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The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need: 4 Ways to Cook Almost Everything [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Tony Turnbull
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23 May 2013
Despite the plethora of cookbooks and cookery programmes encouraging us to try new recipes and ways of cooking, most people's everyday cooking revolves around staple ingredients and dishes that are tasty and simple - and they often feel the need for new and original ideas. The Only Recipes You ll Ever Need: 4 Ways to Cook Almost Anything is a superb collection of over 250 recipes comprising four recipes for each ingredient or style of dish that will provide fresh inspiration for your kitchen staples.

This concept - first featured in Tony Turnbull s column The Only 4 Recipes You ll Ever Need from The Times Saturday magazine - is now showcased in this new book. A store cupboard staple such as canned sweetcorn can be turned into fritters, chowder, a salad with feta or a risotto cake. Chicken thighs can be cooked with ginger and soy, honey and mustard, lemon and garlic, or sesame and chilli.

This book will rejuvenate your repertoire and provide inspiration for any home cook who feels short on new ideas.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849492867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849492867
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Some recipe books we love for their beautiful photography, some for their inventiveness, or outlandishness, or ability to evoke a different continent with a single ingredient. And some books become kitchen heroes because when it's a wet Wednesday and you just can't make the same risotto again, you need some easy inspiration. If that sounds familiar, Tony Turnbull's The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need, based on his popular Times column, is an absolute must.' --Psychologies, June 2013

'If you've ever stared at the same boring old ingredients in the fridge on a weeknight and wondered what on earth to do with them, then The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need is for you. Food editor of The Times, Tony Turnbull, has compiled four super-simple recipes each for lots of common ingredients, from meat, fish and pasta.' --Zest, June 2013

'Rustling up something new shouldn't involve lists of expensive ingredients. This recipe book, the concept of which originated from Turnbull's food column in The Times Magazine, uses favourites like sweetcorn, chicken thighs and crumble toppings and creates four fantastic ways to use these core ingredients. You won't have to face food groundhog day ever again!' --Top Sante, July 2013

'It's a must-buy for anyone who frequently finds themselves staring at the same old ingredients in the fridge on a weeknight, wondering what on earth to do with them. The recipes are simple but inspiring, and make use of items you're likely to already have in the store-cupboard.' --Great British Food Magazine, July 2013

'A collection of everyday ideas which redefines the term 'no-nonsense'...Because of the format, the recipes are a model of simplicity, clarity and restraint, with limited ingredients and some of the instructions extending to no more than two sentences. It's the culinary equivalent of a sustained spell of medium-paced bowling: a brisk run-up followed by an unerring delivery, with the occasional bit of movement, but hitting line and length almost every time. This welcome and practical addition to the kitchen bookshelf deserves to be well-thumbed, preferably ending up with four different types of pasta sauce stain on the cover.' --Book of the Week, The Daily Mail, 9th June 2013

'A collection of everyday ideas which redefines the term 'no-nonsense'...Because of the format, the recipes are a model of simplicity, clarity and restraint, with limited ingredients and some of the instructions extending to no more than two sentences. It's the culinary equivalent of a sustained spell of medium-paced bowling: a brisk run-up followed by an unerring delivery, with the occasional bit of movement, but hitting line and length almost every time. This welcome and practical addition to the kitchen bookshelf deserves to be well-thumbed, preferably ending up with four different types of pasta sauce stain on the cover.' --Book of the Week, The Daily Mail, 9th June 2013

'It's a must-buy for anyone who frequently finds themselves staring at the same old ingredients in the fridge on a weeknight, wondering what on earth to do with them. The recipes are simple but inspiring, and make use of items you're likely to already have in the store-cupboard.' --Great British Food Magazine, July 2013

About the Author

Tony Turnbull is the Food and Drink Editor of The Times. He's a father of three children and does all the cooking at home. He has collaborated with Gordon Ramsay on two cookery books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Approach to Get You Thinking 5 Aug 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Reviewing most cook books tends to follow a pattern - are the recipes appealing, is the methodology easy to follow and does it make sense, are the ingredients easily obtainable etc. Hence it is like a breath of fresh air to come across a cook book with such a different approach. The whole object of the exercise here is to make you look again at every day and sometimes fairly mundane dishes to knock you out of your comfortable rut and to make them more innovative and exciting.

An example would be salmon. Chances are that most of us have our standard way of approaching a cut of salmon which probably involves baking or similar, and we do not tend to stray far from this. However, here we have four other ways of looking at such a simple dish - Asian, Italian, English and Indian salmon. Each of these is quite different and each looks delicious. All of the recipes in this book are notable for their ease and I really did not come across anything that a reasonably competent chef, or for most of them, even a complete amateur should not be able to tackle.

