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A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III
A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.49

161 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though smaller in size this volume in the Kitchen Diaries series still packs a serious punch, 24 Sept. 2015
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Being the owner of all of Nigel Slater's previous books, I did ask myself whether or not I really needed another one. I was not sure that this latest volume in the Kitchen Diaries series could offer anything that I couldn’t find in the books I already owned by Nigel. The answer to that question is most definitely yes.

Like the previous Kitchen Diaries book, this is a lovely thick book with beautiful binding and a cloth-bound spine. The paper is good quality and should you happen to stain it whilst cooking it should wipe off quite easily. There is ample room in the margins to make notes or suggestions on how you would improve a recipe next time (don’t expect to be doing this often because having cooked extensively from Nigel Slater books I seldom need to make improvements or alterations to his recipes). The photographs in the book are realistic and attractive, unlike some of the photographs you see in some cookbooks which look more like works of art. If you cook a dish from this book the likelihood is that it will end up looking like the photograph. If you are somebody who likes every recipe to come with an accompanying photograph then you may be disappointed. This book is 576 pages long so to include a picture with every recipe you would probably need a crane in order to be able to lift it up.

If you have never read one of the previous Kitchen Diaries books before then you are in for a treat. Part cookbook, part diary, Nigel takes us on a journey of what he has cooked throughout the year. I enjoy reading about what he cooks when he’s feeling lazy, what he cooks at Easter and Christmas, where he goes to buy his meat, cheese and various other items and what he has got growing in his garden.

Nigel’s recipes are easy to follow and even the most incompetent of cooks should not be overawed by anything in this book. Like the vast majority of the population, Nigel cooks from what he has available in his fridge or store cupboard. He does not demand that you spend hours on the internet searching for some obscure Middle Eastern spice that you will only use once. Indeed, you should find all of the ingredients for the recipes featured in this book in your local supermarket. Nor does he expect you to have experience with complex cooking techniques. These are recipes by someone who knows what the home cook wants at the end of a busy day, honest, simple, tasty food that can be on the table relatively quickly. (obviously there are some recipes in here that take a good few hours) If you flick through the book and happen upon a recipe that appeals to you only to discover that you are missing an ingredient he will regularly suggest variations that you could try, and he leaves it to you to think up your own adaptations.

Please find below a list of every single recipe featured in this book. Enjoy!

Smoked garlic cauliflower cheese
Poppy seed crispbread
Goose fat chicken, garlic roast potatoes
Bacon granola
Raclette tart
Peri peri chicken pie
Lemon and black pepper madeleines
Pig’s cheeks with apples and cider
Kale colcannon
Pork chop, rhubarb chutney
Steamed bacon and sausage pudding
Artichoke ‘tartiflette’
Polish sausage, sauerkraut, onions and soured cream
Salsify, toasted dill crumbs
Smoked mackerel fishcakes
Aubergine ‘cassoulet’
Slow-roasted ribs with honey, anise and creamed cauliflower
Cauliflower and chive puree
Seriously lemon lemon sorbet
Pasta with dill and bacon
Mograbia with chorizo and tomato
Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake
Sunday breakfast toad-in-the-hole
Chicken wings with barley
Lamb with beer and shallots
Mackerel toasts
Hemp seed pizzas with egg and rocket
Tempura vegetables
Dipping sauce
Browned butter, rosemary and honey frozen yoghurt
Grilled fish with soy and sesame
Espresso chocolate chip ice cream
Chicken with yuzu and sesame
Pea and bacon fritters
Braised steak, sake and shallots
Pork bone soup
Gyoza with pork and lemongrass
Dip for Gyoza with lemongrass
A little stir-fry of squid and pepper
A spring soup of young leeks and miso
Gammon, celeriac and parsley pie
Pork belly and beans
Green olive and thyme focaccia
Potatoes, anchovies and dill
Clams with picada
Chard with caramelised onions and sultanas
Bavette with avocado
Lamb with tomato, ginger and basil
Chinese sausage and rice
Lamb fillet with lentils
Rice, carrot and cashews
Spiced lamb patties
Duck with udon
Salmon with macaroni
Spiced turnips and spinach
Pancetta and leek tortilla
Hot-smoked salmon with oatmeal
Carrot and cardamom soup, ricotta dumplings
Warm rabbit and watercress salad
Chicken with soured cream and gherkins
Cumberland sausage, shallot and Cheddar roast potato mash
Salmon with mint and citrus salt
Hot cross bun, toffee and banana pudding
Roast shoulder of lamb with young greens
Roast lamb sandwiches with crushed peas and wasabi
Coffee mousse
Lamb chops with cider and apricots
Meringues with lime curd and pistachios
Roast chicken, lime and mint
‘Nduja bruschetta
Rosemary and honey bread for cheese
Asparagus with crab sauce
Prune, apricot and chorizo stew
Pickled salmon and cucumber salad
White chocolate and pistachio ice cream
Goat’s cheese and lemon thyme tartlets
Baked sea bass with tarragon and radishes
A salad of spiced chickpeas and puffed rice
A radish gazpacho
Pork chops, gooseberry, mint and juniper relish
A green chicken minestrone
Griddled asparagus, lemon mash
Rose and almond shortbread
Asparagus and Roquefort tart
Pigeon and peas
Baked salmon, beetroot and ginger
Sirloin steak with aubergines
New garlic and mushroom tarts
A piquant salad of potato and chicory
Rabbit with new potatoes and sherry vinegar
Roast duck and apricot salad
Mint frozen yoghurt
Salmon in wasabi mayonnaise
Mango and blueberry lassi
Currant buns
Roast lamb with olives and ciabatta
Grilled lamb cutlets with crushed avocado
Grilled halloumi, carrot and chilli
Aubergine and mozzarella
Sausages with summer vegetables
Duck with apple
Lamb, chickpea and feta
Trout with pink onions and samphire
Roast courgettes
Baked tomatoes with tarragon oil
Spiced chicken and noodle soup
Freekeh with peppers and artichokes
Pearl barley kedgeree
Baked eggs and tomatoes
Red mullet and couscous
Noodles with prawns and egg
Loganberry oat cream
Fillet of beef with basil and lemon courgettes
Gooseberry ice cream
Cannellini and ricotta salad
Summer cake
Warm roast chicken salad with melon
Lamb steaks, herb mayonnaise
Blackcurrant frozen yoghurt, warm crumble
Salmon and courgette cakes
Grilled squid, pine kernels and parsley crumbs
Maple pork ribs with tomato chutney
Szechuan crackling
Pulled pork rib wraps
Berry goat’s curd tart
A simple flatbread dough
Fig and Gorgonzola flatbreads
Aubergine and thyme flatbreads
Grilled langoustines, Parmesan butter
Watermelon granite, herb sugar
Carrot, onion and feta soup
Pork and blackberries
Chinese plum sauce
Soft-set plum and fig jam
Smoked mozzarella and salsiccia pizza
Mushroom and garlic pasties
Coconut and coriander lamb
Apple and maple syrup focaccia
Stuffed summer squash with tomatoes and butter beans
Blackberry hazelnut shortbread
Split peas and coriander
A Thai-inspired duck-curry soup
Fig ice cream
Langoustine with herb butter
Chicken, tomatoes, garam masala
Skirt steak, herbed broth
Orange and chocolate friends
Stir-fried marinated tofu
Chermoula aubergine
Lamb steaks, creamed cannellini
Quick fish chowder
Pork chops with mushrooms
Pappardelle with leeks
Lentils with couscous
Black pudding, cabbage and mustard
Lamb and bacon stew
Baked potatoes with aubergine and cream
Chickpea, courgette and pepper stew
Lamb kofta
Chicken, haricot beans and lemon
Black pudding, potato and egg
Mackerel and broccoli gratin
Beef, chilli and sun-dried tomato burger
Mograbia, shallots, lemon
Grilled partridge, orange and lemon marinade
Fig and red onion tartlets
Grilled mussels with thyme and Parmesan
Duck, prunes and red cabbage
Smoked mackerel celeriac remoulade
A mushroom bourguignon
Pot roast pheasant with artichokes and bacon
Mushroom pies
Apple and stilton dumplings
Onion pickle
Chicken liver ragout with potatoes and chive oil
Roast pork and pumpkin
Steak, Stilton and thyme pie
Smoked haddock pilaf
Butternut and red onion gratin
A salad of red cabbage, grapes and almonds
Potatoes with smoked garlic
Hazelnut maple biscuits
Beetroot leaf sauté
Thai fried chicken wings
Port-braised venison with oat dumplings
Pickled ginger and beetroot
Pigeon, parsnip and porcini pie
Chocolate fruit and nut slice
Roast pheasant with apple bread sauce
A Christmas sausage roll
Christmas pie
Warm marzipan buns
Pork belly with apple and thyme batter pudding
Pork dripping apple batter pudding
Walnut meringue with apples and custard
Ham and Stilton crumpets
Apples in sloe gin syrup
Pork and onion pies with goose fat pastry
Meatball broth
Feta with blood oranges and sesame
Crumbed lamb with Roquefort
Gnocchi dolcelatte
Minced turkey chilli
Chickpeas and mussels
Lentils with sausages and pecorino
Chicken, sausage and butter bean broth
Lamb with spiced parsnip mash
Wet polenta and winter greens
Pumpkin seed cod
Baked eggs with kale and Taleggio
Celeriac and blood orange salad
Crab, broccoli and yuzu broth
Lamb stuffed sweet potato
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Eating Well Made Easy: Deliciously healthy recipes for everyone, every day
Eating Well Made Easy: Deliciously healthy recipes for everyone, every day
by Lorraine Pascale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

