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Leon: Ingredients & Recipes: Ingredients and Recipes [Hardcover]

Allegra McEvedy
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13 Oct 2008 Leon

'Leon serves food that is fresh, seasonal, locally sources and really good. The twist is that your food is served really fast. The double twist is how delicious it is.' - Vogue

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. The menu is based around bold flavours, using simply-cooked fresh, local, natural ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal dishes; it also reflects how our eating habits change as the daylight house get longer and shorter.

This is a book of two halves. The Ingredients Book arms you with everything you need to know about the basic building blocks of any recipe. LEON chooses its ingredients above all for their flavour and healthiness but also with a view to the world we live in, so that such shark-infested waters as sustainable fish are tackled and easy to navigate. LEON's top 250 fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, dairy and store cupboard ingredients are all given their own entries. Nutrition, a bit of history, flavour and the best way to get the most out of them are all covered, seasoned with a fair amount of random miscellany.

The second half is The Recipe Book, where you can put your newly found knowledge of ingredients to great use with over 140 recipes: some are familiar favourites taken from LEON's menus such as the Original Superfood Salad, Moroccan Meatballs or Magic Mackerel Couscous and, for LEON Lovers everywhere, at last a recipe for the coveted LEON Better Brownie. Plus there are some recipes from the founders, their friends and those who helped make LEON what it is today, like Fred's Millennium Octopus and David Dimbleby's Spanish Omelette.

LEON's food message is a simple and honest one - cook and eat with the best ingredients available and don't forget the naughty bits that are so necessary for a fully-rounded life.

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (13 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915020
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,281 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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy and flavourful 9 Oct 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough To Eat 28 Oct 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy! 5 Feb 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon - simply fab 9 Mar 2009
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious food, good recipes, great book! 29 Jun 2009
Bought this book some time ago now, and I have to confess that though I thought it was a really attractive book, I was disappointed at first that the first half or so of it was taken up with advice about ingredients - I felt short changed on the recipes. However, i was completely wrong - if I did a cost-benefit analysis of pounds spent on the book vs meals actually prepared and enjoyed, this book beats any recipe book I have ever bought.

The recipes are (for me) not just delicious to eat, but a very good balance of being just a bit unusual, but not too difficult to make or the ingredients too hard to find. Many of the dishes have quickly become staples of our everyday dinners, and they are not only delicious but also healthy, and you can't ask for more than that!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars 11 Feb 2009
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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon: Ingredients and Recipes 29 Sep 2008
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This book is brilliant and a must have. For years I have enjoyed eating at Leon and now we have a book which features all the favourites. This book is not only a recipe book but is full of really useful information about the ingredients used and seasonal food - I love the stickers and charts! I have come back online to order copy for my daughter as she's off to university and armed with this book I now she will eat well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast healthy and delicious 13 July 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Live and cook. Cook and eat. Go on, enjoy yourself.
Entertaining and full of superb recipes.
Published 9 days ago by MikeyGBP
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered baking
I have rediscovered my love of cooking and trying new ingredients. Mealtimes aren't boring anymore! it's so easy to fall in to a routine, but I love the Leon restaurants and am... Read more
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good book lots of nice recipes.Still didn't try any but i like to look trough it.Will be try in something today.
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No other recipe is like this one. Gives unique background info on almost any ingredient you can think of. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars pretentious moi??
I got this as a present. On first glance looked good. It smelt a bit odd. Perfumed pages?? I think it is supposed to be about cooking for healthy living, but, judging by the... Read more
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Endless gorgeous recipes, I make them for my family or if we have a party these recipes are low energy but they taste great and look like you've put in much more effort than you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lorraine MC Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
The recipies in this book are my idea of heaven. They're not always thr quiest recipies to do, but they are wholesome and healthy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ann1Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cookery book
Wholesome and witty, simple yet delicious. This book is just too good to be true. Good home style cooking with lots of veggies and beans as well as yummy meat recipes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase
The book was in excellent condition - as described - with the original stickers and fold out map still intact.
Published 14 months ago by SueHS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbooks ever!
These books are the best cook books I have ever bought, I love them! Full of great recipes, I have the full collection now.
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