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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; First Edition edition (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915563
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leon was voted 'Best New Restaurant' by judges Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner in the 2005 Observer food awards. There are now 9 Leon restaurants in London and the South East. "Leon is the future", The Times; "There's finally a place where you can have your cake and eat it", The Independent. Leon's first book, Leon: Ingredients & Recipes was a bestseller, with over 20,000 copies sold in the UK to date.

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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). There are now nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maidenamerica on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have literally hundreds of cookbooks, have taken many courses and even cooked commercially for a time. But I can safely say that I've never made so many things out of a single book since 'How to Eat' was published. Everything has been delicious and I can recommend the 'Turkey Bolognese' as a way of cutting down the amount of red meat we eat without compromising on taste or flavour. Two favourites spring to mind: 'Burmese Cabbage' which I often make when it's just me and I want to stuff myself without too many calories and the 'Moroccan Chricken with Olives and Lemon'. This is not only superb (my Mum's second favourite dish !) but has gone down in family lore as the dish that, when served to my husband, his verdict was "that was great but you should really try to make the chicken with olives and lemon dish we had in Morocco"! Luckily this was good enough that I've made it many times again despite the helpful comments.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Poppy_B on 10 Sept. 2010
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I too was excited at the prospect of a second Leon book: I think many will be. So I raced to pre-order and was initially a little over-whelmed by the zany lay-out. They've taken it to the extreme here and not a colour, novelty slogan or typeface has been spared us. I felt the actual recipes were a little lost amongst all this. However, I cracked on with getting cooking (the turnip and prune pork belly pot roast) was not disappointed. Best pork belly recipe I think I've ever tried: wonderful aromatic flavours with melt-in-your mouth meat. Perfect for an early autumn evening...mmmm
What I love about the Leon brand is literally every recipe I try turns out great: I think they are masters of delicious, (relatively) healthy, modern, of-the-moment cooking. I still don't think we need quite as many little novelties, though....or a section on how to jazz-up shop-bought ice-cream :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jw on 18 Jan. 2014
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We are lovers of Leon and the first book really stood out from the crowd. This book is great in parts but not in others. It has quite a few basic recipes like a fry-up which isn't really what we were looking for. Still, it does have some lovely recipes in other areas especially for the children.
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By Ms R Bowers on 24 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
After the high standard set by the first Leon book I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2nd.
Sadly, I feel quite underwhelmed by the second offering. Some of the recipes are merely recycled and sightly changed versions from the first book - ie 'Dalston sweet potato curry' is very similar to the Leon Gobi.
I think this is probably a good book for beginners and people with children, but I don't really want the recipe for chocolate cake someone made when they were 15, or chicken nuggets, no matter how healthy/whimsical they may be. Some of the cakes and puds look pretty good - but I may invest in their 3rd book which is dedicated solely to these instead.
I will be gifting this book to someone who doesn't have the first book and may appreciate it more than me.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Swonky on 30 Jan. 2011
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The subject of 'fast' food of late (ie. Nigella Express, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals) seems to be the zeitgeist of the moment and although I sometimes like to make an effort and cook a complex dish, more often than not I just want simple, delicious recipes I can knock up for the evening meal. I was not familiar with the Leon brand before purchasing the book but saw it in the book shop and was drawn in by the lovely cover and had a quick flick through and then ordered it as on a whim, as both the art design and the promise of 'healthy fast food' drew me in.

It is indeed beautifully produced with whimsy and nostalgia and the art design is absolutely genius. A beautifully produced book clearly written with love. However, as a cook book I am afraid I am exceptionally disappointed. The recipes are either oddly simple (Porridge with fruit?!) or obscure or random and dishes that just don't seem to be what a family would want out of a 'fast food' dinner (barbaqued squid?). So far, there are only a small handful of recipes I would ever make with a lot being 'Well, duh' and the others just not appealing. I was hoping for a slice of the clearly successful restaurant in a book and I don't think that's been achieved, instead, it's more a collection of trendy dishes provided by various trendy people (ie. Giles Coren). That's fine, but not what I bought the book for. It's also a very busy book (with one page even purposefully being printed upside down) that I found incredibly hard to follow and not well thought out when you're looking backwards and forwards between stirs.

If you love the look of a cook book and/or want a coffee table book, then this fits the bill, but if you want a book that will be well thumbed and provide a staple for your cooking I really doubt this is it. It's a classic case of style over substance and dare I say it, feels slightly smug and patronising.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By franstew on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
if you look good food easily made that is wholesome and natural then this book shouldn't disappoint. my mate thinks the styling is twee but i bought it for the recipes. i use it more than book 1
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By windmills57 on 11 Oct. 2010
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I have a made a couple of things from this book that are lovely but if you have the first book you would recognise a lot of the content, particularly from the first section.
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By Chrissy on 30 May 2013
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I have owned this book for 3 weeks now and used it up to 4 times a week. I love the mixture of recipes - easy and then more challenging dishes - all absolutely delicious.
I love the layout, photos, pictures, hints and tips and ratings of each dish.
I can only highly recommend this to anyone that loves to cook good hearty food. It's also a great book to sit down and study giving inspiration for the next dish!
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