178 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book of delicious food from Lorraine, 28 Aug. 2015
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I own all of Lorraine's previous books so naturally I was looking forward to the release of this book. Healthy eating has been one of the significant trends in food in the past few years so it is not surprising to see some of the most famous cookbook authors releasing books based around this trend.

The thing that I have liked most about Lorraine's previous books is that all of the recipes featured in her books are achievable by even the most unskilled of cooks and this remains the case with this book. Of course there are some recipes that require more skill than others but the recipe instructions are so incredibly clear and concise that I believe that if you carefully follow said instructions you should be able to pull off the recipe.

The book is printed on high-quality paper and each page contains a recipe title, short introduction about the recipe, a list of ingredients and the recipe itself with an accompanying picture of each recipe on the opposite page.

Some healthy eating cookbooks require you to take a trip to your local health food shop and stock up on what can sometimes be expensive ingredients. Thankfully the majority of recipes in this book use ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket.

Now what a lot of people require from a cookbook review is a list of the recipes featured in the book. I will now provide this to you so that you can come to a decision as to whether this is the book for you or not.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

A good start to the day
Light lunches
Weekday dinners
Lazy brunches
Cooking for friends
Movie nights
Sunday roasts
Sweet endings

A Good Start to the Day:
Avocado and poached egg on rye with sea salt
Spelt flour bread with cranberries, hazelnut and thyme
Blackberry and blueberry ginger pots
Blueberry and cinnamon breakfast oaty muffins
Quick almond, apricot and vanilla muesli
Peanut butter and banana muffins
Simple porridge with cinnamon, seeds and dates
Feta, spinach and basil omelette muffins
Slow-cooker baked apples with pecans, raisins and allspice
Breakfast lettuce cups with scrambled eggs. spring onion and smoked haddock
Peanut butter apple slice sandwiches
Creamy home-made unsweetened nut milk
Date puree paste

Light Lunches:
Soothing sag aloo soup
Roast red pepper, tomato and caramelised onion soup with buckwheat
Immune-boosting super soup
Vietnamese prawn noodle soup with star anise and cinnamon
Lemon, thyme and pepper-crusted chicken with wholegrain rice
Smoked salmon quiche with kale and basil, and a sesame seed crust
Power food greens salad with cavolo nero, watercress, spring onions and sesame
Posh beans on super-quick garlic and thyme bread
Quinoa with raisins, walnuts and parsley
Steamed chicken salad with cavolo nero, goat's cheese and pumpkin seeds
Sweet potato, kale and leek bubble squeak with sage
Kuku sabzi (spicy herbed frittata)
Paprika and cumin-spiced prawn lunch box rice salad
Sichuan bang bang chicken with spicy peanut sauce
Goat's cheese and courgette salad with toasted pine nuts
Sesame-crusted tuna steaks with quinoa and mango salad and a ginger soy dressing

Weekday dinners:
Beetroot risotto with feta cheese and mint
Mushroom and chestnut Lancashire hotpot with sweet potatoes and thyme
Spaghetti with cavolo nero and cashew nut pesto and tomatoes
Sweet potato, cavolo nero and rosemary meatball hash with poached eggs
Kidney bean, lamb and leek shepherd's pie with a cauliflower and sweet potato topping
Pasta with lemony chicken and a kale and cashew nut pesto
Chicken cacciatore with porcini, bay and borlotti
Garlic roasted vegetables with flaked almonds and parsley
Porcini, shiitake and oyster mushroom pasta with thyme and sage
Portobello and porcini mushroom stovetop lasagne with puy lentils and sage
Sweet potato fish pie with haddock, salmon and dill
Turkey meatballs with spaghetti, oregano and fennel
Indian spiced fish cakes with coconut quinoa and coriander chutney
Kiddie roast courgette pasta boats with oregano and basil
Quick creamy butter chicken with cashew nut rice

Lazy brunches:
Virgin bloody mary with turmeric and paprika
Cinnamon protein pancakes
Pepper and tomato egg cups with spicy salsa
Eggs benedict on sweet potato and rosemary hash brown rostis with easy hollandaise
Huevos rancheros with jalapenos and garlic
Spicy baked eggs with spinach, mushroom and oregano
Smoked haddock kedgeree with pilau and parsley

Cooking for friends:
Roast butternut squash beef 'tacos' with guacamole lime salsa
Tomato chilli mussels with garlic, basil and thyme
Pumpkin and sweet potato gnocchi with sage and toasted almond flakes
Baked chipotle chilli haddock with a red pepper and red onion relish, and capers
Balsamic roasted red onion tarte tatin with tarragon
Shaved raw Brussels sprout salad with hazelnuts, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds
Chicken with pineapple and finger, and coconut rice
Mustard-glazed pork leg escalopes with sweet potato and apple and toasted flaked almonds
Tomato, onion and caper salad with anchovies and basil
Pan-fried salmon fillets on herbed lentils with a winter gremolata
Leek, aubergine and chickpea tagine with cashew nut and apricots
Penne pasta with prawns, scallops and peas
Easy spelt pizza with harissa, mozzarella and basil
Chicken souvlaki with kale and tomato salad and tzatziki

Movie nights:
Home-made chive and Parmesan popcorn
Baked popcorn chicken with crispy breadcrumbs and creme fraiche and chive dipping sauce
Gluten-free thyme cheesy pizza bites
Rosemary roast chickpeas and almonds with smoked paprika
Spelt and chilli skinny breadsticks
Parsnip crisps with thyme, salt and mustard
Spicy cashew nut chaat

Sunday roasts:
Mini chetsnut, apple and spinach Wellingtons
Easy herby Parmesan roast potatoes
Steamed sweet Brussels sprouts with chestnut, ginger and nutmeg
Cranberry, cinnamon and apple sauce
Stovetop quick roast carrots
Mushroom and shallot gravy
Simple roast chicken pieces with forty cloves of garlic, rosemary and thyme
Chermoula roast salmon with cumin and coriander
Jerusalem artichoke mash

