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The New Cranks Recipe Book [Hardcover]

Nadine Abensur
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Sep 1996
This recipe book aims to shake off Cranks' reliance on brown rice and lentils in favour of light and bright vegetable dishes. Inspiration for recipes comes from all over the world and emphasis is placed on the freshest vegetables, combined with pasta and grains. Desserts are also included.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated; Reprint edition (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297835939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297835936
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nadine Abensur was born in Morocco. She is one of the UK's top vegetarian chefs, with French-Jewish parents and draws on this heritage of culinary richness for creating recipes. She began her career by working in restaurants around the world, then set up her own vegetarian catering company. Nadine is the author of CRANKS LIGHT, THE NEW CRANKS RECIPE BOOK and CRANKS FAST FOOD. She now lives in Australia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and Easy 22 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have to disagree with the reviewer below. It is not that I think these recipes stand as some eternal monument to wonderous vegetatian food; but rather that they do a real job in a real world really well. I am an aspiring vegetatian. For ethical and health reasons I try to limit or abstain from meat (but I love the stuff and do lapse). Cranks' book filled a huge void on my cookery book shelf and in the process enabled one aspiring veggie to take a step closer to full time vegetarianism.
So am I applauding this book for enabling me to live a more ethical life? No way. I'm saying that by offering numerous really tasty, really simple vegetarian recipes that follow on relatively easily from most people's omnivore diets, it has given me exactly what I needed. Everything is nicely presented, its a good size to use and the pictures feel good. All superficial you say? On the contrary, the "pleasure of use" (a term used in the cosmetic industry!) is one of the big determinants of how often you take a book down off a shelf. And how often you take a book down off a shelf is a big determinant (in my book) of how highly I rate a cookery manual.
I don't use the book for grand meals or entertaining. I would look elsewhere for that. I use it for family meals that are straightforward, appealing and as tasty (or nearly) as trad. meat meals like spag-bol or chicken curry. If you are well in to your vegetarian food and have been cooking it for years then this is not the book for you either. I doubt it will add anything new. But I'm guessing there are others like me out there.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute vegetarian taste sensation 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This Recipe book is really delicious, it is full of easy to make recipes that are packed full with goodness and wonderful colours, which to me, really makes a prime feast. I think what I like most about this book , was the ingredients, they weren't all exotic things that you can only find in the most far east of countries but nice day to day things you can find in your local supermarket. I would of liked to seen more pictures, to really send my taste buds wild, but I mustn't be too picky now.
Really for all you vegetarians it will broaden your cooking ideas and you will be able to make the most wonderful , tastest, Caribbean pepperpot soup ever!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant recipes! 28 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
Whether, as the reviewer at the bottom of the page claims, there is a lack of wholefood in this collection or not, the recipes are accessible, impressive looking and fabulously tasty... and thats what a cookbook is all about. If you want to add your brown rice, go for it, but if you dont, then dont! I love this cookbook and even my non-veggie friends ooh and aah at the appealing pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and rewarding to make and eat 22 Feb 2012
By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not a vegetarian but have quite a lot of friends who are, so got a vegetarian cookbook (I can still also remember coming to London with my mother as a teenager to eat for a treat at Crank's Restaurant - we are very sad it no longer exists). This book is full of lovely, not-too-difficult and healthy recipes of all kinds, involving rice, pasta, pulses, potatoes and lots of vegetables of all kinds. A few of the meals are a tiny bit heavy or a bit dry, but there's lots of good things to choose from. The warm pasta salad with rocket and sundried tomato and parmesan has become a regular for my lunch to take to work, we eat the chickpea and spinach salad regularly (though I'm ashamed to admit, often with lamb!), and I still regularly cook some of the main meals, particularly:

The kidney and blackbean chilli with sour cream

The artichoke, pinenut and olive pasta

The chickpea and spinach curry

Even better, there's an amazing selection of puddings at the back of the book. It was sheer genius to think of adding dark brown sugar, apples, brandy and extra spices to bread-and-butter pudding; it transforms it into an amazing confection. The lemon tart is also lovely, as are the fruit crumbles. The fruit savarin is delicious if hard to make - put aside a few hours - and the chocolate roulade with raspberries has become my party piece. And the peaches stuffed with raspberries make a good mid-week pud.

A great book and fitting homage to a once-great restaurant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive recipes 23 May 2006
Format:Paperback
There are some great recipes in this book. I haven't had it long and have tried only a handful but I can't wait to try out the rest at any given opportunity.

Some of the recipes are a bit involved, you can tell they are restaurant recipes - they're a bit special for when you're cooking after a day at work. But they are fantastic for entertaining friends or family, or when you have more time. They taste fantastic and the ones I have tried instantly received "classic" status among those who ate them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wiltshire 2 Dec 2010
By Lynbon
Format:Paperback
excellent book, wish now I had gone for the hardback book where there would hopefully be more pictures to tempt me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab book for non-veggies too! 31 Aug 2010
By Scrummy
Format:Hardcover
Book is excellent - we're not veggies by rule but have started to use the receipes in this book which has been well received by the family and we have all enjoyed them - didn't know veggie food could be sooooo tasty. This seller was excellent and can recommend them, will use again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Do your kitchen a favour and get this receipe book!
Great recipe book, home cooking at it's best!

All easy to follow recipes with ingredients which are most likely in your cupboard - and the end result is just simply... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda in London
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranks Recipe Book
Wow, First of all I didn't realise that Cranks had closed down all but one of their Restaurants. Great shame. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Margaret A. Golby
4.0 out of 5 stars great recipes
love this book and use it all the time! Some of the recipes are a bit carby, but generally speaking they all work well.
Published 2 months ago by C. Mayne
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars but states I have to give one
This is the first time I have bought a used book and believe it will be the only time, it was listed as very good condition ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by alison nightingale
5.0 out of 5 stars New cranks recipe book
Delighted with my purchase - replacing some of my previously bought and much loved and used recipe books.
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Published 4 months ago by H. H. Veitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Some fabulous recipes
I have been thinking of getting this book for some time. Delighted I did as there are a number of great recipes I am keen to try in addition to those I have already made.
Published 5 months ago by Robert C. Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am a great fan of Cranks food. I visited the restaurants as a student so now can enjoy memories!
Published 8 months ago by brigid
3.0 out of 5 stars NOt as Good as the previous Cranks Recipe Books
I was disappointed as I had expected it to be more like the original Cranks Recipe Books---They had more recipes and more exiting ones
Published 10 months ago by M. Steinmann
5.0 out of 5 stars great pictures.
this book is one of a series of books on veg cooking with great ideas and pictures.I love it for when a veggie comes to dinner.
Published 17 months ago by kaz doyle
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I love her other book (fast food) but this is poor and uninspiring. too many dishes have too little protein...
Published 18 months ago by Kat
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