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Simple, tasty food, without the fuss.,
This review is from: Easy Meals (Hardcover)
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I've been looking for a cookbook that has easily shopped for, easily made, economical, healthy and appetising food.
I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Rachel Allen until I got this book (she's an Irish tv chef), so though the title 'EasyMeals' ticked the box, I really had no idea what to expect. Prior to this book I had been working through Jamie Oliver's '30 minute meals', which I had found (despite the name) always took about an hour to cook, certainly was not economical, and had quite a number of 'editorial' issues (phantom ingredients - things that crop up in the method that weren't in the ingredients list & vice versa).
I have found EasyMeals to be well written and full of fast simple food, as well as having some more complex dishes for when you have time/inclination. The emphasis throughout is on clear simplicity; Rachel seems to use easy to get hold of ingredients, explains the method in an easy to follow way, and doesn't use every pot and pan in the kitchen. The chapter list will give you an idea of the straightforward thinking behind the book: Store Cupboard; Fast & Fabulous; Five Ingredients or Less; One Pot; No Cook; Fuss Free Extras and Sides.
For me the best chapter is 'Store Cupboard'. It is full of ideas which you can cook in about 5-15mins with ingredients you probably already have in store - it's so nice to have somewhere to look to find ideas for nice food that I can make NOW. That said, there are plenty of dishes I would be quite happy serving up if we had friends around; it's good tasty food, without the fuss.