Sweet endings:
No-cook chocolate espresso cheesecake squares
Mixed berry crumble with oats and almonds
Sticky peanut butter and chocolate slabs
How-easy-is-this banana ice cream
Chocolate, banana and ginger super-quick mousse
Tasty chocolate brownies
Fruity berry tarts with vanilla cashew cream
Raw vegan most carrot cake with cashew, walnut and orange frosting
Hazelnut 'ella' chocolate ice cream (with a touch of coconut)
No-bake chocolate brownies
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Too Good To Share
Too Good To Share
by Sam Stern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book for those wanting to cook meals for one, 8 July 2015
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Like many people out there there are times when I need to cook for myself. I have a large collection of cookbooks but finding meals for one can be a long and drawn out process as most recipes in cookbooks serve 2-6 people which means that if you come across a recipe that appeals to you it can be difficult to cook as you need to divide ingredients appropriately in order to get a single serving. It doesn't help that supermarkets don't sell meat or fish in individual packs. Thanks to this book I can cook two chicken breasts and have them over two nights in two completely different meals. This book is all about being cooking smarter and really is ideal for people living on their own.

The book is printed on plain white paper with a font and text size that makes it easy to refer back to during the cooking process. It should be noted that not every recipe comes with its own photo. I know that that is an issue for some people so please bear that in mind when considering whether to purchase this book or not. The recipe instructions are clear and concise and should be easier enough to follow for even the most inexperienced of cooks. When it comes to ingredients there is nothing in this book that you shouldn't be able to find in your local supermarket.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Cook Chicken
Cook Duck
Cook Beef
Cook Pork
Cook Lamb
Cook Fish
Cook Vegetables
Sweet Treats

Recipe List:

Here's what you've all clicked on this review for - the actual recipes featured in this book. Since the theme of this book is being clever and cooking two chicken breasts and using them in two dishes, I have listed the recipes in a way where you can see how for example, if you cook the beer and orange chicken you will then be able to make the Asian chicken salad (the recipes that you can subsequently make after cooking the first meal are indented in the recipe list)

Beer and orange chicken
--Asian chicken salad
Chicken Teriyaki
--Chicken and cheese nachos
Chicken Saag curry
--Chicken tikka kebabs
Griddled chicken breast with couscous and black olives
--Moroccan chicken salad
Chicken liver wrap
--Chicken liver pate
Chicken and leek pasta
--Creamy pasta frittata
BBQ chicken burger with sweet potato wedges and ultimate chocolate milkshakes
--Chicken and chorizo pasta bowl
Baked lemon chicken legs
--Aubergine chicken parmigiana
Roast chicken
--Chicken sandwiches
--Chicken and tarragon potato cakes
--Chicken soup

Five spice duck legs with chilli sweet potato mash
--Lettuce wraps with shredded duck and hoisin sauce
Duck legs in plum sauce with Asian greens
--Duck ragu
Smokey duck breast with griddled asparagus
--Vietnamese duck salad
Roast duck
--Duck, feta and spinach filo pie
--BBQ duck rolls with hot sauce

Philly cheesesteak sandwich
--Steak and roasted pepper sandwich
Beef and ale pie
--Bubble and squeak cakes
Ginger beef burger with Asian slaw
--Spaghetti and meatballs
Miso steak and chilli sweet potato wedges
--Chipotle steak and cheese quesadillas
BBQ beef ribs
--BBQ rib sandwich
Spicy stir-fried beef
--Egg fried rice with garlic and broccoli
Posh mince and tatties
--Cottage pie
Roast beef
--Spag bol
--Hot beef sandwich
--Vietnamese-style Pho

Harissa pork with mango and coriander couscous
--Sweet chilli pork stir-fry with black fungus
Chinese slow-cooked pork
--Belly pork salad with spicy sesame dressing
Chops, chorizo and cheese
--Pork sandwich with quick apple sauce
Chorizo and sweet potato soup
--Chorizo, feta and red pepper omelette
Sausage, mash and gravy
--Breakfast hash
Sausage and lentil stew
--Sausage and mustard pasta
Mapple-glazed gammon steak
--Spaghetti carbonara
Sausage, meatballs and pasta in a spicy tomato sauce
--Quick cassoulet
Roast belly pork
--Pork, apple and sage potato cakes
--Satay pork sandwiches
--Pork and split pea soup

Rack of lamb with couscous and griddled aubergine
--Warm laab salad
Shepherd's pie
--Kofta wrap
Lamb and mint burger
--Lamb keema curry
Garlic and lemon chops
--Lamb stir-fry
One-pot lamb stew
--Spring broth with lamb
Tikka lamb chops
--Lamb potato cakes
Lamb steaks with rosemary cannellini beans
--Lamb and feta salad
Slow-cooked lamb shanks with olives and polenta
--Minty lamb sandwich
--Lamb stroganoff
--Lamb, feta and hummus pitta

Cod and chorizo with pesto potatoes and peas
--Chorizo fishcakes
Qucik prawn curry
--Griddled prawns with lemony green bean salad
Seafood paella
--Easy arancini
Fast fish pie
--10-minute fishcakes
Mussels in beer
--Mussel linguine
Smoked mackerel pate with a kick
--Smoked mackerel nicoise
Nordic smoked salmon wrap
--Creamy smoked salmon pasta
Salmon parcels
--Simple salmon pate

Roast butternut squash with rocitto and rocket on gnocchi
--Roast butternut squash dip
Creamy leeks and peas
--Leek and pea Glamorgan sausages
Thai lentil dhal
--Lentil, coconut and coriander pate
Aubergine and tomato fusili
--Miso aubergine salad
Spicy chickpea and potato soup
--Lebanese-style chickpea salad
Veggie fajitas
--Mexican salad
Tofu and cucumber salad
--Salt 'n' pepper tofu
Griddled spring onion tart
--Artichoke heart, basil and mozzarella tart
--Ratatouille and pasta soup
Pasta with roasted peppers and goat's cheese
--Fast Turkish pizza

--Sticky toffee
Cookie rolls
Apple oat crumble
Instant cheesecake
Frozen cupcakes
Bread and maple syrup pudding
Cinnamon toast
Microwaveable mug cakes
--Sticky toffee

Feelgood Family Food
Feelgood Family Food
by Dean Edwards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple home cooking boasting great flavours that will appeal to all, 7 July 2015
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Ever since Dean appeared on Masterchef I have followed his career closely and to see that he has benn able to forge a career in food after he was robbed on Masterchef is great to see. His first book based around mince is regularly used in my house so I was naturally excited to see that he had another book coming out. This time he is focusing on healthy, nutritious meals aimed at anyone who likes to cook tasty food that will appeal to young and old alike. Unlike many of the glut of 'healthy' cookbooks that have been released in the last year or two, this book does not require you to go out and spend a small fortune on various oils, nuts, seeds, grains and so on. The recipes use ingredients that you will be able to find anywhere so there is no need for you to go searching around the internet for somewhere that stocks an exotic spice or hard to find cut of meat.

The book is printed on plain white paper with a font and text size that makes it easy to refer back to during the cooking process. Each recipe begins with a short introduction and comes with an accompanying photo so you can see what the finished dish should look like. The recipe instructions are clear and concise and should be easier enough to follow for even the most inexperienced of cooks.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Speedy suppers
Takeaway favourites
Snacks and packed lunches

I will now go on to list all of the recipes featured in the book so that you can decide whether or not this is a book that would appeal to you.

