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Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes Paperback – 18 Oct 1993


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (18 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469493
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Slater is one of Britain's most highly regarded food writers. His beautifully written prose, warm personality and unpretentious, easy-to-follow recipes have won him a huge following. He writes an award winning weekly column in the 'Observer' and edits their 'Food Monthly' supplement, and he is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's 'The Magazine'.

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'Designed to appeal to people who love food but don't want to spend hours slaving away at the stove (i.e. nearly everybody in Britain)' Independent on Sunday 'Makes your stomach rumble ! Easily my first choice for a simple, good, workable and readable cookery book' Nigella Lawson, Independent 'Nigel Slater offers us a decade's worth of fresh, original cookery ideas with spoonfuls of wit' Observer

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Nigel Slater is the author of Real Fast Food, Real Fast Puddings, The 30-Minute Cook, Real Good Food, Real Cooking and Nigel Slater's Real Food Which won a Glenfiddich Award. Real Fast Food was shortlisted fir the Andre Simon Award, the 30-Minute Cook was nominated for both the Glenfiddich and Julia Child Awards. In 1995 he won the Glenfiddich Trophy and he has twice won the Cookery Writer of the Year Award as well as being named Media Personality of the Year in the 1996 Good Food Awards. He is Food Correspondent for the Observer and writes a monthly column for Sainsbury's Magazine.

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253 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Moose on 7 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I have always been a good and enthusiastic cook and while I had the luxury of time (read before kids) I would happily spend 2 hours making lasagne or something similar. Now with a family to feed, entertain and maintain, there just is neither the time or the inclination to indulge in long complicated menus.
To find a bit of inspiration for fast but still really good food I was hunting through Amazon. I bought this book on the strength of the reviews and were not disappointed. The book contains a wealth of great recipes and none take long to make and none are particularly compliated (read not too many fancy ingredients). Yet nowhere is taste sacrificed. Really really tasty food.
The book is organised in useful sections, making it easy to flick through and find something suitable for what you have to hand. There are recipes suitable for lunches, snacks, and both light and more substantial dinners. Very user friendly. The writing is as approachable as the recipes.
A must have for anyone who loves food but do not have the time for overelaborate recipes.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Dec. 2002
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I first bought this book a year ago in an attempt to eat healthily whilst doing three jobs at the same time. Since then it has become practically my only cookbook and has coined a new verb amongst my friends - slatering. it is the only word for it - all the recipes in it are practical and easy to make and yes get you out of the ready meal freezer microwave trap. the best by far is the chilli chicken kebabs the most simplest and tasiest recipe for chicken i have ever tasted and one to impress all your friends. just hide the book when they come round or you may never see it again.
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196 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Tomasz Jarymowicz on 13 Jun. 2007
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If you're tired after work or constatly pressed for time but you enjoy good food buy Nigel Slater's book. His recipes are simple and wonderful and you hardly need any cooking experience to achieve good results. Even if these recipes take a little more time to prepare than 30 minutes (it's usually closer to 45 minutes) they're still worth trying. Recipes are divided into particular ingredients which makes it all the easier to use this book. Recipes are followed by 10 or more other ideas you can put to practice using a particular ingredient.

What I also find invaluable is the section dedicated to what ingredients you should always keep handy in your cupboard to be able to prepare a simple dish after a hectic day at work.

His wonderful recipes include delicious chicken with oranges and black olives (ready in exactly 30 minutes), pasta with olive oil and fresh thyme (simple, fast and yet wonderful) and new potato saute with walnut oil.
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524 of 533 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2002
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I was introduced to this book by a friend back in the mid-90s. Since then, it's become my food bible, and I've shared it with my family & have impressed many a friend who's popped in for a mid-week supper. And, like several of the other reviewers, my copy is like the Velveteen Rabbit: pages are stained, stick together, falling apart, and the more it becomes like this, the more loved it is. It is, quite simply, the best cookbook around. It's certainly the only book that we refer to by name: "what does Nigel suggest?" being a common refrain in our kitchen.
Why is this book so perfect?
Well, for one thing, it's fast and nutritious: we work long hours & don't have the time or energy to slave in the kitchen for 2 hours when we get home (I love Delia but that's the problem with her recipes). And as the alternative is a) eating out, b) pulling something out of the freezer, c) pasta (again), or d) hummus & ryvita, this book often proves to be our Monday-Thursday evening road-map. And even when it is pasta again, Nigel has the best suggestions for fast & interesting sauces/toppings.
Second: Nigel's philosophy of cooking is very similar to mine: I make things up based on what's in the fridge anyway. The thing I like about this book is that Nigel's been doing that for longer than me: he has more suggestions, and some really interesting ones. I'm sure he's made mistakes, but they aren't listed in the book, so I can learn from them without making them myself. Nice.
Third: Nigel's a foodie but not a snob. I love the fact that he tells you to eat the very best of things: chocolate with 75% cocoa solids, greek yoghurt etc, but he also includes chip butties. And which of us doesn't secretly want a chip butty occasionally?
Fourth: Nigel's realistic.
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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 1999
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I have this book in my kitchen and it's filthy. The cover is stamped with grease, some pages spattered yellow, some dribbled on and scraped off, sometimes I have to prise them apart. A few years ago I decided I had to change my eating habits, cook a wider variety of dishes, but fit it into my working life, and found a book that promised I could eat good food and spend just 30 minutes a day on the entire exercise. The ethos of Slater's kitchen , namely that you cook things you like, buy fresh ingredients and don't be too precious about sticking to the letter of the recipe has invaded mine. He provides not only recipes you can follow, but recipes you can depart from, which means the act of cooking and eating is now a creative and soothing part of the day that I would find it hard to live without. If you are lost in a forest of ready meals and need a way out, this is perfect.
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