- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; First Edition edition (5 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747598401
- ISBN-13: 978-0747598404
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 3.3 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
River Cottage Every Day Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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`Full of down-to-earth recipes that you long to try out' --Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express
`The recipes are refreshing and achievable, as Hugh goes back to basics to prove that everyday food can be wholesome, full of flavour and fun' --Cavan Scott, Countryfile
`This book shows you how to incorporate his philosophy into your own meals, through a great selection of delicious recipes.'
The most accessible, recipe-led River Cottage book yet, as featured on Channel 4 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I have all the River Cottage books and love them all but this is my favourite. I have cooked more recipes from this book in the couple of weeks I've had it than from any other cookbook I own (and I own a lot).
Plenty of lovely photographs enhanced by the wonderful doodles of Mariko Jesse, lots of recipes, clear instructions, useful suggestions for serving and varying the recipes, advice on storecupboard ingredients and excellent writing make this book a winner.
This is food for every meal and for every day with chapters on breakfast, lunch boxes, bread, meat, fish, veg, fruit and treats. Hugh recommends British grown and produced food wherever possible, sustainable fish and thrifty cuts of meat. I am finding that I don't need to rely on France and Italy for my cheese, oil or vinegar and I certainly don't need to look outside the UK or even my county for fruit and veg, except maybe for a lemon.
So far I have made the drop scones (for breakfast today), flatbreads, pizza, the tomato, chipolata and potato lunch box with mustardy vinaigrette, leftover stew pasties, parsley and pumpkin seed pesto, parsley, walnut and blue cheese pesto, two-root slaw, roast fish fillets with roast potatoes, pea purée, tupperware Mexican chorizo, sticky glazed spare ribs, quince and bramley apple sorbet, chunky fig, date and prune cake, ten minute chocolate chip cookies, lemon sponge pudding and sour dough bread. Every single recipe has been wonderful and the sour dough has changed my life.
But this is a different kind of book. River Cottage Everyday is quite simply one of the more lovely and useful cookery books that I've been given in a while. It looks gorgeous - elegant layout, witty sketches and scribbles leaping from the pages alongside a photograph on every spread. And the recipes have had me slavering, or was it possibly even slobbering, as I've leafed through. The Lunch(box) section is great - beef with mustardy lentils and mint, pasties and frittata alongside three different 'slaws'. My kids are determined that we must create some of the fresh smoothies and the fishy section with quick fish soups, Thai fish curry and smoked fish and spinach omlette looks easy and yum. Oh and there's a whole section of imaginative (and potentially store cupboard friendly) salads.
I'm really chuffed with this book; whilst it is clearly for people who love food, it's been put together with such obvious enthusiasm that I reckon it's going to be an entertaining and easy ride from fridge to table. Definitely a book to keep by my side this autumn/winter and a cracking alternative to best-beloved tomes like Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries or my other firm favourite, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook.
There are some excellent descriptions in the differences between cooking oils and flours. There are many pictures of the recipes and ones illustrating Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's narrations of his cooking experiences. Entertaining line drawings are added into many of the pages.
He introduces each section, which include recipes for; making breakfast, bread, lunch boxes, fish, thrifty meat, vegetables, which includes soups, fruit and treats. These are recipes that are a bit geared to European tastes and cooking rather than the heavy American comfort food. They are healthy and make use of fresh ingredients and provide some great alternatives for ordinary cooking. Hopefully you would have a taste for thyme, since many of the recipes seem to lean heavily on this seasoning.
There are many delicious smoothie recipes and some interesting healthy alternatives for lunch. Surprising hits with our family have been; kippers with smashed new potatoes, scotch broth salad, slow roast beef brisket with potatoes and onions, salad of baby peas ricotta and green onions, green beans with tomatoes, stuffed butternut squash and especially his version of Eton mess with raspberries. That will give you an idea of some of the types of food that you can find in this book
The recipes are clearly written and printed out, with enough white space around them, that even when a page has 3 on it, one can read and interpret what you should be doing very easily. This would provide an interesting addition to many cookbook collections.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Out of the three cookbooks I own this is the one I turn to most often. My copy has become, as they say, well thumbed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by James Churchill
One of the top ten recipe books used in our kitchen. Wonderfully easy to read and follow as is the usual with all of the River Cottage series.Published 22 days ago by S. Bracken-Conway
This is another Cookery Book that every working Cook should have to hand when in the Kitchen slaving over the Stove....Worth every penny !!!Published 1 month ago by G. WALLINGTON-HAYES