17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautiful book
First a confession. I am a bit of a baking fanatic. I have countless baking and pudding books and like to try new recipes as often as I can. Leon: Baking & Puddings is the heftiest of my baking books at more than 300 pages. It is also one of the best designed: the layout is clean and easy to follow but fun with lots of lovely little elements and a sort of homey scrapbook...
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by supergolden88
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
my 16 yr old son bought this out of his pocket money. he loves Leon. He can cook. 3 recipes we have tried simply do not seem to work. They say they are tested but we have found places where ingredients do not then appear in recipe - feel it is written in a rush, just for the sake of writing a book. My son disappointed and feels he wasted his pocket money. He has lost...
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by Lucy Wing
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)This was bought as a present for a big Leon fan. She loves this book and has the others too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)Great book, one of three Leon books. Good recipes and entertainingly written..have the other two too. ! What else to say?
4.0 out of 5 stars So Useful,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)This is a great book and we have tried quite a lot of the recipes already. Especially good for cakes that do not use ordinary flour. Will have to try the other books in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh LEON!,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)My wife and I bought this book for our son for Christmas. Both he and my wife really think the LEON cook books are fabulous! This is the 3rd one we have bought and find them brilliant to just sit and read, and the recipes are great. Easy to make and very tasty. I'm not a cook but I can appreciate good food! We'll definitely buy the next one too.
5.0 out of 5 stars To dip in and out of,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)Claire Ptak and Henry Dimbleby's joint effort is the third outing for cafe chain Leon with Leon Baking and Puddings.
A big solid book with twin ribbon book marks (these always make books look wonderful), the inside is an eclectic mix of graphics, vintage photography and funky page layouts.
Recipes are chatty with credentials from granny or ancient aunts in many cases; this book is a rare breed that makes you laugh as you turn the pages (for the right reasons).
A harlequin leapfrogging a jelly, mini footballers scaling a meringue, Desperate Dan cow pie with horns, it sounds ridiculous but it works. There's even a groovy page full of stickers at the back. This is the kind of book you could keep dipping into and notice something you hadn't seen before. One of my favourites of the year.
4.0 out of 5 stars great guns,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)A beautifully illustrated cookbook, I bought it as a gift for an excellent baker and it was very well recieved.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really disappointing,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)I had great hopes for this book - I live out in the sticks, where Leon will never open a branch - and I hoped to be able to make the lovely food I enjoy during my occasional trips to London. In particular, I was hoping for the recipe for Leon's (gorgeous) lemon and ginger crunch bars. But there was no sign of this recipe at all, and surprisingly few recipes that are recognisable from the food on sale in branches of Leon. One that the authors did feel it worthwhile to include was the recipe for their chocolate mousse- even though this recipe is already available in book 1. Really, what is the point of this?
I don't think it is unreasonable, when buying a book affiliated to a restaurant or cafe, to expect it to include recipes for the food they actually sell... Unless the book is a cynical attempt to use public affection for a brand to offload a lot of so-so recipes..
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon 3 - amazing,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)I love all things that acquire me to cook and eat sweet and savoury food and when I got the chance to review this cookery book I jumped on it. I have always loved Leon's cookery books and this one is no exception.
I remember as a kid my mum had this fantastic cookery book that had recipes dedicated to holidays throughout the year. I love that Leon 3 is reminiscent of my childhood. However, this cookery book is so much more than a childhood fantasy, it's real.
The chapter dedicated to power snacks is amazing, I especially loved cooking Nana Goy's Cranberry flapjacks, both my boyfriend and I couldn't stop eating them. We also loved Maggie's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The next recipe to try out is the Technicolour Dream Cake, ideal for my Granddad's birthday next week.
Go out and buy this book, it's wonderful. I think I am going to pop down to Carnaby Street soon and check out the Leon restaurant.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-complicated & rather disappointing.,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)This looks like a great book and has some good information in it, but many of the recipes are impractical.
I'm a coeliac and I'm used to tweaking recipes to suit my diet - it is nice to see a book that embraces those of us who have to (or who choose to) eat gluten free. That is a positive.
Sadly many of the recipes are complicated where they really don't need to be, you can make wonderful, simple, delicious versions of the dishes with fewer ingredients.
Also some contain ingredients you may be able to get in the trendy health food shops in the nicer parts of London but out here in the sticks you are never going to find them.
I love to grow my own food and use honey from my neighbour's bees and keep everything I do as local and natural as possible - sadly many of the ideas and recipes in the Leon book for Baking and Puddings take me away from that.
Really rather disappointed.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not useful!,
This review is from: Leon: Baking & Puddings (Hardcover)I bought this having enjoyed Leon's first offering and because I'm a baking fanatic, but this must be the least useful book I own on baking. It is beautifully presented like the other books and has a similar feeling of friends contributing their favourites which is nice to read, but I haven't cooked anything from this book and don't feel I will. This is mainly because of the difficulty in sourcing ingredients and because of my lack of inclination for cooking with agave syrup or making nut butters. I would recommend this book if you have particular intolerances or are looking for vegan recipes as it seems to cater well to those not using standard baking ingredients, but for me, replacing sugar and chocolate with healthier alternatives seems to take some of the joy out of baking!
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Leon: Baking & Puddings by Claire Ptak (Hardcover - 12 Sep 2011)