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What's for Dinner?: Easy and delicious recipes for everyday cooking [Hardcover]

Fay Ripley
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012

Mumsnet Best Cookbook winner, Fay Ripley, is back with a no-fuss collection of simple, tasty recipes to take you from Monday to Sunday with ease.

Actress, mum of two and passionate home cook, Fay shares 100 of her favourite tried-and-tested dishes. Whether it is midweek and you need good food fast, want deliciously easy recipes that the whole family can share or are looking for tasty weekend meals that don’t require hours in the kitchen, Fay’s recipes will hit the spot time and time again.

What’s for Dinner? includes quick-to-prepare suppers such as Roast Tomato and Prosciutto Penne, one-pot dishes such as Chicken and Squash Traybake, ‘don’t panic’ Corner Shop recipes, easy-peasy baking and puds, effortless Friday-night dinners and Sunday Roasts that will encourage everyone to gather round the kitchen table. All the recipes are accompanied by their own mouth-watering photo and don’t require an endless shopping list of unusual ingredients you’ll only use once. Instead, these are affordable dishes with easy-to-find ingredients, simple-to-follow methods and plenty of tips for feeding babies, freezing, preparation and cooking times. This is a cookbook that’s not only inspiring but genuinely useful.

Packed with flavour, down-to-earth advice and wit, Fay’s second cookbook shows how easy it can be to enjoy delicious home-cooked food every day.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007445326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007445325
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No-nonsense, delicious food, great flavours and good ideas. JAMIE OLIVER

About the Author

Fay Ripley is a popular actress and acclaimed food writer. Author of two bestselling cookbooks she won Mumsnet Best Cookbook Award in 2011. Fay lives in London with her husband and two children.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good except... 3 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have Fay's first book and it has become my go to book with lots of lovely recipes. I pre-ordered this on the back of the previous book and I'm happy to say it is full of sane, simple meals that I'm looking forward to trying. The only reason for taking away one star is because of the ridiculous way the recipes are ordered. Instead of having clear sections with either breakfast, desserts, certain types of mains etc. which the first one did so well, this book is in days of the week. This means that if you want a dessert you have to go through the whole book to find them all as there are a few at the end of each day, for instance you find them on pages 36, 64, 66, 90, 93 etc. and then bizarrely you get a breakfast after the dessert in one chapter! This is VERY frustrating and time wasting for a book that is all about no fuss. Please, please next time don't do this as I love the books.
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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke 21 Mar 2012
By Hunter Sza VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It's interesting, isn't it, how positive reviews always seem to be voted as more helpful than negative reviews? It's as if the voters really want to like the product they are looking at and don't want to hear anything bad about it.

For what it's worth, the reason why I didn't take to this book, at all, is the almost total lack of organization. Main meals, breakfasts and desserts are all thrown together and given a good shake so you never know what's going to be on the next page--it could be anything. This makes it impossible to browse through a selection of dinners, for example, to compare them, and to home in on what you fancy. And please don't underestimate this. As you've probably experienced for yourself, page flipping through, for example, all of the dinners in a cookbook, one after the other, really helps to get the appetite going, and helps you to choose just what exactly you'd like to make at any given time of the day. Again, it just isn't possible to do this with this book unless you flip through the entire thing every single time (either that or you get down to some serious work with a stack of post-it notes).

When the book first arrived, I flipped through it for several minutes without settling on anything before my brain finally said, 'What the heck am I looking at?' Desserts followed by main meals followed by breakfasts followed by more desserts. Rather than get my appetite going, it seemed a little revolting. I flipped back a few pages in the search for a chapter heading that might shed some light on the matter and all it said was 'Thursday'. Great. That clears that up, then.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good selection of family friendly recipes 3 April 2012
By I. Horswell VINE VOICE
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This is a great selection of family friendly recipes, perfect for busy mums juggling after school clubs, kids homework etc. I've tried 8 recipes so far - they have all been straight forward and on the whole, quick to prepare. I am quite a good cook but don't have time, or the inclination, to cook fancy meals (that may go uneaten) and am fed up with variations on a theme of bland "nursery" food. These recipes have given me extra ideas to liven up mealtimes and make it interesting for us all without adding to food preparation time.

One of my kids is super fussy at the moment but I've been able to cook his meal in the same dish at the same time without any dressing/marinade etc, saving time and washing up. For example, the Tangy Chicken and Squash Tray Bake I cooked plain chicken and new potatoes for the kids and squash/chicken with dressing for the adults - a hit all round.