Recipe list:

Fruity cinnamon granola
Fruit and nut breakfast bars
Super-start porridge
Very berry French toast
Mexican eggs
Slow-roasted tomato bagels
Big breakfast frittata
Baked eggs with salmon
Masala scrambled eggs
Sunday brekkie
Green goodness juice
Beetroot and ginger juice
Superfood protein smoothie
Avocado and banana smoothie

Sunshine butternut soup
Roasted red pepper gazpacho
Roasted red pepper and avocado soup
Fragrant turkey noodle broth
Roasted tomato and basil soup
Baked avocado with eggs and tortilla chips
Sticky baked beetroot salad
Courgette and feta salad
Chicken tikka salad with naan croutons
Chicken and chorizo salad
Spinach and feta filo parcels with Greek salad
Summer asparagus tortilla
Avocado and prawn garlic toasts
Griddled courgette and gremolata pasta
Cashew nut pesto pasta
Thai fishcakes with mango salsa

Fragrant cauliflower kedgeree
Sweet potato rosti with chorizo and eggs
Tomato and mozzarella panzanella salad
Salmon and scallop Tom Yum soup
Speedy griddled squid salad
Tuna steak Nicoise salad
Citrus sesame salmon with pak choi
Masala spiced fish with coconut spinach
Herb-crusted fish with courgette noodles
Creamy prawn and chorizo linguine
Goan fish curry
Firecracker pork stir-fry
Hoisin-glazed meatballs with noodles
Vietnamese beef Pho

Vegetable-packed pearl barley broth
North African sweet potato and carrot salad
Slow-roasted tomato filo tart
Asian-baked salmon parcels
Tomato and olive haddock
BBQ Jerk mackerel
Chermoula chicken salad
Chicken and sweet potato tagine
Sticky lemon chicken with walnut pesto
Harissa chicken with hasselback sweet potatoes
Spanish chicken stew
Mediterranean chicken tray bake
Lean turkey bolognese
Banging turkey chilli with cauliflower 'rice'
Caribbean cottage pie
Turkey and mushroom filo pie
Thai beef and mango salad
Chimichurri beef with lime-griddled corn
Broccoli, apple and walnut slaw
Griddled baby gems with blue cheese
Lemon and cumin roasted sweet potatoes
Citrus green beans with almonds

Mozzarella deep=pan pizzas
Chana palak curry
Sweet and sour prawns
No-guilt fish and chips
Toasted cauliflower and prawn fried 'rice'
Jerk chicken stew with rice and peas
Aromatic chicken and peanut Thai curry
Peri peri chicken with red cabbage slaw
Chicken pepper balti
Chicken tikka masala
Shawarma chicken kebabs
Buttermilk oven-fried chicken
Tandoori roast chicken with coconut sambal
Char suit pork with quinoa fried 'rice'
Lean and mean Tex-Mex burgers

Sesame kale chips
Smoky spiced almonds
Mini ham and egg frittatas
Onion bhaji wrap with coronation slaw
Crispy falafels in pitta
Brie, avocado and sunblush tomato sandwiches
Black bean quesadillas
Beet hummus with crudites
Minted pea salsa and baked pitta chips
Wasabi and ginger popcorn

Apple and raisin samosas
Hide the veg carrot and courgette cake
Vanilla-baked pineapple with rum and raisin Greek yoghurt
Buttermilk pancakes with cherries and chocolate drizzle
Chocolate-dipped banana pops
Cheat's frozen banana and peanut butter ice cream
Apple and blackberry nut crumble
Fruit and nut tiffin bites
Raspberry cheesecake pots
Baked figs with honey and pistachios
Mojito granita
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Chicken: Over two hundred recipes devoted to one glorious bird
Chicken: Over two hundred recipes devoted to one glorious bird
by Catherine Phipps
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly exceptional book devoted to chicken filled to the brim with deliciousness, 7 July 2015
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Browsing through the forthcoming cookbooks on Amazon one morning I came across this book. Having already purchased Diana Henry's book devoted to chicken earlier this year I did ask myself whether I needed another book focusing solely on one bird. I started to follow the author on twitter and soon saw that Diana Henry herself was recommending this book which piqued my interest even further. Eventually I took the plunge and decided to order it. Having owned it for a few days now I felt it deserving of a review where I could list all of the recipes contained within because, at the time of writing this review this book no 'look inside' feature is available which would allow people access to the books index.

When purchasing a cookbook one of the most important things for me is to be sure that the recipes are new and inventive and not just different versions of recipes that I could find in some of the other cookbooks that I own. Thankfully I am pleased to report that there are so many recipes in this book that I want to cook that already it is filled with slips of paper where I have marked a recipe that I wish to cook. The recipes range from simple and quick to make to those to wow your friends and family with. Although a few of the recipes will require you to search out more specialist ingredients the majority of them use ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket. The recipe instructions are detailed and easy to follow and unlike some cookbooks that try to be a bit arty-farty with coloured pages and strange fonts the book is printed on white paper with a good sized black text making it easy to read when you need to keep referring to it during cooking.

I know that to some cookbook lovers how important it is to have an accompanying photo with each recipe. Unfortunately for you, not every recipe does have its own photo. There are photos dotted throughout the book but the majority of the recipes do not have their own photo. Please do not let that put you off this book though. I find that with book devoted to savoury meals that photos are not as important as books devoted to baking. I find it far more important to see what a finished cake should look like rather than a chicken dish where the recipe instructions give directions as to how one should present it.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Chicken basics
Chicken liquor
Poached & steamed chicken
Roast chicken
Pot roasts & baked chicken dishes
Braised chicken
Chicken & rice
Retro chicken
Chilli chicken
Fried chicken
Chopped chicken
Pies, pastries & puddings
Chicken salads
Chicken on the grill
To finish
The chicken sandwich
The offally bits

Now onto what you all clicked on this review to read, the recipe list. I do hope you find this useful in helping you to decide whether this book is for you or not. Either way, thankyou for taking the time to read this review.

Recipe list:

Chicken noodle soup (Jewish soup with matzo balls)
An oriental chicken and mushroom soup
A chicken broth with rice, mint and lemon juice
Pasta in brodo
Passatelli in brodo
A herb-scented, summery chicken and vegetable broth
Chicken, lentil and chard soup
Winter sunshine soup
Smoky chicken chowder
Classic cream of chicken soup
Thai chicken and galangal soup
Chicken, barley and yoghurt soup
Traditional chicken stew

Poule au pot
Poached chicken with lentils
Chicken, summer veg and a tomato and basil scented sauce
Steamed chicken
Steamed chicken with lemon and thyme butter sauce
Steamed chicken with lime, allspice and coriander
Mizutaki: a Japanese hot pot
Whole smoked chicken, Chinese style
Glazed smoked chicken
Ginger-scented chicken

My best roast chicken
Flat roasted chicken
The brick-flattened roast
The vertical roast
Roast chicken with stuffing
Roast chicken with spiced lamb stuffing
Freekeh-stuffed chicken with a herb butter
Roast chicken with quinoa stuffing
Roast chicken with ginger and pasta gratin
Tagliatelle 'frisinal'
Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic (version 1)
Chicken in a mountain
Chicken in half mourning

Pot roasting a whole bird
Pot roast with 40 cloves of garlic
Pot roast with bacon and mushrooms
Pot roast with assorted vegetables
Pot roast with stuffing
A sharper tasking pot roast
One-pot chicken with leeks and new potatoes
Chicken with caramelised chicory
Chicken cooked with bay, saffron and oregano
Maple-glazed chicken
Chicken and sausage tray bake
Chicken and Mediterranean vegetable tray bake
Autumnal chicken tray bake
Chicken goujons
Chicken goujons with a sumac coating and a fennel and pomegranate molasses dip
Katsu-style chicken goujons with a ponzu or yuzu dipping sauce
Buffalo wings

