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on 15 November 2012
I've been a fan of Hamlyn cookery books since I was given their "All Colour Cook Book" as a wedding present umpteen years ago (still in use). The recipes in that book as well as the current '200' series are nearly always quick and simple while generally reliable and often original.
A basic knowledge of cookery tends to be assumed but there's rarely anything to present great difficulty for beginners. Text is kept to a minimum and experienced cooks will be pleased not to be treated as novices. It really would be helpful if they warned you up-front when a recipe required an element of advance preparation such as marinating, but that's a complaint I have about most cookery books.
This particular book is wide-ranging and well-illustrated. Don't expect big, glossy, mouth-watering images, but you'll always get a good idea of what you're aiming for. If your efforts don't match the photo, blame yourself, not the recipe! The layout, with a full-page photo on every right-hand page, lends itself to flicking through for inspiration.
There are some terrific recipes here, including accompaniments such as salads and desserts, and plenty of general advice. At the price, the book represents great value for barbecue-meisters.