Some of the seasonings may need doubling for grown ups - we could barely taste the Quick Zingy Lamb Kebab seasoning but the kids rejected it immediately as "spicy" (yet they will eat a takeaway curry without hesitation so "spicy" clearly just means different)! They enjoyed assembling the wraps though so next time they'll have plain lamb. Ditto the Quick Rub Lamb Chops.

Once you've done a recipe once you may want to add your own touches to tailor the food. The Egg Fried Rice was a quick and easy hit. I livened it up with bowls of extra chopped ham and prawns for the kids to sprinkle on. We had requests for sweetcorn and cashews next time.

We rarely eat gluten and dairy due to intolerances. So many child friendly recipe books are based around pasta, pizza and cheese recipes, which I find very frustrating. The recipes we tried were either dairy and gluten free or easily adaptable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD SHE IS BACK 13 Mar 2012
By Willow
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fay Ripley's first cook book is so warn out from over use. I think I must have tried 90 per cent of the recipes. I was so excited she was doing another book and she has somehow managed to make this as fantastic as the first which I thought would be impossible. I think her approach to family cooking is amazing and my children love her food. It is such a joy that we can all eat the same food together. I have so far made the trout in puff pastry, the fish cakes and the chicken nuggets all of which were easy to make and delicious. I would recommend this to everyone. I am already looking forward to her third book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant recipes with dodgy layout and indexing 28 Mar 2012
By Easterchick VINE VOICE
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I loved Fay's first book and have eagerly awaited this, her second installment. Much like the first, this is a cross between Nigella and Delia; the modern inventiveness of Nigella with the practicality of Delia's Frugal Food.

So far I've made the Chocolate and Banana Bread (went down a treat), Garlic and Lime Pork (fantastic!) Chocolate Pears (delicious) and the Granola (where've you been all my life?). Thoroughly impressed at how easy these have all been to make, but they still look like you've put quite a lot of effort in.

Two things that grate a bit: considering this book is aimed at busy mums who want good food quickly, why make it so bloomin' difficult to find anything? The recipes are ordered by 'day of the week' - Well, how does Fay Ripley know what I've got time to cook on a Tuesday? I might only be able to squeeze in Sardine Pasta between swimming lesson pick up and Rainbows drop off, and there she is telling me to cook a Cottage Pie (or something).

The indexing is equally baffling; for example I eventually found Banana Bread not under Bananas, or Bread, but under Cakes - not intuitive at all considering the way I cook is usually to look at what needs using up (i.e bananas) and then find a recipe to fit, rather than vice versa.

Lastly, the majority of women who buy this book are either working mums or busy work at home mums, who on the whole, are pretty intelligent and can cope with proper words. So why the need to tell us to 'throw' and 'chuck' ingredients into a bowl, or to 'smush' something up? I'm all for informality, but these are all things my 2 year old would do?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fay ripley whats for dinner book
bought this book for the wife she finds the receipes very good as you would call ordinary every day cooking made easy definitely recomend to anyone who likes ordinary good food... Read more
Published 1 month ago by frederick andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
I bought this book after already owning Fay's first recipe book, and I am really delighted with this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Aimee Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, I'm no longer as fussy!
I've previously been fussy and difficult to please at dinner time, this certainly works for me, and I'm sure will work for kids too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook
I really like this cookbook. The recipes are quick and easy, and use lots of normal, easy to get hold of ingredients. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Becci
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Nice book with some useful recipes. Some are better than others but it's personal taste of course. Have not tried all of them yet so may be more positive later on
Published 8 months ago by Lee Mannering
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy
Tried a couple of the recipes and they were fine. Would dip in and out of this one and it is easy to read and well laid out
Published 9 months ago by Keencook
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this is a fab, easy to follow book, I have her other book as well which is also fab, recipes are easy to follow with not too many ingredients, and are things all the family will... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Receipes
If you like simple food, quickly made, this is an excellent book, I prefer my old favorites, what my children like to eat.
Published 10 months ago by Trololo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful Ms Ripley!
I've bought bought her books and now many of her recipes are our staple meals. Kids love the No Meaty Lasange with spinach and lentils in it, it's delish.
Published 11 months ago by Z. Brannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe book
This book has several of my best meals . I got this book for my husband who was very interested in cookery of all kinds .
Published 11 months ago by Pauline Fellows
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