Chicken with bacon, lettuce and peas
Chicken with coriander, garlic and sour orange
Flambeed chicken with cider, chestnuts and Brussels sprouts
Chicken with fennel, sausages and orzo
Chicken pepitoria
Walnut chicken
Chicken tagine with preserved lemons and olives
Chicken with chickpeas, morcilla and chorizo
Chicken adobo
Chicken escabeche

A Spanish-flavoured rice dish
Yoghurt-marinated chicken and rice (yakni pilau)
A simple chicken and mushroom Chinese rice pilau
A fragrant Middle Eastern pilaf
Creole dirty rice
Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice)
Oyako-don (mother and child)

Chicken in aspic
--Tomato and jelly variation
--Bacon vodka variation
Chicken kiev
--Chicken cordon bleu variation
'Crispy pancakes'
Chicken Parmigiana
Coronation chicken
Chicken Veronique
Coq au vin
Hunter's chicken, various ways
--Pollo alla cacciatore
--Chicken chasseur
Caesar salad

Butter chicken
A mild, rose-scented curry
A pistachio korma
Coriander chicken
A hot and sour curry
Chicken colombo
Coconut rice
Coconut Caribbean curry
A dry Caribbean chicken curry
Mussaman curry
Red mole curry
A sweet, smoky chilli
Gung pao chicken

Classic Southern fried chicken
Chicken Maryland
Mustard chicken
Chicken with red peppers and green olives
Chicken with lemon, basil and capers
Chicken escalopes in a sage and marsala sauce
Gin-soaked chicken
A summery chicken stir-fry
A very fast Mexican stir-fry
An Indian curry-inspired chicken stir-fry
Chinese lemon chicken
A mellow coconut and lemon grass stir-fry
Chicken and noodle stir-fry with cucumber kimchi

The basic chicken meatball
Baked Italian meatballs
A light summer meatball
--A meatloaf variation
Steamed chicken meatballs
Paprika-scented patties with yoghurt
A pad Thai-inspired omelette
Circassian chicken with beetroot and chickpeas
Larb or laab
--A Mediterranean version
Chicken custards
Chicken gyoza
Pastel de choclo
Chicken and corn pudding

Double-crusted chicken pie
--The chicken pot pie variation
--The cookie cutter pie variation
--The crumble (and gratin) variation
--The cobbler variation
Chicken and mushroom pies
A picnic pie
Caribbean chicken patties
Savoury tart of wood-smoked chicken, Jerusalem artichokes and chard
Chicken and apricot tart
Chicken and onion suet pudding

Chicken tarragon salad, two ways
Chicken with artichokes and a saffron dressing
Chicken, avocado and Little Gem salad
Chicken oysters with griddled chicory and mustard dressing
Chicken, peach and freekeh salad with a citrus and pomegranate molasses dressing
Caribbean chicken, christophene and mango salad
Wood-smoked chicken with Puy lentils, fennel and a blackberry vinaigrette
Chicken with blood oranges and califlower 'couscous'
Chicken succotash
Ginger-scented chicken with cucumber, basil and cherries
Salad of confit chicken, endive and pears
Bang bang chicken
A hot and sour salad

A good multi=purpose barbecue sauce
Pollo alla diavolo
Chicken shawarma
Chicken souvlaki
My Mother's day leaf chicken
--Caribbean variation
--Far-Eastern variation
An Indian-inspired green kebab
Jerk chicken
Tandoori chicken
Peri peri chicken
Chicken satay
Shami chicken kebabs

Romesco sauce
Mojo picon sauce
Peach ketchup
A quick peach relish
A Georgian walnut and coriander sauce
Barbecued chicken skin

My best chicken sandwich
The garlic lover's sandwich
Another garlic lover's sandwich
The chicken French dip
The egg and chicken sandwich
Pulled chicken sandwich
The shawarma sandwich
The roti
The kathi ( or kati) roll
The bokit
Coronation chicken
The chicken Veronique wrap
The chicken wing baguette
Grilled chicken three ways:
--The slider or burger
--The leftover herb butter sandwich
--The chicken toastie
A quick tostada

Chicken liver and porcini ragu
Chicken livers with a lemon, parsley and caper gremolata
Chicken livers with peas, broad beans and ham
Chicken liver keema peas
Chicken liver parfait
Chopped liver
Grilled chicken hearts
Braised chicken hearts
Braised chicken necks
Chicken feet
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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking
by Gordon Ramsay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

148 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up to his previous book, 30 Aug. 2013
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Excellent follow-up to his book 'Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course'

If you liked that book you will love this one as this is essentially a continuation from that book. Exciting recipes and lovely photographs combine to make a book that I want to start cooking from immediately.

Please find all of the recipes in the book listed for you below:

Home-made granola
Quick Bircher muesli
Spiced baked porridge
Tangy fruit salad
Crispy filo with honeyed yoghurt
Cinnamon eggy bread with quick stewed apple
Boiled eggs with anchovy soldiers
Spiced egg and spinach breakfast wrap
Fennel sausage frittata
Merquez sausage and fontina stuffed croissants
Smoked haddock and spinach baked eggs
Home-made baked beans with potato cakes
Hash brown baked eggs with candied bacon
Baked spicy Mexican eggs

Creamy tomato soup with sundried tomato pesto
Spiced Mexican soup
Home-made tortilla chips with pico de gallo dip
Smoky bacon, sweetcorn and potato soup
American-style blue cheese biscuits
Steamed mussels with cherry tomatoes and pancetta
Saffron flat breads
Spicy clam noodles
Welsh rarebit
Avocado and black sesame sprinkle on sourdough
Pear, goat's cheese and walnut tartine
Prawn tostada
Courgette and ricotta bruschette
Pan Bagnat
Ploughman's salad
Beer bread
Chip butty

Anchovy dip with crudités
Burrata with quick balsamic fig jam and crostini
Big Caesar salad
Halloumi, courgette and herb cakes
Slow-roasted tomato and watercress salad
Orzo pasta salad
Grilled sardines with gremolata
Tuna Nicoise salad
Carrot, cumin and orange salad
Mackerele ceviche with shaved fennel and grapefruit
Quinoa salad
Feta, watermelon, cucumber and mint salad
Griddled chicken thighs with chickpeas, piquillo peppers and lemony dressing
Prawn and cucumber salad with spicy yoghurt dressing
Scotch eggs
Beetroot, coriander and orange-cured salmon with apple and celeriac salad
Teriyaki salmon
Soba noodle salad

Lemon and poppy seed madeleines
Pear and crunchy granola muffins
Peanut butter and jam cookies
Dulche De Leche biscuits
Cranberry, marshmallow and peanut chocolate fridge cake
Lemon and pistachio baklava
Chocolate and mint caramel cake
Salted caramel popcorn

Griddled polenta with roasted vine tomatoes and goat's curd
Bloody Mary linguine
Lamb koftas with mint and yoghurt dressing
Beetroot houmous with Za'atar sprinkle
Buttermilk-fried chicken
Quick sweet pickles celery
Home-made fish fingers
Sausage and caramelised onion hotpot
Potato and beetroot gratin
Shepherd's pie with cheese champ topping
Braised peas and carrots with mint butter
Chilli-minted mushy peas
Ginger beer-battered fish
Beef stew with mustard suet dumplings
Twice-baked bubble and squeak jacket potatoes
Roasted beetroot and thyme risotto
Roast chicken with chickpea stuffing and big green salad
Crispy roast duck with Chinese pancakes and dipping sauce
Hoisin and cucumber salad
Barbecue style slow-cooked beef brisket
Crunchy light coleslaw
Spiced sweet potato wedges