Some of the items looked at are really quite basic. In our household I normally tackle breakfast and omelettes or scrambled egg are fairly standard offerings. However this book again provides variations on the theme to make these simple dishes a little different. Not only do you want to try these new ideas, but they also prompt you to think for yourself and perhaps try your own variations. Sometimes one tends to forget that recipes are not cast in stone and a little innovation is worth attempting.

The range of this book extends to starters, main courses, desserts and even cocktails. In my view this is a great addition to any bookshelf of cookery books and one which is sure to get you thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 30 July 2013
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I thought this book was fantastic.

It is bright and colourful and really well laid out.

Every page is a different ingredient and the page is split into 4 squares and each of them has a different recipe with a picture of that recipe.

Just brilliant, anybody can pick it up and have a go, from kids to adults.

The recipes are easy to follow and i love the layout.

My favourite cookbook so far, and believe me i have plenty.

Thankyou..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a different approach to recipes 20 Sep 2013
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I really like this book. I have seen Tony Turnball's recipes each week in The Times and some I have cut out and kept, so I knew what to expect from this book.

Each page gives four variations on recipes/ ingredients and simple basic methods of how to cook them. So, for instance, next time I stare at the pork chops and wonder what I can do to make them more interesting I can turn to this book for four alternative simple ideas! I have lots of cookery books, but I know that I will use this one more than most and I'm going to buy a copy for my son.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice recipes... 29 Aug 2013
By Me read TOP 500 REVIEWER
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In theory this could be a great book. Pick a main ingredient and there will be 4 ways to prepare it. That's what I thought I was going to get with this but that's not really what it's about. Some of the recipies follow that route but a lot of the time it's quite basic differences and seems a bit 'cheaty' to me. For example - 4 ways to cook duck breasts 1) make a cherry sauce to go over it, 2) make a honey and ginger sauce to go over it, 3) make a madeira sauce to go over it, 4) make an orange sauce to go over it. They're all nice recipes but it's not really 4 ways to cook duck breast, it's 4 sauces. Not all of it is so basic, some of the recipes are really nice and we've tried out several of them. None of them are overly taxing or exciting though as there are 4 per page so the space given over to each is fairly small, along with a photo of the finished dish.

It's a nice book and I was able to pick out a few nice dishes to try out that I haven't tried before but it mostly involved making things the normal way and adding a different accompaniment each time to slightly alter the dish.

It says it's the only cookbook you'll ever need but it really isn't. However, if you're like me and collect cookbooks then it's worth having in your collection for the few unusual dishes given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, easy simple recipes. 3 Jan 2014
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I chose 5 stars for this product as it is so easy to use, with clear recipes for so many foods that we may have already in our fridge, and with a few simple extra ingredients added, a new and tasty dish is made. Light and easy to handle. Throwing out all my heavy recipe books to a charity shop - they take up space and are too complicated to follow most of the time. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the novice chef 15 Nov 2013
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I bought this for my friend who at the age of 33 has just started to learn to cook. He loves it as the many choices of style per key ingredient are simple to follow and taste great. Strongly recommended for the novice chef
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4.0 out of 5 stars tasty treats 23 Sep 2013
By S. Hammond VINE VOICE
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I really liked this book.

its clear, well laid out, colourful, and printed on decent quality paper.

Each page is based on a different food item, and divided into 4 sections, giving you 4 different ways of cooking the said food item, theres pictures of the dishes, and easy to follow instructions

its easy enough for anyone to understand, kids included, and theres going to be all kinds of ideas this book will give you to create yourself something tasty to eat.

recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
it does exactly what it says on the cover. a very useful addition to any kitchen library. Very handy for students.
Published 6 months ago by wirral boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book
just the book to have to hand when you are a little lost for inspiration and you know what is in the fridge...
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Recipes You'll ever need:-
Excellent service - arrived promptly and well packed - excellent. The book is a really good cookery book and is, literally, the only one you would need!
Published 7 months ago by rosemary belcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite live up to its title for me
I'm a fan of cookery books not only as tools, but as reading materials too. Whilst this one is pretty good as a source of daily inspiration (provided you already know how to cook,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bee of Good Cheer
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
The first thing that hits me about the book is how dated it is. Both the layout and photography style look like something from the 1980s, or one of those menus in a holiday resort... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dinah85
4.0 out of 5 stars An original premise (I think!)
Times columnist Tony Turnbull has produced a fresh and original cookery book that offers four recipes from each of a number of different groups of main ingredients. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. J. Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Now I can dispose of my hoarded pages from the Saturday Times magazine! Whilst it's probably not the only recipes you'll ever need, it is really good at providing 4 different... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pompom
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
An unusual take on a cook book, I enjoyed this. Realistically I don't know how much I'll cook from it, but it is one of those books which is a great joy to read, and definitely... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicolette Laurence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for ideas
I don't think this book really lives up to its title, they aren't the only recipes you'll ever need. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alison
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