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The Home Cookbook Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408804395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408804391
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monty Don is the main presenter of BBC-TV's Gardener's World. He is one of the UK's most respected gardeners and gardening writers. He has been gardening correspondent for the Observer since 1994 and is at the forefront of the environmental and organic gardening debate.


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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1973 on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book turned out to be quite a bit more substantial than I expected: quite a chunky thing, fairly large format, and a good clear design. The book is also a pleasure to read, with lots of advice, anecdotes and personal touches. Be warned (sort of) that the description of it as homely food is accurate: there are few radical ideas here. If you want more novel ways with similar ingredients I would also look at books by Sarah Raven and Valentine Warner. But it does exactly what it promises, and I'm very pleased with it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Bird on 2 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of Monty Don, and also of cooking and gardening books in general, I had to add this to my collection. I expected it to be a bit on the simple side having read the other reviews, but whilst this is true it's not to its detriment, in fact it is the simplicity of this book that makes it so special. It really is a celebration of proper British food and a wonderful and very inspiring reminder that more often than not, simple is best. The chapters are in a great and very common-sensical format, breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea and dinner, while most chapter are then subdivided, so for example the lunch chapter includes a section each on picnics, soups and salads. Yes there are the recipes you would expect to be included (for example fish pie, eton mess and apple cake) but isn't that a good thing - a book you know includes all the favourites, but with a few surprises also thrown in. This book really is a joy to read (and you do need to read it). It has gone straight into my current top ten, well done Monty and Sarah Don!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GA GREINE on 20 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the cookbook I have been longing to find! In a market saturated by 'celebrity' cookbooks of all kinds - this tome stands out by a long mile. It isn't the kind of cookbook that sets out to impress - with outlandish recipes, though enticing and attractive - you will never actually cook. This book will sit on the kitchen counter, and serve you well - and when you replace it - it will be because it has served its time, like a faithful old retainer who has gone slightly dotty, and rather frayed round the edges!

The appeal of this book is its sheer practicality. Good simple food - easily prepared, easily cooked, and very easily enjoyed. Monty and Sara make the point that everyday meals should be simple, fresh and unprocessed, in season, and ideally locally produced. Then they show you how - and I have to say, they make it look remarkably easy. The Dons believe that the 'basics' work - so we have a limited number of traditional 'everyday' British meals, with some treats mixed in. Chapters are divided into Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunch, Tea, Dinner and - wait for it...Supper!! (How does he keep that youthful bod???)

Recipes can be easily tweaked to suit the occasion and personal preferences. The popular and tempting recipes should suit most adults and children. And there is sufficient choice so that alternatives are always available. So for example - I'm not a fan of sponge cakes, or pastries, but there are crumbles, fruit dishes, granola and other sweet dishes which are light, fresh, and appetising. And a great recipe for some authentic, industrial strength porridge!

There are also the de rigeur misty eyed reminicences of childhood meals with lashings of 'comfort food' (..godawful expression!!) including the trauma of formal afternoon teas wth granny!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mary W. Lyons on 7 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is not just a cookery book. It is more of an inspirational invitation to a lifestyle that many of us would like to aspire to.

I love the homely introductions to the recipes that make this book so much more than even the title suggests. This book is a pleasure to read, and much of the joy comes from the love of family life that is apparent and shouts from the pages. It is the emotions that this book arouses rather than the recipes themselves that make this book so exceptional.

On a slightly more practical note, many of the recipes are relatively simple and the ingredients mentioned tend to be available in the cupboard, the garden or freezer. As a keen (but very amateur) gardener, I have enjoyed trying recipes for ingredients like rocket and swiss-chard. Such recipes are rare in other cookery books, but these are foods that I grow and are still doing well in my garden at the beginning of November.

As someone who loves food, but who also likes to eat a healthy diet, I wish there had been less reference to adding salt. I have managed very easily to adjust my palate so that I don't need or even want to add salt to food, and I would love to see those I hold in high regard and who have influence over what we eat take a leadership role, by promoting healthy options and the use of less salt in particular.

Overall a good read and a lovely book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B on 18 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
I do enjoy seeing Mr Don on television and so it was a pleasure to see him present a book that he and his wife had put together. If you like all things English and get a feeling of satisfaction and joy looking through cookery books then this is the one to get. The photography is beautiful and I cannot wait to try out the recipes this weekend. In the pages of the book a large slice of good, wholesome living is offered by Mr and Mrs Don and I love every bit of it.
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