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Prepped!: Gorgeous Food without the Slog - a Multi-tasking Masterpiece for Time-short Foodies [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Vanessa Kimbell
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Book Description

27 May 2011
Spontaneous parties, unstructured suppers, impromptu invitations, unexpected guests at any time of the day - welcome to Prepped!, a new, time-saving, inspirational and delicious way of cooking.

Vanessa Kimbell takes a selection of fabulous flavours and creates a basic 'wardrobe' of go-anywhere dishes.

By linking your recipes you can produce delicious food in less time, and by layering a selection of signature flavours you can transform your everyday cooking into something special.

Prepped! Stunning food that makes an enviable statement about your lifestyle.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Hill (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862566
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a kitchen life saver! Jason Atherton

A book full to the brim with stunning ideas and flavours. A fabulous collection of recipes that magically intertwine. Ruth Clemens www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk

Prepped! is a brilliant book for the modern mother as it gives you loads of time-saving ideas and really wonderful recipes. Heidi Wallace

Always short of time, but with a passion for good food and plenty of it, I was delighted and hugely excited to find Vanessa's stunning book that multitasks cooking. It appears that Prepped! was written just for me. Laura Tenison, Founder & MD JoJo Maman Bebe

Great ingredients, proper food, but with the odd short-cut and doubling up of recipes to help you on your way. Vanessa calls it linked cooking. www.englishmum.com

It's time to make way for the new kitchen genie Vanessa. Having it all isn't magic ... it's about being ahead of the game, and Prepped! is the answer to how I can fit in cooking fabulous food for my family & friends easily, whilst running one of the UK's most creative chocolate establishments. Chantal Coady of Rococo Chocolates --.

About the Author

Vanessa Kimbell knows how to squeeze in all the delicious things in life, along with three children and a demanding job. As a trained chef she has developed a unique way of cooking to fit in spontaneous suppers, impromptu dinner parties and fabulous picnics. Now a food columnist with her own BBC radio food show, she shares her smart, instinctive way of cooking that makes the most of your time in the kitchen. www.prepped.co.uk


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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Deliciously Stunningly Prepped 27 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Prepped is a fantastic new concept - make double of a recipe or component and use it in another dish, for example a soup base also becomes a pie filling. Every recipe is linked to another.

This linked cooking allows you to save time and to produce wonderful food with far less effort. Being a busy mother of 3 with a demanding job Vanessa started to link her cooking and then realised it would be an excellent concept for a book and so gave up her job to write Prepped.

Vanessa is a trained chef with an alchemist's skill for mixing basic flavours into something heavenly. The book is visually stunning, with over 200 colour photos with a full page photo for each recipe. Each recipe is introduced by Vanessa, her words of passion and enthusiasm spill off the page enticing you to make the dish immediately. Most recipes come with some of Vanessa's tips, which help you on your way, vary the dish or save even more time. the one overriding word to describe this book is "happy", everything is a celebration, from the pink cover, photos, flavours and Vanessa's words. This is a book for people who love to cook, love food, love to eat and enjoy life.

The book is organised into 11 chapters by flavours which are loosely listed seasonally, starting off with elderflower of late spring, moving to rhubarb, lavender and lemon. Summer is packed with vanilla, tomato & plum. Then autumn and winter are represented with caraway, chocolate, cardamom and orange & clove.

The elderflower chapter starts with a recipe for homemade syrup which is then used in cocktails, salad dressing, puddings, a stunning baked trout, macarons and cupcakes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes for foodies in a hurry 26 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
Who is it for?

People who adore cooking and fine ingredients but don't have as much time as they'd like to faff about in the kitchen. I think it'll go down well with the Waitrose crowd. It's for foodies who love to be adventurous with flavour combos and impress their dinner guests with their culinary masterpieces. Ordinary cooking this `aint!

It's clear from reading this book that Vanessa knows a lot about flavours and uses her favourite ones to order the recipes. From the floral Elderflower and Lavender, to the fruity Lemon and Plum, spicy Cardamom and ever essential Chocolate - there's something for everyone's tastes and probably a whole heap of stuff you've never tried.

