Never before have so many people wanted to cook and experiment with food in their own homes. Worried by the credit crunch, horror stories of excessive salt, fat and sugar in ready meals, the rise in obesity and the questionable source of many foods, home cooks want to get cracking in their own kitchens. The lot of the home cook is a world away from that of the professional chef. We're usually on our own - planner, shopper, table layer, cook, washer-up and of course, host when entertaining. We need to keep it simple and get ahead as much as possible. Getting ahead means less stress, more time to enjoy friends and family and less washing up at the end. Make It Easy is a collection of delicious, easy recipes that can be prepared in advance, making cooking for friends a stress-free and fun experience. Ranging from simple starters to quick suppers to more elaborate meals, all the dishes are contemporary, seasonal and fresh and aim to keep ingredients to a minimum. From chilled cucumber, prawn and mint soup to Parma ham, goat's cheese and pesto parcels to braised steak with mustard and capers, the book is packed with inspirational recipes all of which are explained in a lively and informative way.