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Modern Classics: Book 2 Paperback – 6 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007149077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007149070
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘If you are anything like me…almost always hungry, almost always pressed for time, almost always in the market for a fresh idea and absolutely always put off by the daunting complexity of chefs’ recipes – Donna Hay is for you.’ R.W. Apple Jr, food critic, New York Times

‘Donna Hay is my inspiration.’ Jamie Oliver

‘Hay’s are those affordable, big, sexy paperbacks, oozing irresistible things…the photography is equally seductive.’ Independent

About the Author

Donna Hay, at just 38, has one of the most impressive CVs in the world of cookbook publishing. Best known previously for the series of four cookbooks she produced for Marie Claire, Donna spent the year 2001 breaking more new and very exciting ground: producing the widely acclaimed cookbook ‘Off the Shelf’ (also by 4th Estate), launching her own magazine title and publishing weekly food columns as a favourite cook the world over.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "sss_2" on 7 April 2004
Format: Paperback
a mix of classics and simple foods to be enjoyed by all with easy cooking, just like Nigella! comfort foods and desserts which are deliecious but lots of new ingredients like almond meal but delicious, especially the blueberry muffins!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 16 Feb. 2015
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Good recipes.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Bound To be A Classic Cookbook 19 Dec. 2002
By rodboomboom - Published on
Format: Paperback
Her interest in providing a modern classic cookbook, basing it on timeless favorites updated sometimes, and some candidates she puts forward as classic contenders is a winner!
A fan of this "down under" chef, this is her best to date. With sections on soups, salads, veggies, roasts and simmers, rice, pasta and noodles, pies and tarts ... there is just a wealth of heavenly food in here.
A new soup that I just had to try was a knockout: Lentil, lemon and yoghurt. There's also big spreads on just how to create some feature recipes,e.g Laksa, a spicy Singapore soup with shrimp paste and singapore spice is a hot, spicy number many will enjoy.
One presentation of a fav dish of mine is Shank Pies, made with lamb shank in a small ramekin, pot pie style. Great idea! This is a show stopper at the table, and not that hard for many to prepare.
This exceptional collection is in nice to use large format with excellent photography by con poulous. This is a definite candidate for giving and/or putting on your cookbook shelf.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Picture Perfect 16 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a cookbook that makes your mouth water. It is an ideal gift, and a book to treasure. Many interesting approaches to classic dishes, lots of ideas, and a number of very simple, straight-forward dishes. You'll use this one! It won't sit on the shelf collecting dust.
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To add to rodboomboom... 16 Jun. 2006
By ---- N. Miller - Published on
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rodboomboom pretty much says all that needs to be said, however being in the design and print industry, I wanted to add some comments about the quality of this book. It's a bit oversized format and may not fit in tighter bookshelves, but I am sure you have a spot for it somewhere. The photography is excellent. Images of tantalizing food, sitting on rustic wire racks and cutting boards and utensils against a white background, which fits with the theme that these are modern versions of classics. The spot varnish on the photography with white backgrounds really makes the food pop off the page. Some of the recipes have a series of smaller photographs which show the process of cooking the food. The design and layout is very clean. This is the first Donna Hay book I have added to my collection, but it won't be the last.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great book :-> 18 Jun. 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic. It's beautifully presented and for some reason, with each of her books, I feel like I can cook like she does. All the recipes look easy (and the ones I've tried are) and they look delicious. Each is tempting and makes you want to get into that kitchen.

After an introduction, there are various chapters; Soup, Salads, Vegetables, Roasts and Simmers, Pasta Noodles and Rice, Pies and Tarts and then Tools. There is a glossary too and conversion charts which can be a great help.

So far I've tried the Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Butter, Baked Chicken and Pumpkin Risotto, Vietnamese Noodle Salad and the Spinach and Fetta Pie. Everything has been so yum and easy to prepare because her instruction is clear and concise.

All of her books are worth taking a look at and in each one there is something delicious for everyone. You would be hard pressed to find that you couldn't make something from one of these amazing recipes. I highly recommend this book. It's great.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Awesome!! 31 May 2004
By DamienB - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic cookbook. My cousin sent it over to me from Sydney, Australia & i love it! I use it all the time - the pad thai is easy & delicious, the three cheese tart was scrumptious and my boyfriend LOVES the egg & bacon tart......yum! She doesn't overuse words making everything confusing, she uses a simple easy to follow text and the pictures make your mouth water. oh i made the french fries this morning for a breakfast treat.....mmmmm!!!!
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