Slow-braised beef cheeks with pappardelle
Chicken fricassee
Sautéed potatoes
Herby butter bean salad with crispy pitta bread
Pomegranate molasses-marinated spatchcock quail
Salt-crust sea bream
Braised leeks with hazelnuts
Chinese braised oxtail
Radish salad
Grilled lobster with chilli, garlic and parsley butter
Beef fillet with salsa verde
Baked new potatoes with truffle and parmesan
Sticky spiced chicken wings
Stir-fried green beans with soy and peanut dressing
Thai rice with curry paste and green herbs
Slow-cooked smoky pulled pork butt with chipotle mayo
Crushed potatoes with spring onions and cheese
Broccoli slaw
Stuffed rib of beef
Horseradish Yorkshire puddings
Aromatic lamb chops with minty yoghurt
Chargrilled broccoli and bulghur salad

Pineapple carpaccio with pomegranate and vanilla salt
Aperol spritz jelly
Lemon and basil granita
Banana and coconut fritters
Spiced banana tarte tatin
Lavender crème caramel
Espresso panna cotta with cinnamon hazelnut brittle
Eton mess bombe
Pear and ginger galette
Mango parfait pots with macerated berries
White chocolate and lime mousse
Apple compote with a creamy whip
Steamed date pudding with butterscotch sauce
Hazelnut meringue tower
Chilli poached pears with star anise dust
Chocolate and pistachio semifreddo

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Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less
Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

534 of 578 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book from Jamie Oliver, 29 Aug. 2013
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Firstly, please ignore the first review of this book by Vicky 'darren redstar'. It's quite clear that she doesn't own the book. It seems as if their only intention was to come and post a personal attack on Jamie Oliver. Hopefully Amazon will do the right thing and remove the review and it distorts the rating of this product

I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver and have most of his previous books so naturally I was pleased to discover that he had another one coming out. I read on Jamie's website that he was working on another book but put that to one side due to the demand by his fans for him to produce a book aimed at helping us to save money and waste less food yet still eat well in these tough economic times.

We all know that times are tough at the minute and so the temptation for some people when wandering around the supermarket is to pick up that £1 lasagne ready-meal rather than cook something fresh from scratch, such is the extent to which our food budgets have been squeezed. According to Jamie, the average British adult has 12 takeaway meals a month. The meals in this book, according to Jamie, cost half that of an average take away meaning that you will be able to produce healthier and more nutritious food than that 12" pizza you had last week.

Like almost all of Jamie's books, the photography is excellent with the food looking so delicious that you just want to go into your kitchen and start cooking straight away. Already my copy has a number of pages marked with meals that I can't wait to try. Thankfully, each recipe comes with an accompanying photograph which I know is important to a lot of people when it comes to cookbooks as they like to know what the finished dish should look like.

As with a Jamie Oliver book, recipe instructions are clear and concise and I believe that anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of cooking will be able to produce these recipes in this book. All of the recipes in this book feature ingredients that you will be able to find in your local supermarket. Furthermore, given that this is a book aimed at saving money and creating less waste you will all be pleased to know that there no recipes that require obscure ingredients that you have never heard of before which would require a trip to an Asian supermarket to source.

At the front of the book you will find 12 pages on how to shop smarter, from things that can be frozen, what you should and shouldn't have in your fridge regular basis, essential ingredients for your store cupboard, how to shop for bargains in the supermarket.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Shop Smart
Bonus Recipes

The question as to who this book will appeal to the most is difficult to answer. Certainly it will prove incredibly useful to students going to university as well as families living on a budget. I would say that of all of Jamie's books this is by far and away the most accessible and will appeal to the widest range of people.

Below you will find all of the recipes contained within this book listed by chapter. I do hope this proves useful in helping you to decide whether or not this is a book that you would be interested in.


Grated rainbow salad, sesame feta fritters
Mexican filled omelette
Sicilian squash and chickpea stew
Puffy pea `n' potato pie
Hungover noodles
Squash and spinach pasta rotolo
My sag aloo
Veggie korma, mock cauliflower pilau
Sweet fennel soup, French toast croutons
Roasted squash - 4 exciting ways
Baked onion in the hole
Really tasty charred Asian salad
Giant veg rosti, poached eggs, spinach and peas
Zombie brain (magnificent whole roasted celeriac, mushroom sauce and barley)
Sweet potato and spinach frittata
Aubergine daal, handmade chapatis
Pappa alla zucchini (courgette and bread soup)
The best cauliflower and broccoli cheese
BBQ baked beans, smashed sweet potatoes
Beetroot fritters, dressed lentils and leaves
Happy frumpy minestrone
Simple tomato pasta - 4 exciting ways
Okonomiyaki (epic savoury Japanese pancake)


Sunday roast chicken

Singapore noodles
Frenchie salad
Humble chicken stew - 4 ways
Roast chicken and sweet pea risotto
Smokin' chicken chowder
Quick Chinese wrap
Chicken and spinach cannelloni

JFC (Jamie's fried chicken)
Chicken and chorizo paella
Hit `n' run tray baked chicken
Sticky chicken, Chinese noodles
Pukka yellow curry
Chicken wings, Gangnam style
Mexican Caesar salad
Delicious chicken liver Bolognese
My Jewish penicillin, omelette ribbons

Sunday roast brisket

Beef rending
Spiced beef tagine
Pulled beef salad, kick ass croutons
Humble brisket stew - 4 ways
Beef noodle soup
Korean stir-fried rice
Sloppy brisket po' boy

Mexican beef chilli
Mince and onion pie, cream cheese pastry
Meatballs alla Norma
Chinese beef and tofu
Snake in the hole
Secret steak and chips, garlicky green beans
Seared British beef carpaccio


Sunday roast pork

American hot pizza pie
Banh mi
Dim sum pork buns
Slow-roasted pork ragu
Crispy pork tacos
BBQ pulled pork, waffles and slaw
Pulled pork peppers, easy baked risotto

Jerked BBQ ribs
Pork meatloaf, spaghetti sauce
Sausage panzanella
Piri piri pork belly
Spiced sausage cassoulet
Smoked ham hocks, parsley sauce


Sunday roast lamb

Bad boy BBQ burritos
Happy and hearty Scottish broth
Punchy crunchy lamb noodle salad
Lovely lamb pie
Crispy Moroccan lamb pastille
Incredible lamb biryani

Sizzling lamb koftas
King of all burgers
Cypriot lamb kebabs


Roast salmon

Tasty salmon tacos
Salmon - 4 beautiful ways
Salmon filo pie
Kinda Vietnamese salmon salad

Sweet pea fish pie
Fantastic fish tikka curry
Sweet and sour fish balls
Cajun salmon and prawn fishcakes
Jools' sweet pea and prawn pasta shells
Grilled garlic mussels, sweet tomato soup
Carbonara of smoked mackerel
My favourite Sicilian sardine spaghetti
Trout al forno
Mussel pasta e fagioli
Tuna melt piadina
Portuguese fish stew
Smoky kipper pate

Cheddar and pea omelette
Lemon and basil spaghetti
Mushrooms on toast
Spinach and onion quesadilla
Pappa al pomodoro
Carrot, orange and ginger soup
Leek and potato soup
British carbonara
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The Incredible Spice Men
The Incredible Spice Men
by Cyrus Todiwala
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.94

188 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative twists on British classics, 17 Aug. 2013
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To accompany the TV series of the Incredible Spice Men comes the tie-in book. Chefs Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh have travelled the country seeking out dishes that they could put their spicy twist on.

We all love our traditional British food and so the idea of being able to transform them with spices is something that immediately appealed to me so when I saw that such a book was coming out I was very pleased. Some people tend to look down on the British classics so if you're holding a dinner party it might be nice to wheel out a couple of the dishes from this book without telling them of the spices that have been put into them to transform them into dishes that would wow any dinner party.

