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Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes [Paperback]

Nigel Slater
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18 Oct 1993
Nigel Slater presents over 350 creative, delicious and nourishing recipes and suggestions for those who'd rather spend more of their time eating than cooking. From simple snacks to dinner-party desserts, all the dishes in "Real Fast Food" can be ready to eat in 30 minutes or under.

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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: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,224 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

About the Author

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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246 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading reviews does work 7 Sep 2005
By Moose
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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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slatering 9 Dec 2002
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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191 of 193 people found the following review helpful
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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519 of 527 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 2 Feb 2008
For the past few years I've found myself cooking the same sorts of dishes, spending a couple of hours in the kitchen, making something that would last a few nights. But they weren't particularly exciting; not the 10th time around, at least. The odd take-away or pre-packed meal got me through the end of the week when I was too tired to cook.

A friend bought me Real Fast Food a month ago. What can I say? This is transforming my cooking. Truly inspirational. Without a doubt the best and most practical cook book I own. I can't recommend it enough.

The book has a great "store cupboard list" of ingredients that will help ensure you are always able to make something that hits the spot - tasty, varied and and quick dishes that never fail to delight. People have called Nigel Slater a genius, and the more I use this book, the more I think they are right. I can understand why other reviewers say that their copies are dog-eared and greasy - it doesn't leave my kitchen bench, either. Add to basket.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Lovely and many economical recipes but not quite as good as
some other Slater books. But really good
when in a hurry.
Published 12 days ago by bernadette watts
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like about nigel Slater?
I've always liked Nigel Slater for his ease of putting together a meal, choosing ingredients "you just have left in the fridge or pantry" etc. Read more
Published 24 days ago by A. M. Fifield
4.0 out of 5 stars Expecting pictures or sketches.
Slightly disappointed there were no pictures or photos but as a reference book this is excellent with detailed instructions and hints.
Published 1 month ago by Laurena Elizabeth Rogers Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift and I have had no adverse comments from the recipients, so I am assuming it is OK.
Published 1 month ago by Nordic crime fan
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite cook book
Fast food under 30 mins, recipes for 2. Does what it says on the cover. Recommended for everyone who cooks.
Published 1 month ago by L Gane
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Meals from the Storecupboard
Nigel Slater's book is really useful as it gives all sorts of recipes using everyday items, and a few that you might have to shop for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lakesaver
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage
a book full of small writing and porous pages like blotting paper - stupid in a kitchen
not a photo in sight
awful, I was a shamed when the recipient... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kay Fern
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Recipes
Love Nigel Slater's recipes and there are some nice ones in here but would have liked more pictures next time please Nigel.
Published 2 months ago by Pauline Churcher
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what it says on the cover
Great compact cookbook with very very tasty simple stuff in it.
The book itsself could be a bit more sturdy to survive being used so often!
Published 2 months ago by Calum
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater
This was a second hand book so the cost was kept low - however am a bit disappointed with the contents and am glad I did not buy it as the new price.
Published 2 months ago by trixie
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