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Rachel's Food for Living [Hardcover]

Rachel Allen
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3 Sep 2007

Bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen is back with a celebration of favourite foods for making memories.

Ever feel rapture over a pudding? Fall in love over a romantic meal? Can you remember the smell of baking in your grandmother's kitchen? Food has the power to conjure up many emotions – it can make us feel happy or energetic, nostalgic or loved. Cooking and enjoying great food with others is part of how we relish life and in her new book, Rachel Allen provides the mouth-watering recipes to help you do just that.

Rachel explores the foods that stir these wonderful feelings. She provides inspiring and easy-to-achieve suggestions for all kinds of occasions whether you want to make an indulgent celebratory meal for someone special, create memories with your kids, or need a little healthy boost…or a sneaky treat! This is the food that will make you smile.

Rachel's Food for Living includes over 100 new recipes such as Greek Lamb, Onion and Butter Bean Stew; Korean Beef with Avocado Rice; Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Soup; Little Mocha Kisses.

Contents include:

1 Food for the soul
2 Childhood favourites
3 Making memories
4 Something to celebrate
5 The Lazy Sunday
6 An elegant afternoon
7 Pleasure without the guilt
8 Food for romance
9 For the love of chocolate
10 Classic dishes

Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000725931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259311
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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Amazon Review

It's a jungle out there. With the number of TV chefs vying for our attention (along with all their attendant books), we really need to hack our way through the foliage to discover those worthy of our attention. With Rachel's Food for Living, Rachel Allen moves effortlessly to the top of the pile, and this book (which accompanies a 13-part BBC prime-time series) does full justice to its video version. What distinguishes Rachel Allen from so many other chefs is the way in which she appreciates that food must be integrated into our lives, rather than just being fuel or a way of showing off our culinary skills. As Allen points out, food can be restorative, nurturing and emotionally fulfilling, even apart from its tastiness. As she reminds us, the ritual of eating may be formalised or spontaneous, and the appreciation of the way in which we can approach food in different ways is very much at the heart of Rachel’s Food for Living

But if all of the above sounds a little forbidding, it should be noted that the book here functions admirably as a guide to the best available food -- and leaving aside any philosophical underpinnings, there are over 100 delicious recipes included here, from Perfect Lamb Stew and Chicken with Lemon and Honey to Banana and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding. The recipes are presented in as user-friendly a fashion as possible, with full-page illustrations showing us just what we can aspire to in our own kitchens. When Allen says this book is filled with foods which have special meaning for her, her family and friends, it makes clear the personal nature of the recipes on offer here. But (in the end) such things don’t matter: on a strictly utilitarian level, Rachel’s Food for Living really delivers the goods. --Barry Forshaw


"A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable" – Sunday Times

"Food for real people" – Irish Examiner

‘If you haven’t heard of Rachel Allen, you will soon. Ireland’s blond and beautiful equivalent of Nigella Lawson…is taking her place on the international culinary scene with her everyday food that focuses on simple suppers and divine puddings.’ – Daily Mail YOU Magazine

‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post

‘…an obvious addition to the best-loved and most-used category of cookbook’ – Sunday Tribune

‘She's back, to make us green with envy as we drool over her house, her children, her clothes, her industrious lifestyle, and her food, too, of course.’ - The Irish Times Magazine

‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious and love this book.’ Delicious Magazine

‘Rachel’s passion for her subject is infectious.’ Somerfield Magazine

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy recipes for every occasion 14 Aug 2008
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As always with Rachel's books, the recipes are easy to follow and turn out the way you expect them to - so you get great results with a minimum of fuss. There is something for every occasion in this book, as the chapter titles show: "Food for the Soul", "Childhood Favourites", "Making Memories", "Something to Celebrate", "The Lazy Sunday", "An Elegant Afternoon", Pleasure Without the Guilt", "Food for Romance", "For the Love of Chocolate" and "Classic Dishes". I tried the "White Chocolate Buns" and they were dead easy to make, I even managed to whip them up before going to work, something I normally wouldn't be able to do, since I'm not exactly a member of the rise and shine party. They tasted great (funnily like macaroons - very yummy and a bit sticky) and disappeared really quickly once my colleagues tasted them. I can only recommend this book, especially if you're looking for something to make the whole family happy. Since it is beautifully laid out (with an added pink ribbon to mark your page) it also makes a nice present.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable 11 Mar 2008
I now own two of Rachel Allen's books and have tried many of the recipes from each (Food for Living & Food for Friends), they have worked every time and are very reliable and easy to make. At last a 'proper' cookbook and Rachel seems to be a very likeable person - well done.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the Soul 12 Sep 2007
Marcel Proust may have explored the effects of a Madeleine cake on the memory but Rachel Allen's recipes for `Dad's Brown Bread' and `Rhubarb and Custard Tart' are equally capable of evoking all those memories of Sunday-teas gone by whilst expanding your practical cooking skills.

