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Lucy's Food: Minimum Effort, Maximum Impact! [Paperback]

Lucy Cufflin
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1 Oct 2013
Lucy Cufflin, trained chef and kitchen shortcut queen, brings you an exciting mix of classic and innovative recipes inspired by worldwide regional cooking. Create the perfect meal, whatever the occasion. Lucy has been the chief mentor for hundreds of chalet cooks and has evolved a foolproof 'bible' to ensure every dish can be made to perfection every time. In addition, Lucy provides thousands of tips on ingredients, timing, serving, alternative suggestions for special dietary requirements and the all important way to manage a household budget. Tried, tested and prepared by cooks and chefs in the chalets of France, Austria and North America, these recipes are enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Each dish comes complete with a foolproof recipe, enabling even the most inexperienced cooks to don their aprons and create a culinary masterpiece. Quantities, timings and instructions are clear and simple, making it impossible for even the most novice chef to go wrong! Lucy's Food offers exciting food kept simple, because good cooking needn't be complicated.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1742706614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742706610
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Cufflin has been a professional chef for over 20 years, during which time she has accrued an extensive culinary portfolio. A master of kitchen shortcuts, Lucy has opened her own outlet selling pre-prepared gourmet meals.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbook EVER! 22 Nov 2011
By Katy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is seriously an absolute gem of a cookbook...all the recipes are easy peasy to follow, and the food looks and tastes like you spent hours slaving in the kitchen when in fact no recipe takes long to make at all.

MAJOR plus point is the section by each recipe that tells you how to convert it to be Dairy/Gluten/Nut free, and Lucy also tells you if it can be made ahead of time (by a few hours or a couple of days) and then reheated which I find really helpful.

EVERY recipe I've tried so far has had great feedback from family and friends...absolutely brilliant.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kitchen must-have 12 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
What a refreshing change from all the celebrity cookbooks out there! I was looking for a good, solid, broad-ranging recipe book and this fits the bill perfectly. The author has a lovely chatty style and, with 20+ years of catering, knows her stuff. What is really fantastic is that you can cook many of the recipes ahead and reheat them when you need to. The recipes are very easy to follow (no fancy techniques or ingredients), there is lots of information on how long things will keep for and what to do with any leftovers as well. In my busy household with a hungry family, this book is set to become a firm favourite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a place on the shelf 14 Oct 2012
By Mrs. S.
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I would recommend this book for stress free recipes, with some provios.
Lucy doesn't quite hold your hand like Delia, and although the book is promoted as being fairly easy, I think a very novice cook could end up with problems as some recipes need a fair amount of cooking experience. I have found timings are on the optomistic side - maybe the recipes are tried out in a catering kitchen, whereas my domestic cooker doesn't have quite the same power. Thirdly, on several of the recipes which are "cook ahead" (very useful!), there are not always good instructions about when and how to re-heat ready to serve. It would also be useful if there was a symbol to advise whether the dish can be frozen.

However, I have used several recipes from this book and have been pretty pleased with the results. Good for family cooking and even more useful for parties.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe book 27 Jun 2011
By Gerry
Format:Hardcover
Excellent well thought out easy to read recipe book with alternatives for every recipe to cater for various likes or tastes. Have tried many of the recipes already and have recommended to friends. Great Christmas pressie! Write another Lucy!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!! 15 May 2011
By Clarky
Format:Hardcover
Simply brilliant. Bought this copy as a present having bought our own copy a few weeks ago. Have never used a recipe book so much as this one. Maximum impact with minimum effort really does sum up the recipes. An easy book to follow for all ages. Can't recommend it enough. Thanks Lucy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to try next? 7 Jan 2013
By Milhil
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Bought this on recommendation of a friend who has found this book invaluable in helping her run a chalet in the Alps, providing great food, for discerning clients, within a budget of time and money. I'm glad I followed her advice.
I've had great fun browsing and experimenting with the wide range of dishes which are nicely illustrated. The book offers many shortcuts without compromising quality and encourages healthy eating principles, although there are plenty of fairly indulgent dishes too. Hints on how to save costs and adaptation for special diets are given as well as ideas to enhance the presentation of dishes to "wow" your friends and family.
Everything I've tried so far has been a success - the advice / method is practical and the flavours interesting / delicious. The recipes work!
You will develop a well stocked store cupboard as a broad variety of ingredients (eg: herbs, spices, sauces, nuts, pulses, dried fruit, seeds etc) are used, although if you are already a regular cook, you will probably have a stock of most of the items needed.
If looking for inspiration and practical ideas to create interesting and tasty meals / snacks, this will be a useful and very enjoyable purchase.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite cook book 26 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have far too many cook books, most of which are glossy and pretty to look at, but have a small percentage of recipes that I actually want to cook. Lucy's food is the opposite. There are so many lovely recipes which are easy to follow, and quick and easy to make. It was introduced to me whilst staying at a skiing lodge where the chalet lads used the recipes from Lucy's book and we loved all the food. With a young family, I really dont have the time to fuss about with intricate cooking methods, but this book shows you how to make the most of the food you have, with time & money saving tips along the way. Ive bought this book for several of my friends/family, all of whom have loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Sep 2013
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I think I'm in LOVE - what a fantastic book - brilliant background stuff - often reinforcing previous ideas and folklore - superb recipes AND THEY ALL WORK - just try her Tartiflette - better than anything served up in France!
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Published 1 month ago by reuben ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very good book,so many recipes, I am so glad to have it.
Published 1 month ago by Weary cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic addition to any hosts library
We bought this on a recommendation and we were not disappointed. We have done several meals based on its recipes, all came out so well and impressed our guests. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Davenport
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill cook book!
Does what it says. Clear concise recipies with ideas for alternative ingredients and what 2 serve with each recipe. Just what I wanted.
Published 4 months ago by Frankie Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipe ideas
A great recipe book - exactly what it claims to be - minimum effort and maximum impact. Good looking food without using 2 pages of expensive ingredients along with some easy ways... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Carol M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cookbook Ever
I can't recommend it highly enough. Great recipes and simple to make. I buy a copy for all my friends.
Published 4 months ago by Jill M OMeara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all-rounder
Great book for people nervous about cooking or young people looking to move on from a small number of "safe" easy favourites and begin to be more adventurous in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Baglady
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty food, great for budgets
This is an excellent all-rounder. I love the fact that 3 course menu ideas are proposed, along with what the dish could be accompanied with. Read more
Published 5 months ago by wenga
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!
I collect cookery books & this has been on my wish list for a while. When it failed to appear under the Christmas tree I decided to treat myself anyway. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cook book ever!
Seriously the best cook book ever. Recipes are clear, easy and the best food I have ever cook. Usually I use cook books on the weekend, when I have a little more time, but with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Schenk
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