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River Cafe Cookbook Easy [Hardcover]

Rose Gray , Ruth Rogers
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14 April 2003
Knowing that people lead busy and demanding lives, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers have made their innovative recipes even more accessible to those who love good food but have little time to prepare it. Recognising that the key to quick cooking is often in the ease of buying the ingredients, the recipes highlight the fresh produce you will need to shop for as well as the ingredients that are store cupboard essentials. Ruth and Rose then take you through simplified steps to cook great dishes that are bursting with flavour and style. To complement this new concept, the book has a fresh, dynamic design and superb photographs that will delight both new and established fans. Like River Cafe 'graduates' - most famously Jamie Oliver - you can learn the secrets of cooking fabulous food, but now it's even easier. (2002-10-18)

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First edition (14 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091884640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091884642
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.8 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The celebrated authors of River Café Cookbook Easy, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, have combined their wonderfully fresh approach to modern and classic Italian food with a sharp eye on the huge market of time-poor gourmands.

It's not overstating it to say that the authors' River Café was at the vanguard of the foodie revolution. However, for many people, this revolution has been more aspirational than achievable, as the punters turned on by radicchio and rocket are the very same ones who may have the least time to try recipes out--never mind trying to source specialist ingredients, fiddling with truffles or building their own wood-burning oven. River Café Easy is a boon with easy-to-follow and easy-to-make recipes presented clearly and attractively, each beginning with a shopping list. Kicking off with bruschetta, each combination of gnaw-inspiring ingredients arranged on toasted slabs of Italian bread is shot from above to form a space-saving yet clear menu mosaic with presentation suggestions. Pasta is divided up into Spaghetti, Short Pasta and Tagliatelle to show how each suits a different type of sauce from the simple cucina rustica of garlic, chilli, parsley and the omnipresent extra virgin olive oil or butter, parmesan and pecorino tossed with spaghetti, to more robust ingredients of tomatoes, seafood and sausage that nestle in the hollows of short pasta, to the richer cream-based sauces holding figs and chilli or dried porcini and sage to thick ribbons of tagliatelle. Cooking processes for meat, seafood and game dishes are simple yet sophisticated and many are ideal for barbeques, family meals and dinner parties as well as being easily scaled down for singles or couples who want to brave a step away from microwave meals. As expected from this source, the cakes and desserts are to die for, with an easy version of the River Café's legendary Chocolate Nemesis.

As well as an Italian store cupboard feature with a list of the perennial ingredients readily available that you should have on hand to whisk up meals at any time and a section on basics such as peeling tomatoes and sauces such as aioli and salsa verde, many recipes include tips and short cuts on ingredients, methods and equipment. River Café Easy works both as a quick meals bible and a great introduction to Italian country cooking. --Fiona Buckland


"recipes that are quick, simple but still glamorous and delicious...it is foolproof" (Daily Telegraph 2003-06-25)

"a manual of how to live...a straightforward and accessible guide to how to cook good - and yes, affordable - Italian food" (Harpers and Queen 2003-04-22)

"This book proves that good Italian food doesn't have to be hard work...will have you whipping up delicious and simple food everyday - in no time at all" (Essentials 2003-04-25)

"It's silver! It's easy! Are your kitchen shelves gastro-glam enough?" (Sunday Times Style 2003-04-25)