The first thing I would say is that the book is beautiful to look at, the photos of the recipes jump off the page and just make you want to head to the kitchen and start cooking them. Whenever ever I purchase a cookbook where the main theme is spice I worry that the recipes will call for spices that can only be found in Asian supermarkets or large cities. Thankfully the two chefs have realised that making the recipes accessible to everybody is something that is important to people who want to produce lovely food without having to spend time sourcing difficult to find ingredients. Hence you will be able to find all of the spices used in the recipes in this book in the spice isle of any large supermarket.
The recipes themselves are incredibly varied with a whole host of familiar British classics given a twist by the addition of a couple of spices. The recipe instructions are easy to follow so nobody should have a problem reproducing the recipes featured. Of course, there are a few recipes that are more complicated but you would only expect this as there are always a number of recipes in every cookbook aimed at those looking to impress guests with their technique.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Starters, snacks and a light bite or two
Fish and a bit of seafood
Chicken and poultry
Pork, lamb and beef and other meats
Vegetables, sides, salads and chutneys
Desserts and a few wee drinks

At the back of the book you also find pages on some simple spice mixes as well as some useful tips and techniques.

Below you will find a list of the recipes featured in this book listed by chapter. I hope this proves useful in helping you to come to a decision as to whether this is a book that you would like to own.

Starters, snacks and a light bite or two:
Spiced beetroot soup
Hot and sour soup with crispy fish
Gazpacho with a kick
Asparagus with lime and coriander hollandaise
Warm butternut scones with cheese
Mushroom madras blazer
Goat's cheese, red onion and caraway seed tart
Smoked haddock and mango tart
Spiced Singh gravalax
Smoked salmon with spiced beetroot salad
Hot and sticky prawns

Fish and a bit of seafood:
Haddock pancake with zingy salsa
Fish with a zing and a zang
Creamy cheddary grilled fish
Roast fish with spicy butter
Todiwala and Singh's spiced fish and chips
Creamy fish curry
Fish with Wild West beans
Dover sole with lime and ginger
Indian herb-crusted salmon
Salmon nicoise with Bombay aloo
Punjabi spiced salmon
Prawn pilaf
Stuffed king prawns
Crab and potato cake with mustard and cumin
Cockles with smoked paprika and coriander

Chicken and poultry:
Chicken liver parfait with ginger punch
Bombay coronation chicken
Tandoori-roasted chicken
Colonel Singh's spiced wings
Easy peasy chilli chicken
Pot roasted thighs with mushrooms and mash
Chicken breast made sexy
Roast maple and chilli chicken with polenta
Honey-roasted chicken with outstanding roasties
Ginger chicken escalopes
Turkey tikka

Pork, lamb and beef and other meats:
Salt and chilli ribs
Cabbage and ribs
Exceptional gammon with cider and cinnamon
Roast marinated pork
Pulled pork with cinnamon and clove
Loin of pork with dhal stuffing
McSingh's scotch pie
Bacon and spicy courgette
Cutlets of lamb, parsee-style
Nicely spicy lamb kheema
Shepard's pie with oomph and aah
Lamb stew with black pepper, coconut and clove
Meatball masala
Dad's beef kebabs
Splendidly spicy beef burger
Beef tikka with crushed black pepper

Vegetables, sides, salads and chutneys:
Todiwala and Singh's banging British breakfast
Duck egg with cumin and asparagus
Chilli cheese toast with spicy chutney
Kati kebab and parsley pesto
Korma pudding
Green mango and chilli salad
Mushy peas and tamarind
Spiced red cabbage
Green chilli mash
Cauliflower and chilli cheese
Peanut and mint slaw
Coriander coalishslaw
Ferdinando's roasted potatoes
Spiced Yorkshire pudding
Spiced pickled onions
Apple and pear chutney

Desserts and a few wee drinks:
Scottish cranachan with a wee twist
Bread and butter pudding with orange and cardamom
Apple crumble with star anise
Pear and honey tatin with allspice ice cream
Ginger queen of puddings
Treacle pudding with nutmeg, lemon and lime
Victoria sponge with fennel
Bombay-style cabinet pudding
Rioja cake with nutmeg figs and spiced cream
Rice pudding, parsee-style
Chocolate and cardamom mousse cake with homemade honeycomb
Singhs and the city
Spiced buttered rum
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The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers)
The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers)
by Hairy Bikers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

185 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb follow-up to the original Hairy Dieters book, 17 Aug. 2013
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Following from the success of the Hairy Dieters first book, the Hairy Bikers' have released this, a follow-up to the original book. I watched the Hairy Dieters TV show and thoroughly enjoyed it. Seeing Si and Dave lose so much weight was inspirational because having watched all of their TV shows I know how much they loved their food so it must have been incredibly hard for them to cut out the things they loved the most. The success of the TV show clearly inspired a whole host of people to purchase the first book and start losing weight by following the recipes and tips that the boys provided. It was only natural then, given the success of the first book that a second book would be released in due course and here it is. My copy of the first book is looking pretty scruffy with food stains littered across the pages such has been the regularity with which I return to it. There are numerous diet books out there and whilst I wouldn't claim to have any knowledge about how the recipes in them taste, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the recipes in the first Hairy Dieters book were not only healthy but tasty to boot so when I discovered that they were bringing out a second book I awaited its release with anticipation.

Now going on to this second book, the first thing I would say is that having flicked through it I believe that the recipes in this book are even more appealing than in the first book. Like I said, I cooked a lot from the first book but I can see this one getting used even more than the first book. The food looks really appealing in the beautiful photos, with simple instructions meaning that you will be able to produce simple yet tasty and healthy food with the minimum of fuss. Like the first book each recipe has the number of calories per portion noted below the recipe title. The recipes do not call for obscure ingredients that can only be found if you live in a large city. All of the ingredients should be easily available in your local supermarket. I can't see many of these recipes costing that much to produce either, something which is very important in these tough economic times.

If you have the first Hairy Dieters book I would highly recommend that you purchase this book too. If you haven't yet purchased the first book I would urge you to buy that along with this one. Now that I have both of the books it means I have an extended range of recipes ot call on, meaning that I can produce meals from both books without repeating the same recipe two weeks later. I can see myself and my family enjoying the recipes in this book for years to come and I know that by following the recipes to the letter I will be able to enjoy guilt-free, tasty food without having to worry about my waistline.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Breakfast & Brunch
Real Food Fast
Family Favourites
Meals with Mates
More Fab Fakeaways
Food From Afar
Meals on the Move
Snacks & Salads
Something Sweet
Along Sides

There is also a section listing a whole host of things that you can eat for 100 calories.

Below you will find all of the recipes contained within this book listed by chapter. I do hope this proves useful in helping you to decide whether or not this is a book that you would be interested in.

