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The Kitchen Revolution: A Year of Time-and-money-saving Recipes [Hardcover]

Rosie Sykes , Polly Russell , Zoe Heron
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7 Feb 2008

Tired of deciding what to cook? Want to maximise your meals, with minimum time in the kitchen?

Recent surveys have shown that around a third of the food produced in the UK for human consumption ends up in the bin. This means that every adult is wasting hundreds of pounds-worth of food a year! So the time is right for a kitchen revolution. This is the life-saving cookbook you've been waiting for - home cooking using fresh, seasonal produce, with weekly planners, recipes and shopping lists that will enable you to maximise the weekly shop for you and the family.

It's the 'back to basics' approach, minimising waste through thoughtful shopping and a little preparation. Each week, you'll have the opportunity to cook:

- Big Meal from Scratch - a delicious, filling meal for the whole family, e.g. Poached chicken with elderflower and new potatoes

- Something for Nothing - two easy meals that use leftovers in a tasty and inspiring way, e.g. New potato, asparagus and egg salad

- Seasonal Supper - a quick, simple supper made from seasonal ingredients, e.g. Spiced grilled lamb chops with radish and orange salad

- Larder Feast - for when the fridge is bare, a whole meal just from storecupboard ingredients, e.g. Beef and mushroom stroganoff

- 2 for 1 - a comforting meal that freezes well so that you can eat half immediately, and store half in the freezer, e.g. Oriental pork and spring onion dumplings

Using this fantastic system, Rosie Sykes, Polly Russell and Zoe Heron have come up a recipe for every single day of the year. With foolproof recipes for every kind of occasion, they'll guarantee that you're making the most of your cooker, fridge, freezer and store-cupboard to create healthy and economical meals.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st Edition edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009191373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091913731
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the book that Delia should have written....based on principles that our mothers and grandmothers swore by...recipes leap off the page - it's inspiring, imaginative food" (Press Association)

"The most practical cookbook I've seen in ages...great for busy cooks" (BBC Good Food)


'If you mean to change your life in the New Year, arm yourself with the Kitchen Revolution'

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Matilda
This is a fabulous book. I am doing a week from May this week because the recipes sounded particularly scrummy. We had Pot Roast Caribbean Pork last night which was really tender. We substituted a few things from the recipe (I don't like coriander) and it still came out fabulously. Tonight we're looking forward to Goats' Cheese Flatbreads with a chicory and hazelnut salad - using the left over sweet potatoes from yesterday. Initially the shopping list looked daunting - but even though we had to stock up on some larder goodies and basics which we didn't have it still all came to less than £40 (and we did get organic meat). All in all, I think it's a brilliant idea. I can see that if I did live by it, I would certainly save money. What's great is that it doesn't matter if you don't live by it in whole weeks. You can still use it like a 'normal' cookery book and do whatever you feel like -- and you'll save money, eat healthily and seriously widen your repertoire of delicious dishes. What more could you ask for?
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good but not so bad either! 11 Nov 2008
By jaytin
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On a positive note, I used this book for three months straight and I can honestly say there are some very good recipes. My husband and I tried many new foods that we had never eaten before, some we liked, some we didn't, but generally the recipes were pretty good with the odd exception. My husband also said many times that he had not expected to like a dish but it was actually very nice. I had not previously used fresh herbs much and found that really they made a huge difference, but of course they do add to the shopping bill. I had to make everything for two people as my teenage son would not touch most of the meals, they were a bit too adventurous for him on the whole. I don't think making them for two made any difference to the end results though.
On the negative side, unfortunately I found that the weekly shopping estimate of £50-60 was a a bit on the low side, maybe this is because of rising food prices generally, maybe it is due to not living within easy disance of a good local market. Also you have to consider that this price is for Main meals only, it's not a full weekly shopping list, I think this is something most people had not taken into account and so their weekly bill was much higher than expected. Personally I found that ours was probably around £40-50 and we were only cooking for two. So a bit disappointing. Another problem was that I suddenly found I was spending much more time in the kitchen than I had been doing, using unfamiliar recipes can take a bit more time. another problem I found was that a few of the 'Something-for-Nothing' recipes really were not! I don't see how you can say it's a 'free' meal if you use leftover potatoes but have to buy smoked mackerel etc!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop wasting food 19 Jun 2008
If you hate wasting food you will love this book. Each week comes with a shopping list, which you can download from The Kitchen Revolution website. This is a real time saver and takes all the misery out of trawling round the supermarket. Instead of impulse buying or getting suckered into buy-one-get-one-free offers, which often end up in the bin, you come away with the ingredients for a week's worth of really delicious meals.

