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Leon: Ingredients & Recipes: Ingredients and Recipes
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2009
This book looks beautiful, like the Leon shops, and has things like stickers and fold out sections. The first section devoted to ingredients is interesting and useful, but not that different from what has appeared in many other cookbooks before - also doesn't really appear to have much bearing on the recipes that follow. Also the recipes are mainly drawn from Leon staff, which means you get a real mishmash of things, from chilli con carne (delicious) to wholemeal pizza (is this really worth devoting a page to?) and a whole load of slow cooking meals. The sausage and kale casserole = ok; the chorizo and tomato soup = delicious. Most of them are available on the Guardian website anyway!
Philosophy behind it, slow food that's good for you and tasty, is admirable, but it needs more and better recipes.
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on 20 August 2010
I bought this having had a flick through it in a Leon restaurant and seeing some instantly appealing recipes.

I like the Leon chain, I like the ethos and I think it looks great - really lovely branding. The food is good, fresh, pretty healthy and a massive improvement on typical fast food. I feel the same way about the book - there are a couple of really nice ideas and it all looks really lovely.

All in all, a nice book, good for a mid-week supper - the day to day really.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2009
No doubt this is a handsome book - very colourful and visually pleasing. I suppose my disappointment came with the recipes. I assume that anybody buying this book has more than a passing interest in cookery and will be experienced in many cuisines and cooking techniques. With that in mind I'm surprised that we are given such basic recipes including as sausage and bean casserole, a curry, a tagine and spaghetti in tomato sauce of which I can find more authentic recipes in other books I own.
That said, the saving grace of this book has to be the collection of drinks and smoothies all of which will be lovingly prepared in my kitchen this summer.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2011
I've tried a few recipes from this book and they've all turned out well, but I've found some of the recipes difficult to follow. Many of them require more than a little interpretation.

A fish recipe, for example, is full of notes like "cook as described back a page" (not great when your hands are covered in fish) and "fold the bottom edge of the foil over the fish to meet at the top" - at the top of what?

That said, with a little improvisation the dishes are delicious.
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