With chapters that offer great recipes from childhood, meals for celebrations and even food for romance, Rachel Allen invites readers to cook dishes which are (or soon will be) part of the fabric of life. Grown-up Pavlova and rich buttered lobster recipes sit surprisingly well alongside the simple joys of cheesy pasta bake. Each section is beautifully illustrated with stunning family-centric photography and the recipes are easy to follow - encouraging household participation in cooking (although readers may find it difficult to share any of the goodies that are the result of the chapter entitled `For the Love of Chocolate').

Wholesome without being preachy and sweet without being sickly, Rachel Allen's Food for Living is quaint food philosophy with a kick and the perfect book to add to your kitchen shelf.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely invaluable! 23 Feb 2008
this is such a fab recipe book! i got it for xmas and i use it alot. so far have made the spanish chorizo (used veggie sausage instead) and chickpea soup, blue cheese potato and leek soup (which is so gorgeous), heart shaped toast with egg and the cheesy soda bread, and some of the smoothies! they all turned out really well. i can't wait to make so many different things and next on my list is the chocolate and banana bread and butter pud! the book is written in such a simple and lovely way and is not pretencious atall. it also has great illustrations and feels very good quality. i particularly like the different sections such as food for the soul and the lazy sundays section, as there is something for any occasion. i would DEFINITELY recommend this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A lot of the recipes can be got from the web but for the pictures and the recipes themselves buy yourself the book (or better still, buy for he/she who lurks in the kitchen area). The chocolate brownie recipe is a personal favourite featuring their inspired use of raspberries and (as they keep for ages) you don't really have to share them with anyone else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple, delicious recipes 5 Feb 2009
I have now made 4 recipes from this book in the space of a month. The fact that it is themed by mood and has great pictures has meant that it has been v. easy to use. Ingredients lists are relatively straight forward, as are the cooking instructions. V. easy to use and to find something that suits the occasion.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book full of Real Food 21 Sep 2007
I was so excited to see Rachel Allen has published another cookbook!
It's a beautiful book, full of lovely colourful photos and most of the recipes are things I will actually use.

She's always great on Saturday Kitchen so I made sure to watch her new show and I love it - she's very easy to watch and her accent is lovely to listen to. It's refreshing that there are no pointless self-obsessed innuendos like Nigella or tired cliches like Gordon and Jamie. I get the impression she's just a real woman with a real family and real clothes who likes really good food!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars recipe I tried did not work 1 Nov 2011
By hav
I really like Rachel Allen recipes, I find them tasty and easy to make. She is my favorite chef.
This book however was a disappointment. Did not like the way the index was organized, and one of the recipes I tried did not work at all page 193 Torta di cappuccino. It probably had the wrong amounts. I looked it up on the internet and unfortunately found out that other people had the same problem with this particular recipe. Pitty!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice selection of recipes.
Published 1 month ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Rachel Allen
Another good book by Rachel Allen. The recipes are not fussy easy to follow and very enjoyable to eat yum!
Published 5 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars irish and continental
this book contains my favourite roast lamb recipe which i hav ecooked around 30 times. Thank you Rachel! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diana Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cookbook ever!!
Okay so I've just moved to university and although this is not a student cookbook I wanted my own copy of the food stained cook book my mum and me use at home. Read more
Published 10 months ago by this-is
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it
Amazing tasty recepies like other Rachel books.some very good recepies.i love Rachel's books and her cooking style.i 've all of her books.she will never disappoint you.
Published 13 months ago by fifa
4.0 out of 5 stars yummy
Some great recipes I have tried 3 so far, although the book has a rather confusing layout. Was sent well packed and in great condition.
Published 16 months ago by susan p
5.0 out of 5 stars birthday gift
Excellent book, bought it for a friend as I already have a copy. Lovely recipes and not difficult to make.
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by J. L. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooh lovely jubley
I love Rachel Allen, she's a fab chef and has some lovely ideas.
I love her book style too, she plans meals out for you and ideas and puts them together for different types of... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by LaLaLottieR
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and ingredients
What a disappointment, and that's putting it mildly! The recipes were tasteless, and a BIG let down. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by DaBoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable recipes
I absolutely love Rachel Allen, I now have five of her books and cook from them constantly, they are full of reliable recipes that never go wrong, the timings are always exact, and... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by Mrs. NJ Dwyer
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