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Leon: Naturally Fast Food [Hardcover]

Henry Dimbleby , John Vincent
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6 Sep 2010 Leon

'The dream is to bring really good food at a good price to as many people as possible. It makes LEON sound like a new religion. If so, it's one that can count our judges as among its growing congregation of worshippers.' - Observer Food Monthly Awards

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.

Leon Naturally Fast Food is again a book of two halves. The first half is Fast Food, which contains recipes for every occasion that take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare: from a work day breakfast and children's meals to simple suppers and party food. The second half is Slow Fast Food which contains things that can be made in advance when you have time, to enjoy when you don't have time. There is plenty in both halves for both the experienced cook and the culinary adventurer in search of inspiration.

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: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; First Edition edition (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915563
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,359 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splatter marks = love ! 21 Feb 2011
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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big on Novelty/ Gimmicks but Still Great Recipes 10 Sep 2010
By Poppy_B
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
5.0 out of 5 stars earthy and wholesome 4 Sep 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 31 Jan 2011
There are so many delicious recipes, its hard to decide what to make next. The ones that I have made are super easy and quick and they use the same sorts of ingredients so you don't have to go out and buy lots of new stuff every time you try something new.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but parts of Leon 1 repeated 11 Oct 2010
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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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over Substance 30 Jan 2011
By Cathy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first, if not better 4 Sep 2010
By evie
Living in the north, I don't very get to visit Leon very often, so I was really excited at the thought of a new cookbook to expand my range of homecooked Leon dishes. After a rare visit to London last weekend I was hoping for the recipe for green sunshine salad - and yes its in there. The book is split in to two main parts, "fast food" and "slow fast food", the latter section being recipes are still simple to prepare but may take longer to cook, but that cooking time means you can sit down and relax. On flicking it looks like there are more recipes in the second book, I just don't know where to start:- "Coconut Chicken & petit pois curry", "Persian Onion Soup", "Leeks Viniagrette", "carrots & Beetroots with Toasted Almonds" ..... there's even a recipe so you can make your own salami ! Was hoping that the recipe for the leon pecan pie was in there, but I guess I'll have to wait for the third book. Can't wait to get into the kitchen.
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Published 2 months ago by sheena
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book
All the books from Leon are beautifully produced and laid out. Lovely healthy, tasty recipes with lots of photos and quirkiness.
Published 6 months ago by Jocelyn Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love the way these books are designed and all the additional info the add. I'll be buying the other ones
Published 8 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary Cookbook.
I loved the illustrations in this book which has an Italian feel to it.
The recipes are well written and easy to follow which helps when cooking. Read more
Published 9 months ago by winnie12
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of recipes
Sometimes cook books look great but you don't end up finding something accessible to cook. That's not the case with Leon. Read more
Published 9 months ago by adz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lots of helpful tips and wonderful mouth watering recipes featuring smoothies, snacks, and meals for all times of the day
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Patricia M Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon cook book
This was for a present and the recipient liked it very much. The delivery was speedy and the book arrived in good time and in good condition. Very happy
Published 10 months ago by Bernie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
I bought this book as a present for my son-in-law, being an excellent cook he wanted a cook book that was a little out of the normal. He really likes it and uses it often.
Published 13 months ago by Aunteek
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious
If your a fan of the resturants you'll love this book, it contains many of the classic Leon dishes and sauce recipes (including my particular favourite Garlic Aioli). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alleycat89
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