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Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food [Hardcover]

Lorraine Pascale
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Book Description

13 Aug 2012

Number One Sunday Times Best Seller.

The nation’s favourite TV chef and cookery author Lorraine Pascale returns with 100 brand new mouth-watering recipes that are wonderfully quick and easy to make and bursting with fresh ingredients.

Lorraine’s third beautiful cookery book is packed with delicious and inspiring meals, each with its own photograph and many having their own individual complementary side dish. The book will be released to coincide with Lorraine’s BBC2 prime time 6-part cookery series.

So whether you want to just grab a spoon and dive in solo to a decadent dessert like Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries, or whether you’re putting together a crowd-pleasing menu of French Onion and Sage Soup with Big Fat Gruyère and Mustard Croutons followed by Moroccan Pesto Fish with Caramelised Onion and Haricot Beans with Minty Pine Nut Couscous for a fun and relaxed evening in with friends without the fuss, Lorraine demonstrates how to effortlessly pull off scrumptious food that is a pleasure to eat.

Make melt-in-the-mouth fish, fragrant curries and hearty soups infused with herbs and spices, whip up naughty desserts, vibrant salads and quick pasta dishes in minutes and create gorgeous juicy steaks with 2012’s queen of cookery.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Aug 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0007489668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489664
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lorraine Pascale first found fame at 16 as a super-model, but felt that food was her first love and decided to train as a chef.

On completing the Leith's Diploma of Food and Wine, Lorraine did a two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and then worked in some of the most renowned kitchens of the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley.

She now owns and runs Ella's Bakehouse cupcakery in Covent Garden, the favoured bakery for the rich and famous. Her client list includes Madonna and Marco Pierre White and her celebration cakes are now available in Selfridges.

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Praise for Home Cooking Made Easy:

“Finally, a chef who cooks real food.” Daily Mail

“She bubbles and oozes warmth and charm, making you want to grab a fork and dive right in to the easy, entertaining lifestyle she embodies”. Style

“No rush, no fuss, just delicious cooking that keeps friends and family entertained.” Red magazine

“Simple, delicious, crowd-pleasing food is bringing Lorraine one step closer to culinary world domination.” Grazia

“Genuinely inspirational” The Lady

About the Author

Lorraine trained at the leading Leiths School of Food and Wine before completing spells in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, but, eager to work for herself and exercise her baking talents Lorraine couldn’t wait to start her own business, The Cupcake Bakehouse in London’s Covent Garden. Wide public attention beckoned after Baking Made Easy, her landmark BBC 2 TV series, introduced millions of viewers to her easy, impressive recipes. The book of the series went on to be a bestseller and was followed up by an even more popular book and series: Home Cooking Made Easy, making Lorraine the most successful debut cookery writer in Britain.

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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Culinary Bible! 17 Aug 2012
I've never been talented enough to pull off fancy, complicated meals and so I tend to make no effort altogether and stick to standard, boring dishes. However, the recipe's in 'Fast, Fresh and Easy Food' are fairly simple and don't take up too much time which is fantastic for dinner parties or even nights in when you fancy something a little more intricate than beans on toast! I love that the book is vibrant and packed with colourful pictures of the finished dishes as it gives me something to aspire to when I'm cooking.

All of the recipes I have cooked so far were imaginative, flavoursome and looked fantastic when presented on a plate - this is a definite thumbs up for me as food presentation is always something I have struggled with! Although I am a keen meat eater, I was particularly impressed with the vegetarian dishes that Lorraine has created. I usually don't feel satisfied unless I've consumed some meat with my dinners but Lorraine's recipes have altered this feeling entirely - I would highly recommend the Butternut & Sweet Potato Lasagne!

For me this book has become something of a culinary bible and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Peasy!! 13 Aug 2012
This book is a nice addition to my cook books and the pictures are beautiful. I am a lazy and want to do things with minimal cooking so I like the way Lorrainne Pascale chooses her ingredients and recipes. The majority of the recipes don't take up too much time. The onion soup is almost good as the little bistros I use to eat in France. I say almost because if you are looking for restaurant quality food this is not the book for you. But if you want simple, healthy, tasty, dishes to impress your friends at dinner parties this is the book for you. Overall I think it is a good cook book but to be completely honest I prefer the more traditional recipes of "Home Cooking Made Easy."
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 16 Aug 2012
By Griff
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This is an excellent book, has a wide range of recipes (vegetarian, meat, fish, desserts, breads & sweets). Has accessible ingredients which you can buy in most supermarkets, lovely photos of the recipes an easy to read and understand. This is a must buy book, loved her other books too but this is my favourite so far!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy 1 Sep 2012
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I purchase lots of cookery books but found this one by far the best. The recipes are easy to follow, great pictures and they use easily accessible ingredients. I have just placed an order for another of Lorraine's books. Highly recommended!
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119 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart cookie, smart cookbook - but... 24 Aug 2012
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Just what I need - another cookery book. I have, like, gazillions. But having been completely won over by Ms Pascale on her tv shows, I decided it was time to actually invest in one of her cookbooks.