Breakfast & Brunch:
Poached egg, smoked salmon and spinach
Fluffy banana pancakes
Banana and pecan porridge
Bircher muesli
Home-made muesli
Porridge with spiced plums
Scrambled egg with bacon and mushrooms
Wakey wakey breakfast salad
Good morning smoothie
Light kedgeree
Banana and sultana muffins

Real Food Fast:
Five-minute pizza
Creamy haddock with broccoli
Baked fish with chorizo crust
Turkey burgers and chips
Fast chicken fajitas
Quick chicken cordon bleu
Sausages and rich onion gravy
Argentinian-style steak with onion and radish salad
Spicy lamb steaks with tabbouleh
Crispy pork schnitzel with potato salad

Family Favourites:
Home-made fishcakes
Fisherman's pie with leeky mash
Pan haggerty lite
Veggie bean burgers
Speedy chicken and vegetable pot pies
Easy chicken bake
Liver and bacon with onion gravy
Mince and vegetable pie with tumbled spuds
One-pan lamb roast with gravy
All-in-one spicy pork and rice
Roast beef and gravy

Meals with Mates:
Tuna with ratatouille
Chicken Provençal
Moroccan-style chicken with vegetable couscous
Meatloaf with spicy tomato sauce
Low-fat beef ravioli with tomato sauce
Beef goulash
Rich beef in red wine
Beef Stroganoff

More Fab Fakeaways:
Creamy prawn korma
Egg fried rice
Piri piri chicken
Jerk chicken
Low-cal chicken tikka masala
Chicken bhuna
Chicken biryani
Chicken chow mein
Dieter's doner kebabs
Fiery beef madras

Food From Afar:
Light chicken satay
Chicken tagine with preserved lemons
Thai beef salad
Shredded duck wraps with hoisin sauce

Meals on the Move:
A big soup
Split pea soup with ham
Curried butternut squash and apple soup
Low-fat Cornish pasty
Sticky chicken with coleslaw
Ham salad wraps
Tuna and sweetcorn wraps
Hot-smoked salmon wraps

Snacks & Salads:
Sweet and savoury popcorn
St Clement's squash
Crunchy vegetable sticks
Creamed pesto dip
Soured cream and chive dip
Asparagus wrapped in parma ham
Grapefruit, avocado and bacon salad
Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad
Tuna salad with red onions and beans

Something Sweet:
Fresh fruit trifles
Spiced apple cake
Very berry fool
Warm nectarine tart
Low-fat fruit tea loaf
Light chocolate mousse with raspberries
Apple and blackberry cornflake crumble
Chocolate, orange and cranberry biscotti

Along Sides:
Plain rice
Pilau rice
Mixed vegetable rice
Mushroom rice
Creamy mash
Mustard mash
Lower-cal colcannon
Tune nicoise filled jacket potatoes
Cheesy beans filled jacked potatoes
Creamy coleslaw filled jacket potatoes
Prawn cocktail filled jacket potatoes
Broccoli pasta
Prawn pasta salad
Tagliatelle carbonara
Spicy bacon and tomato pasta
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Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes
Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes
by Linda Collister
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

332 of 342 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll pile on the pounds if you're not careful thanks to this book, 8 Aug. 2013
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It's August and that can only mean one thing, another series of the Great British Bake Off is almost upon us. To accompany the new series comes this book which contains over 100 delicious treats from across the baking spectrum. The book is easy to read due to the font and typeface that has been used. Most of the recipes should be achievable for the average baker although the technical challenge and showstopper recipes may prove somewhat more taxing. You may need to purchase some baking equipment to produce some of the recipes in this book. For example, one of the recipes calls for a 10cm cake tin, something which I do not have as of yet. Likewise, some specialist ingredients may need to be sought and hopefully these will be found in your local supermarket but if not there are plenty of online shops that specialise in baking ingredients.
I should warn those of you that like a picture to accompany each recipe that only about 40% of the bakes in this book have a picture of the finished product.

The contents page of the book is as follows:

Forward by Mary Berry
Forward by Paul Hollywood

Baker's guide: what does it mean?
Baker's guide: how do I do this?

Biscuits and small cakes
Sweet breads

Meet this year's brilliant bakers

Baker's notes and acknowledgements

Below you will find every recipe contained within this book. I do hope this proves useful in helping you to decide whether this is a book you will like or not.


Blackberry buttermilk sponge
Hot berry sauce
Fudgy raspberry cake
Sticky mousse cake
Crunchy coffee cake
Poppyseed and lemon cake
Apple cake with rum buttercream
Whipped chocolate layer cake
Lime cream cheese cake
Sticky chocolate gingerbread
Ginger and chocolate icing
Lemon meringue cake
Lemon curd
Honey and courgette loaf
Orange and olive oil loaf
Vanilla macaroon cake
Cheddar, apple and walnut loaf
Simple fruit cake
Royal icing
Cranberry and marzipan cake

Weekend baking (cakes):

Spiced and iced carrot cake
Orange curd
Mary's angel food cake with lemon curd
Mary's spiced whole orange cake
Mary's opera cake
Mary and Paul's chocolate creation
Carrot and pistachio cake

Biscuits and small cakes:

Easy pecan blondies
Vanilla sablés
Coconut sablés
Rum sablés
Scandi almond cookies
Chewy apricot cookies
Butter icing
Crumbly shortbread fingers
Lemon shortbread
Raspberry crumble shortbread
Raspberry and redcurrant jam
Apple and oat muffins
Millionaire's shortbread
Classic cream crackers
Cheese and mustard crackers
Fresh tomato and peach salsa
Olive oil and rosemary crackers
Bitter chocolate brownies
Quick fudge icing
Double chocolate biscotti
Italian chocolate traybake
Hot chocolate sauce
Fresh berry scones
Chocolate chip scones
Two-cheese and dill scones
Red pepper and goats' cheese muffins

Weekend baking (biscuits and small cakes):

Apricot and pistachio tiffin
Mary's ginger and treacle spiced traybake
Mary's tuiles with chocolate mousse


Crunchy bacon soda bread
No-knead comte loaf
Quick rye
Caramelised onion pissaladiere
Rosemary potato bread
Nut loaf
Thyme fougasse
Roquefort loaf
Wholemeal oaty soda bread

Weekend baking (bread):

Paul's olive breadsticks
Paul's English muffins
Mexican breadsticks
Paul's rye bread
Paul's pretzels

Sweet bread:

Chocolate soda bread
Malty, sticky date loaf
Baked chocolate doughnuts
Spelt, maple and pecan loaf
Marmalade tea cakes
Easy orange and ginger marmalade
Earl Grey tea loaf
Simnel 'Chelsea' buns
Cardomom stollen

Weekend baking (sweet bread):

Paul's brioche tetes
Paul's tea loaf
Paul's apricot couronne
Chai tea loaf


Maple apple puffs
Puff pastry
Amaretti apricot tarts
Apple 'cake'
Redcurrant glaze
Apricot glaze
Rhubarb and ginger tart
Coffee and chocolate choux buns
Choux pastry
Mocha sauce
Caramelised lemon cheesecake slices
Sweet shortcrust pastry
Rich sweet shortcrust pastry
Savoury shortcrust pastry
Rich savoury shortcrust pastry
Chocolate hazelnut tart
Crunchy tapenade straws
Smoky haddock soufflé tart
Hollandaise sauce
Filo-topped venison rendang
Roast tomato tart
Cranberry-topped turkey pie
Tangy blue cheese buns with pecan dip
Sweet potato pastries

Weekend baking (pastry)

Mary's wobbly apricot tart
Pecan, caramel and rosemary apple pie
Mary's Sussex pond pudding with apples
Paul's spanakopita
Paul's egg custard tarts
Steamed chicken buns
Pea purée and ham tartlets
Mary's religieuses


Roasted apples with butterscotch sauce
Sticky toffee apple pudding
Fresh egg custard
Ice-cream shortbreads
Passionfruit cheesecake
Mocha roulade
Crème brulee
Orange brulee
Brownies ice-cream sandwiches
Lemon syrup sponge pudding
Meringue berry sorbet cake
Cinnamon, blueberry and apple cobbler
Lemon curd brioche pudding
Chestnut meringue roulade
Peach tiramisu
Sponge fingers
Fresh raspberry sauce
Chocolate and brandy parfait
Easy petits fours
Raspberry and chocolate pavlova

Weekend baking (puddings):

Mary's tipsy trifle
Mary's charlotte royal
Mary's floating islands
Ninety-niners with a twist
Chocolate and cherry amaretto parcels
Mary's hazelnut dacquoise
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