on 27 January 2010
This was one of the earlier acquisitions in what has become my rather large stash of cookery books.
For about a year I made at least 1-2 recipes a week from it & they consistantly gained marks of 8-9 out of 10 (just a habit I've developed as I like to try between 3 & 5 new recipes every week!).
Everything was delicious & appealed to everyone including the faddy eaters in my family.
It's the kind of food that will always be welcome - whatever the current food fashions. Good down to earth - but not in the least bit boring - food.
What's more - and of course the most important test of any cookbook - is that the recipes all work.
I still look back on it fondly & have it, & both Mastering the Art of French Cooking books(bought around the same time) to thank for much of my knowledge & skills in cooking.
on 28 March 2011
I've had this cookbook for years and used it loads. I first used it when a student and have carried on ever since. Claire MacDonald is particularly good on desserts and puddings (the chocolate cake is amazing) and on soups (leek and bacon; leek and potato; carrot, leek and lentil; and courgette and rosemary are my personal highlights). She's got a brilliant solution for making pastry for tarts for those of us not gifted at pastry. Other highlights include: chicken breats with mango chutney and mustard; pot roast chicken; venison braised with beetroot; lamb with apricots and spices; sausage and lentil hotpotbeetroot and carrot salad; lemon curd (nice and sharp); lemon tart; cheesy scones; granary bread; brownies; hazelnut and apple chocolate cake; sultana biscuits; and walnut toffee squares. I recommend you buy it!
on 23 June 2014
highly recommend. good food, good recipes, good tips, makes you want to cook with no hassle. No need for a massive store cupboard, like you need with most celebrity cook books.