First of all, let me say that it is a lovely book, beautifully produced on glossy, heavyweight paper (unfortunately, some of the pages in my copy are creased but no matter).

Secondly, I would like to praise the exemplary way in which the recipes are laid out: clear, concise, excellent typography. Other cookbook publishers please take note and also, please see my review of Tessa Kiros's Greek cookbook which has the worst recipe typography I think I have ever seen. Food From Many Greek Kitchens

Thirdly, many of the recipes appeal to me and I think will appeal to lots of people. Plenty of modern stuff, several with chicken and fish, as well as some traditional dishes with a twist - something I particularly like to see.

So far, so good.

However, I do have a few buts about this book.

But #1: The photography is decidedly average with none of the verve and "make-me appeal" of the tv programme. Ms Pascale is ill-served by her publishers here; check out the Waitrose monthly food mag, Lorraine - that's the kind of "must-make-this" quality of photography you need - and deserve!

But #2: I haven't actually made any of the dishes yet - the book only arrived today! But looking at the length of time that is given to prepare some of these dishes, I would say the timings are unrealistic; it would take me the said 30 mins, or whatever, just to find all the various ingredients in the cupboard! NOW UPDATED, PLEASE SEE BELOW.

But #3: Where's the street food?
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 14 Sep 2012
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I bought Lorraine Pascale's book after making the let them eat cake cake (malteser cake)for my husbands birthday. It worked out brilliantly and wasn't that difficult. So much so my daughter in law thought I'd bought it from a shop!! I have made quite a few of the recipes to date and can recommend the limoncello jellies and the chicken tikka curry. The illustrations in the book are excellent and the instructions clear and easy to follow. I would recommend the book to anyone, and you don't need to be a cordon bleu cook to produce delicious meals.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and delicious 13 Aug 2012
By D.G.
Lorraine Pascal has made a name for herself presenting recipes that are tasty, attractive on the plate and accessible. This is not some three star chef preparing lobster terrine in ways that make the average home chef pull their hair out in exasperation. Her cooking is appealing because it is within the reach of people who won't be producing intricate food that requires the dedication of a surgeon to get right.

That's why I like this book. The recipes I've tried so far work perfectly and they don't either cost the earth or take vast amounts of time. Her presentation tips are another appealing factor - she makes it very easy to put gorgeous looking plates together. The desserts in particular are well thought out - not surprising for someone who first made her culinary name in that area.

All told this is an attractive and useful book. I would strongly advise the enthusiastic home cook to look at it.

The best surprise I've had from Amazon recently was an impulse buy - the hilarious Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys. An unexpected delight - very funny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars book
This book is easy to follow and has some lovely menus for cooking for friends - also the recipes in colour in the book are very appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YAMI!!!
A wonderful book. The recipies are easy to follow. The letters of the introduction of how long the preparation etc. Read more
Published 6 days ago by rachel mirski
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant buy for busy people !
Brilliant ideas & perfect for quick, tasty food! Don't think I have cooked one recipe from it have not been happy with so far.
Published 6 days ago by joanne flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook, fast and tasty food
This is a great cookbook, with some dishes that have quickly become staples in our house. The chicken tikka masala and Sri Lankan coconut chicken are both sublime, the Thai beef... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes
As a fan of Lorraine's recipes I was very pleased with this book, some recipes I will not make but others set to become firm favourites.
Published 17 days ago by TJ Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars cook book
Great collection of recipes, clear and easy to follow. Lorraine has made a great cookbook, good choice as a present or treat yourself and enjoy your efforts. Great.
Published 23 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
I bought this cookery book as a Christmas present for my sons partner she is very pleased with it and really likes Lorraine Pascal's Cookery Programmes on TV.
Published 1 month ago by M. Sotheran
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Recipes
it is good but I did notice a little cross over on recipes with some of her other books that I have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carla Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, my favourite TV Cook
A brilliant book to go with the brilliant series from Lorraine. I'm very pleased this came out as I really enjoyed the TV series and was glad to have the recipes for reference! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Mark Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...as always :)
I have bought other books by Lorraine Pascale as they are easy to follow and the meals simple to prepare and tasty. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Velma
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