It's so easy to end up cooking the same old dishes week in week out but with this book you end up trying all sorts of exciting new recipes and nothing gets wasted. I really can't recommend it enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but hard work. 1 Feb 2009
I have mixed feelings about this book, as when I first got it I used it religiously, for about 2 - 3 months, and in the main was pleased by the results.

I liked the fact I could go online and print off a shopping list, that's a fab idea, and some of the recipes were really good. The red chicken and the broccoli carbonara are now firm family faves. It also got me into good habits, such as reusing meat in a pie the next day. I personally found my kids would eat most of the recipes, but they are quite adventurous, or at least, obedient... it isn't a particulary child friendly book though, and my youngest struggled with some of the tastes and textures.

In the beginning, things seemed expensive, as other people mention, there are a LOT of ingredients, but the savings accumulate.... you only need to buy, say, a jar of harissa paste once, and it gets used several more times as the weeks go by.

Two things put me off, one was a quite hideous recipe, lamb's neck stew, a dish so truly appalling that the children still talk of it in hushed tones, and even my husband (who eats anything and detests wasting food) couldn't eat it. I don't know if you've ever seem a lamb's neck, I hadn't, and I never want to again. The second was the fact I had another baby (my 4th) and I find that the shopping for ingredients, and the making of the 'big meal from scratch' is beyond me at the moment.

All in all, I thought this was a worthwhile purchase, it probably saved me the cover price while I used it, and I think I'll return to it again once my baby is a little bigger. It has changed how I think about cooking, I was never a ready meal person, but I did cook 'one off' meals every night, now I find I do think about what I can use up the next day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book but won't save you money!!
This is a great idea, well executed and lovely to use. However, you will never save money when you buy the expensive ingredients!! Don't let that put you off though.
Published 4 months ago by S. Hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book
Excellent recipes divided into weekly groups with a shopping list. I think its a great idea & an excellent system. Well worth 5 stars as I use it daily. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The book was in good condition, as stated. There are some very interesting recipes and I plan to try it out this week.
Published 12 months ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Do give this book a chance, you won't be disappointed!
Thank you for writing this book! It has simplified my life, made my family's diet more balanced and definitely more interesting!
Published 16 months ago by Little Me
5.0 out of 5 stars consistantly good recipies
I love this book, The variety and seasonality of the recepies is great and they consistantly work, so I am now happy to cook from this book if I have friends coming round even if I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tori
1.0 out of 5 stars great idea not such great recipes
I really liked the idea of this book and enjoyed the actual cooking. I followed the first two weeks of the year and out of all the recipes there was only one that everybody liked. Read more
Published 20 months ago by kerrymay
4.0 out of 5 stars Two years later I'm still using this book
I wanted to write a bit about The Kitchen Revolution because I'm finding that after two years it has become one of my most-used cookbooks. I use it in two different ways. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alison Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort
We've been using this book every day for the last few years - it's great - we don't have to think about what to cook each week, and we eat a much greater vareity of meals! Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by NIkkiandRob
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love love this book!
I don't remember anymore how or why I saved the title of this book in my Wish List, but I'm so grateful to my sister-in-law for buying it for me! Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by champys
5.0 out of 5 stars best cook book ever
Can't praise this book enough, every week is an adventure in shopping and cooking and the recipes produce consistently wonderful-tasting meals. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by biffothebovverboy
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