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The 30-Minute Cook [Paperback]

Nigel Slater
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2 Nov 2006

Discover quick and tasty dishes in Nigel Slater's The 30-Minute Cook.

Quick, delicious meals from across the world with ingredients available from your local supermarket - all prepared within thirty minutes: the perfect book for the busy cook.

Praise for Nigel Slater's The 30 Minute Cook:

'One of my very favourite cookery writers' Delia Smith

'The whiff of kaffir lime leaves, cumin and ginger wafts from the pages ... I can think of no one more likely to coax timid cooks into a spirit of culinary adventure' Financial Times

'An inspired worldwide collection of quick and accessible dishes' Evening Standard

Nigel Slater is the Observer's food writer, writing a month column for Observer Food Monthly. Real Fast Food was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award while 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. His other bestselling books include Real Fast Puddings, Real Food, Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141029528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029528
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,670 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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About the Author

Nigel Slater is the author of Real Fast Food, Real Fast Puddings, The 30-Minute Cook, Real Food, Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries. Real Fast Food was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award while 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 the Observer's food writer and he writes a monthly column for Observer Food Monthly.

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375 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd never guess I will use a cookbook... 13 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
I am Chinese, we eat enormous amount of food and our cooking takes a lot of work. so when I moved to London and had to do everything by myself, and having to deal with buying ingredients which are quite alien to me, I thought I needed some help.
I had owned cookbooks that looked pretty on shelves, and I know how useless I am with them. so I set out to get a book I can manage. I never looked back. I have bought other books since, but for some reason, Slater is the only one that gives me success stories one after the other. nothing in it is in the "too hard to tackle" category.
If you are new to cooking, it is simple to use and easy to perfect; if you are a seasoned cook, the refreshing approach to useing a variety of ingredients instead of sticking to everything by the book makes one feel good - afterall, we cook with whats around the kitchen, how often do we make a special trip to get ingredients for a fast meal?
love it, love it. I must say I have never believed in celebrity cooks, but Slater is in a class of his own.
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234 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously tasty 5 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Don't be put off by Nigel Slater's recent transformation from cookery writer to telly-chef. He is still at heart a writer, and this is a highly readable, excellent collection of recipe ideas, far more entertaining than those produced by the rather po-faced Delia or painful Ainsley.... The recipes, arranged in groups around a single main ingredient you might have picked up on your way home from work, are short and simple, perfect for cooking yourselves a quick supper, but are also seriously tasty enough for a Sunday lunch or even a dinner party. The recipes also cover just about every type of cuisine - there are some great Moroccan, Indian and Thai-influenced dishes as well as Italian and French. There are lots of options around the basic ideas, so there are plenty of ways to ring the changes. Slater is less concerned with elaborate techniques and far more interested in the quality of his raw materials, giving excellent advice on the type of ingredients to look for and to avoid. I have eaten more often from this book than any other in my (now considerable) collection - and have been disappointed less often than with any other. The fantastic 30-minute lemon roast chicken recipe alone justified buying it for all my friends, not to mention the herbed salmon, crispy scallops and bacon, and Goanese marinated prawns......
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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get home from work and dinner is on the table .. 26 Sep 2002
By Nicki B
Format:Paperback
..in less time that it takes to deliver a takeaway!
It's the kind of book that no matter how bare my cupboard is, somehow I can always scrape together the ingredients for one of the recipes.
No fuss, no mess and does exactly what it says on the tin. Nigel is about enjoying the eating, not hating the cooking. Easy to follow and flexible - if you don't exactly have all the ingredients, he suggests some alternatives so you can improvise.
The perfect book for the first time cook and experienced cheffers alike!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most used cookbook I own 25 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love this book and recommend it all my friends. The recipes are simpled and uncomplicated. The ingredients are easily sourced and the results are fantastic. I own a number of cook books - this is the one I enjoy cooking from the most. Its perfect for everyday cooking, nothing takes too long and the instructions are easy to follow.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Minute Cook 25 Jan 2005
By Maggie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The best cook book I own, every recipe works, is delicious and does take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Nigel Slater really does know his stuff.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the thirty minute cook 22 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I cannot recommend this book enough.If you get in from work at 6.30,like me, starving hungry , you can have a truly fabulous meal ready in no time. Every recipe I've tried has been a real winner. Good enough for any dinner party too. "Real fast food" is an excellent buy also.Money well spent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberated cooking! 24 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
Cooking for 'one' can be a bind BUT this 30 minute cook book sets you free! At the end of the day when you are tired and find it easier to eat a ready made dessert - a yogurt, a banana, slice of bread, bar of chocolate - because you are hungry and the slow process of putting a meal together - meat/fish/pasta/vegetables...- is initially a bridge too far THIS BOOK gives you permission to just prepare a simple dish, full of tastes which can be minutes to prepare and enable you to eat correctly and with pleasure. If you are entertaining you can mix and match a fish dish and a vegetable idea. Instead of having a whole recipe with lots of juggling of ingredients, timetables et al, you can just have enough glorious tastiness with one item. And then perhaps, having satisfied the inner hungry person, you can then feel more willing to cook another tasty item to complete your nutritional needs. It is very liberating and each item is delicious and simple. And also you realise quite quickly that each recipe is not engraved on tablets of stone - they are launch pads for you to discover that you are a naturally creative person IF you follow your senses of sight, smell and taste. With this book you have permission to be your own cook. Delicious! All the recipes are for 2 people but one item on its own makes a satisfying meal for anyone any age who is usually neglectful about cooking for themself. Feel free to enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a winner! 10 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I have used this book regularly for years now, returning to old favorites and still finding recipes I haven't tried. He makes me laugh and his lack of pretension is wonderful. Recipes are clear and straightforward and the results are always excellent. I love to cook and think I cook well, so this is not only for beginners but anyone looking for inspired and authentic flavours that can be prepared quickly and easily. Thank you, Nigel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Successful present
I bought this book for my Dad who lives on his own and enjoys cooking. I thought he'd like this as (a) he's cooking for one and (b) doesn't always want to spend a long time... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by K. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Anne Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for tired Cooks.
For true cooks everywhere and those willing to learn, give ideas to. A quick to prepare and eat recipes for when you just want to rest after a bad day at work.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Elizabeth Porteus
4.0 out of 5 stars Be wary of buying second hand books
It is a good cookbook, but a bit upset by the condition as there are pages that are written on
Published 1 month ago by cazbaZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The recipes really work. And so many ideas around ...
The recipes really work.And so many ideas around each one.
Published 1 month ago by Weary cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
The recipes are easy to follow and practical for everyday use as you would expect. Well set out and easy to follow.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Marcia Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
porous pages like blotting paper - stupid in a kitchen, yuck.
no pictures or diagrams of anything so you don't even know what you're aiming for
I absolutely hate this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kay Fern
2.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Slater cook book review
Not his usual style . I have a few books that Nigel wrote &i love them but, not this one. Why does he not produce the the simply suppers book he has on the BBC Frances Moss
Published 5 months ago by Frances Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
This is a great book and I have now given a copy as a gift to two other people as well as cooked many recipes from it for ourselves.
Published 6 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great book for folks who have busy lives and need to whip up a good meal quickly....but want their food to be delightful.
Published 6 months ago by C
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