to Leon, you should try their moroccan meatballs -it's really for that recipe alone that I bought the whole book but I'm so glad I did.
The book is a great to dip into, visually very stimulating, lots of family histories/anecdotes with photos - faded childhood holiday snaps from the seventies are scattered throughout, making it seem nostalgic, personal,colourful and eclectic. You find out about each person or story behind the recipes, so it's a story book as well as an inspirational cookery book. But the recipes are what make the book stand out - they're easy to accomplish, really tasty while seemingly virtuous.
Leon was founded by John Vincent, Allegra McEvedy and Henry Dimbleby. I only found out about that later, through reading the book; a few of the recipes come from Dittisham (where Josceline Dimbleby lives) - a nice surprise, as my family lived there for many years.
Lush book, fabulously tasty food and a complete delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha S. on 31 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Leon cookbooks have actually changed my life. It sounds stupid, but it's true. I'm 24, and I always said 'I can't cook. I can bake a tart or a cake or some muffins, but I can't cook savoury things.' Now, thanks to Leon's cookbooks I actually think I'm a pretty good cook, thanks very much! These books have given me so much confidence; to cook for my boyfriend, my friends and most importantly, for myself, because I struggle with my mood and I've learnt that it's really important for me to be able to eat well. There are terrific recipes for vegetarians and vegans, which is a huge relief for anyone who knows any - and also, let's face it, a great step towards getting us all to trim back on unhealthy levels of meat consumption and to eat heartily on a budget. Unrepentant carnivores are similarly well catered for.

I have only one criticism of these books and that is that the good people at Leon need to work on their priorities in terms of the information being presented. There is a lot of general info about food and nutrition in general at the beginning of this book, but although I love my Leon books and I cook from these books almost every week, I haven't read any of it yet. It could lead to some readers losing patience and feeling that they haven't gotten their money's worth in terms of recipes.

To anyone who does feel this way: Please don't! These cookbooks are beautifully designed and wonderfully quirky, so just enjoy having them on your shelf and dive in with the cooking at whatever page takes your fancy. If you give these books some time and selective attention, you will see that there are more than enough simple, unpretentious, fail proof, tasty and nutritious recipes to keep you occupied.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tinker Bell on 11 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I think this has to be one of my favourite cookbooks. I bought it as a Christmas present for my sister as we love going to the Leon restaurants, and couldn't believe it when she also bought it for me! The first half of the book is a comprehensive glossary of food and ingredients, what's good for you, in season and where things come from. It has lovely features including pull outs and "cupboard" doors which open out. The second half is full of lovely recipes and none of them have disappointed so far. It is beautifully illustrated, witty and educational, and a must for any modern or rustic kitchen.
I would give this 6 stars if I could!
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