A lot of the sections start with making a basic carrier for the flavour like a sugar, jam or syrup which will then be used in the other recipes. So you're investing some time to make these elements, but then reap the benefits another time. The truly time-pushed cook probably won't have the patience for this, but if you love making your own jams and cordials then this is the book for you!

Easy to follow?

Vanessa writes in an enthusiastic style that's really infectious - you really want to try her recipes. The instructions are clearly laid out, she signposts all the linked recipes and gives suggestions of other ingredients or combinations you could use.

Family friendly?

I would say the food has a very sophisticated feel suited to grown-up dinner party cooking, but saying that there are a lot of recipes that would make lovely simple family meals like Tomato and Garlic Pasta. Tempting bake Chocolate and Vanilla Whoopie Pies would make a lovely tea party treat for kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, intelligent, useful. 26 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
The story of how Prepped came to be written is as interesting as the book itself. In May 2010 Vanessa Kimbell was talking to a friend who described the difficulties of trying to juggle working for a living, being a parent and putting a good meal on the table after a long day, asking Vanessa how she made it all seem so effortless. The following week, finding herself in a bookshop, Vanessa scoured the shelves for a cookbook that would meet the needs of her time-short foodie friend, which did not just offer fast recipes, but intelligent cooking solutions and versatile recipe links. None could be found, and the germ of this idea remained in her head.

Multi-tasking, juggling and inventiveness are all part of the daily requirements of most cooks, so Vanessa decided that she would fill this gap. She embarked on a year long project to write a cook book that focussed on layered and linked recipes that would enable anyone and everyone to cook great dishes, but with fewer pots and pans and therefore washing up. The structure for "Prepped!", the multi-tasking bible for the time-short foodie cook, was born.

So the creamy chocolate ganache which she used to make truffles was divided into two and with the second half of the recipe a chocolate, orange and cardamom gelato was squirrelled away in the freezer. Out of a plain custard used for one recipe, another portion of the same recipe was used to make an orange and clove trifle. Elderflower syrups were transformed into sorbets on the one side, for the childrens' party, but could also be used for the grown ups' cocktails once the children were in bed. From the beef stew came the mix that went to make the beef patties. Twice the number of meals were created for only half the effort.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It is ok, but the recipies did not really attract me
I have purchased this book a year ago. It is ok, new things to learn - average presentation. This is the only book that did not make me get in the kitchen & cook everything. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eleni
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought 'Prepped' on the basis of the great reviews that it has received on Amazon. I also love the concept of the book, taking some basic cooking 'themes' and adapting them to a... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Sea Breeze
5.0 out of 5 stars A trusted friend in the kitchen
I bought this book for my wife and she commented:

"Vanessa Kimbell radiate warmth and friendliness in her writing. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by ianmac55
4.0 out of 5 stars For the time-short goddess on a budget
Vanessa Kimbell packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus... well not quite, she packed in her former corporate life and put her earlier acquired cheffing skills to good use... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by SL Trivuncic
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and delicious dishes with great flavours
Prepped is divided into flavours: lemon, chocolate, vanilla, elderflower, tomato and caraway to mention a few. Each section has both savoury and sweet recipes. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepped: An inspiring cookery book
I have a huge collection of cookery books. Several hundred in fact. My shelves are heaving and they are stacked up in piles on the floor where I have run out of room to store them. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by London GF Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Felt More Prepped & Ready to Cook!
I've Never Felt More Prepped & Ready to Cook!..
Quite Literally, Vanessa Kimbell is a Marvel! A Foodgetive in the Kitchen.. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Sarah Jp
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepped for Prepped!
with its simply stunning photography and clear, clever recipes, you will be blown away by Prepped. Such an obvious but excellent concept, lord knows why this hasn't been written... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Belleau Kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fuss Free Cooking for the Time Short Foodie
In Prepped! no extra work is required, as with other cookery books - Vanessa's way of cooking means I have very little washing up, no wasted ingredients to lurk at the back of the... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Prepped!
Vanessa Kimbell's Prepped! is clever, yummy mummy fodder. Her rather brilliant premise is that if you cook a certain dish, double the quantities and use half for another dish. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Philip Dundas
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