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Beautifully presented & easy to follow, offering up 95 'everyday' recipes,
This review is from: Bill Granger Easy (Hardcover)
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Australian chef and restaurateur, Bill Granger, has become somewhat of a household name over the years, most notably due to his television series 'Bill's Food' and his appearances on the likes of GMTV etc. With nine books already under his belt, Granger's tenth cookbook to hit the (highly competitive) shelves is entitled 'Easy'. The book was first published in August of 2012.
Like with his previous cookbooks, this latest endeavour is based around a particular idea - this one being simple, laidback and easy recipes. To quote the book's objective "Bill offers 100 fantastically mid-week-achievable dishes". Fair do's - it's a cookbook that would therefore probably appeal to most people. So how did it fair up with this goal?
Firstly, the book is split into sixteen chapters, each dealing with a particular predominant ingredient. These are:
Piece of Chicken - 18 pages (7 recipes)
Fillet of Fish - 16 pages (7 recipes)
Slab of Steak - 16 pages (6 recipes)
Leg of Lamb - 16 pages (6 recipes)
Pork Chop - 16 pages (5 recipes)
Mince & Sausages - 16 pages (6 recipes)
Pack of Pasta - 14 pages (6 recipes)
Bag of Rice - 16 pages (6 recipes)
Handful of Grains - 14 pages (6 recipes)
Sack of Potatoes - 14 pages (6 recipes)
Tin of Beans - 16 pages (7 recipes)
Slice of Cheese - 14 pages (6 recipes)
Carton of Eggs - 14 pages (6 recipes)
Apples & Pears - 14 pages (5 recipes)
Punnet of Berries - 12 pages (5 recipes)
Block of Chocolate - 14 pages (5 recipes)
Each chapter is presented awash with full-page colour shots of the dishes and related photographs chosen to make the overall presentation of the book look good. Indeed, along with the full-page photos, there's a feeling of contemporary minimalism in the presentation. It's certainly not a case of 'cram in as many recipes as you can'. Instead, the book slots in the recipes between bold and (quite frankly) immensely appetising shots of food, food and more food. So much so, that the cookbook starts to edge ever-so-slightly towards that of a coffee-table book rather than an all-out practical cookbook.
The recipes themselves are mostly straight-forward, more often than not utilising basic ingredients that you're likely to have in your fridge and cupboards. Along with having everyday ingredients for everyday dishes, the (relative) simplicity of the cooking and preparation fits in perfectly with the book's general brief.
Moreover, Granger doesn't faff around with overly colourful directions for preparing the dishes. Instead he goes for simple and easy to follow instructions, keeping it straight-forward and hassle free. Preparation and cooking time (from start to finish) for the dishes is generally around the 25 minutes to an hour mark. There are a few quicker to make dishes (such as with the 'Couscous With Feta and Cumin' recipe)as well as a number which take quite a bit longer (such as the 'Slow Roasted Lamb Leg & Chilli Relish'). But most appear to be around this length of preparation time.
We've tried out a few of the recipes so far and can strongly recommend the 'Chilli, Sausage and Broccoli Pizza' (which we added pepperoni to!), the 'Taleggio and Pancetta Baked Pasta', and the 'Tandoori Fish & Cucumber Tomato Salad'.
All in all we're really happy with the recipes offered along with the overall delivery of them. Presentation wise the book is absolutely spot on. It looks good, the dishes look mouth-wateringly appetising, and the general 'everyday' brief of the book works well for us. Pretty much all the dishes serve four people (some say 4-6), although from the few recipes we've tried out, these aren't exactly goliath portions it must be said! But then I do like big portions...
We also recommend Bill Granger's previous book 'Bill's Basics' (2010), which my wife uses and refers to all the time.