on 17 September 2013
Rachel Allen is a well-known TV chef hailing from Dublin. She has released many recipe books throughout her career, and this most recent one is based around one of her shows, and is described on the cover as a collection of everyday simple meals.
My first impression was of a comprehensive collection of recipes, and unlike some books, there were a large number of them that caught my eye. Being someone who is quite a picky eater, this is a rarity.
Following the obligatory introduction, there is some instruction about preparing ahead, freezing, and making your own stock. Some useful tips in there, so don't skip it. The recipes themselves are broken into useful chapters such pizza, fish, and poultry etc.
The recipes are largely savoury, being only the final chapter that covers sweet things. As I have a sweet tooth, I would have liked to have seen a few more dessert recipes, but Rachel has dedicated whole books to this topic, so I am not too disappointed. My favourite recipes were Easy Arancini, Caramelised Onion and Rosemary Bread, and Slow Roasted Pork Belly.
There are plenty of delightful photos, all of which seem to have a summery tone, saturated with colours and light. There were only a few recipes that didn't appear to have a picture. For me, a recipe book that is light on pictures is a deal breaker.
The cover describes the recipes within as simple. While I wouldn't say this book would suit a complete novice, anyone with some experience will easily follow the straight forward instructions.
Overall, it is a good collection of recipes, but I must be honest and say that some of the ingredients, I have a hard time believing could be considered `everyday'. Some of the ingredients such as saffron or clams, are decidedly not everyday in my opinion.
on 19 September 2013
I bought this book because I owned every Rachel Allen cookery book and watch her shows regularly.I love her recipes.she includes variety of recipes from all over the world.Everyday kitchen has lots of good recipes I marked at least 30 to try.I cook from Rachel,s other books almost every day.the reason I gave it 4 stars is because I don,t find the ideas and tips for freezing or meal planning new and inspirational .any home cook who is cooking for years uses them unconsciously . I think biggeners will find them informative.Rachel's home cooking has more and better tips than this book.for those people who like pictures of finished food this book has photos of almost every recipe and very few Rachel,s and her family's pictures.there would be hardly 4,5 pictures of her and her family. This book is split into 9 chapters.
1.pizza and bread
2.fish and shellfish
4.eggs and cheese
5.Beef and lamb
6.ham and pork
7.pulses,grains and pasta
In introduction she is telling us about1. meal planning2.,cooking ahead and in batches,3.storing and freezing,4.one meal turned into many for example Sunday chicken roast left over can be turned into a casserole .or the carcass can be turned into a stock.there are very few lunch box ideas as well.there are some home made stock receipts as well .each recipe has symbols for variation,prep ahead and storage,serves more less and left overs.
Some of the recipes are following.
Pinwheels,pesto,tapenade,potato pizza,tomato pizza,flat bread with bean dip,lamb pizza ,cheesy chorizo dough balls,white yeast bread,three cheese bread,smoked salmon asparagus risotto ,easy arancini,potato smoked salmon dill tart,fish curry,smoked mackerel tart,cherimoya fish tagine,smoked haddock pie,fish gratin next day you can make fish cakes from the leftover gratin.prawn bisque,prawn and asparagus spaghetti.roast chicken, chicken and. Ham pie with potato topping,spat chock chicken,roast chicken pieces,Spanish chicken,some duck recipes.frittatta, bread gratin,cheese tomatoe tart.meatballs pasta,pasta with ragu sauce,classic lasagne,enchiladas,steak fajitas,lamb kofta tagine,slow rost lamb,pull lamb baps ,pearl barley and lamb broth ,shepherd pie ,quinoa salad, golden couscous ,broad beans and courgette pasta, pilaff rice ,red lentil soup,mashed potatoes ,sesame pakchoi ,bubble and squeak ,panzanella ,broccoli orzo salad ,cheesy kale bake,stuffed butternut squash,crispy swede bake butternut squash soup ,roasted butternut squash,summer vegetables with tarragon ,root veg gratin.some ham recepies.
Some ingredients are a bit expensive.
In sweet section there are
Summer fruit compote Summer fruit jelly. Orange swirl loaf. Pancakes with orange butter. Bread and butter pudding plum pie. Frangipane. Upside down cake. Butterscotch apple pudding. Quick millionaire shortbread.
Double choc chip cookies. Choc cookies and cream cheese cake Swedish cookies. Apple custard tart. French toast. Meringue iced meringue cake etc..
This book has very good recipes .
I've never heard of Rachel Allen; it was a promo price which tempted me to buy this book. I'm delighted with my purchase. The book's well set out and easily navigable on iPad, with appetising colour photos.
At the beginning, there's a table of contents which lists not only the recipes, but is also broken down into subheadings including meat dishes, egg and cheese dishes, fish etc. so it's easy to choose a food type and then look at recipes for that specific ingredient. The recipes are very easy to follow and make excellent use of leftovers. Even Bubble and Squeak becomes a main cooked from scratch if you wish! In total, there's about 100 recipes. This book was on offer at pence, but I'd certainly be tempted to look at other books by Rachel Allen as I like her easy going no nonsense approach. Brilliant value.