"With recipes so straightforward that even village idiots will have no problem rustling up a whole roast monkfish, spiced pigeon and polenta crumble, this is cooking made visually spectacular, astonishingly tasty and, it must be said, incredibly easy" (GQ 2003-05-27)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The River Cafe book for every day 10 Sep 2003
By Steve
This book delivers exactly what its title promises: River Cafe food that's much quicker and easier to prepare than in their previous books. I love all the River Cafe books but it has to be said that, especially during the working week, I'm not always up to the lengthy preparation and constant involvement with the cooking that they so often require. So, for me, this is the perfect mid-week cookbook and it has quickly won a place on the kitchen bookshelf chez-moi. The recipes are significantly simpler than in the other books: they have shorter, less exotic ingredients lists and the methods are less involved and require less preparation. What's not compromised is the success of the dishes: perfectly judged flavours and endlessly fascinating combinations. So the end result is an excellent River Cafe style meal that takes far less time and effort to prepare than you'd believe from the taste. This book should be on every food lover's shelf, when it's not open on the kitchen counter that is!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Peasy.... 20 May 2003
At last, a River Cafe Cook-book that has some achievable recipes in it!!
I have enjoyed other river cafe books, but many of the recipes have been completely beyond me, having never heard of some of the ingredients was never a bonus. So the powers that be have come up with this 'Easy' book for those of us how making dinner, is a necessity, not a career.
The main theme is Italian food, with some gorgeous recipes for us pasta lovers, also some advice and meal ideas for Barbecue's in the summer and the salsa verde is a hit in my house. The sauces are delicious and I have now actually made a couple which have gone down a treat. These meals are not for just looking at in the book, or reading about and then getting a take away, these are meals that you will make regularly, realise that they are simple to make and won't cost the earth, and there you have it, a mini revolution going on in your own kitchen. If I can put these culinary instructions into practice, trust me, anyone can!
Buy the book, have a flick through visit your supermarket with some fresh ideas, and enjoy the smiles on the faces of whoever you are feeding..
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It really is easy, colourful and tasty 27 April 2003
The River Cafe Cook Book certainly is Easy. The latest installment features recipes that are colourful, creative, tasty and tempting for even the novice cook. I usually like to see colour photographs of what the end result should look like and this cook book has plenty on offer. So far, I have made the Dark Truffle cake, which is just about the easiest and scrummiest chocolate cake I have ever eaten. The Chicken with Lemon and the Slow Roast Tomatoes were just as delicious.
I am looking forward to making some of the other recipes including the Gnudi Bianchi, as well as the many desserts that are featured. I especially liked the tips that are given throughout the cook book, the Italian Store Cupboard and list of Suppliers that are at the end of the book.
I highly recommend that this cook book should grace your bookshelves.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 May 2003
River Cafe Cookbook Easy follows on in the same style as the earlier River Cafe books. It's clear and concise with naturalistic photography. Where it differs is that the ingredients and methodologies are much simpler. This is a cookbook that not only makes you want to cook the food, but makes you feel like you can! One to cook from - not just to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for novices 15 Dec 2003
By A Customer
This is a very good book for novices, but the more accomplished cooks and foodies may find the content of this book to be lacking somewhat. To be fair, the authors have obviously set out to write a book of simple yet tasty recipes and they have definitely succeeded in this....my point is that one should not expect to find any new or exciting recipes here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for easy, quick meals! 14 Aug 2005
I've only recently bought this book, but have already cooked a recipe from it. When I flicked through it in a shop a little while ago I thought it would be the ideal cookbook to have for quick reference (like the Delia Smith chocolate, italian, pork etc collections).
Like another reviewer said, this cookbook is full of many ideas that others books already contain. However, if you're in a rush, want a quick easy meal with ingredients already in your cupboard, and you basically know what you fancy, then this book is ideal. I bought it for that reason and think it will live up to its purpose.
For midweek meals when you havent got time to plan or flick through your other cookbooks this is ideal. If you want a challenge, go elsewhere
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull book 17 May 2005
I love this book. the recipes are wonderfull and so easy to follow and easy to make recipe, easier than the other river cafe cookbook. It's defenitly a must have.
at the same time I bought Simple and Simply Delicious by Sylvie Rocher. Both book have great simple recipes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great Food, Easily Done 29 Sep 2013
We have cooked many meals from this cookbook and all of them a triumph.

You don't have to have unusual ingredients that you've never of heard of, just simple a plain Italian tasty recipes, we live it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & easy recipes to follow - well recommended
Very easy to follow and great variety of recipes! My husband has thoroughly enjoyed using this book!
Published 5 days ago by L. Dobree-carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivered on time and well protected
Published 12 days ago by no
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by carospen
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
Has some nice enough recipes, but only a couple jump out. If you're looking to enhance ur knowledge, probably not the book for you. Good book for a pure beginner though.
Published 12 months ago by Featchyface
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have tried some of the recipes which turned out well, others a disaster e.g. Gnudi. So 4 stars is as much as I can rate it.
Published 17 months ago by Tolstoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I love this book, it's so simple and tasty! Try the flattened chicken-it's amazing! The pasta recipes are great, easy everyday dishes.
Published 20 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Easy to pick up any recipe in this book and it gives youngest ideas for ones to try out too
Published on 27 Oct 2012 by MoAbs
5.0 out of 5 stars best of very easy and very tasty italian food
great recipe book with italian food. Very very simple stuff for cooking but rich in taste. One of best cook books I ever saw and owned.
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Daniel Farkas
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Kids
If you are an experienced or interested cook, the chances are this book will offer nothing you don't already know or have somewhere else. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2004 by Booksthatmatter
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off Cafe Cookbook
For the most part it's decent grub but it suffers from too much padding, with a lot of one paragraph recipes (in an oversize font) taking up a whole page. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2004 by A Reader
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