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5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical - lives up to its name!, 26 July 2013
This review is from: The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need: 4 Ways to Cook Almost Everything (Paperback)
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This is the most excited I've ever felt about a cookery book.

I like both the concept & its presentation. Each two-page spread contains 4 recipes which are linked by a food type (such as 'risotto' or 'savoury pies') or a central ingredient (from 'pork chops' to 'frozen peas'). Thus it's easy to find great ideas whether searching by meal types or just by ingredients you have sitting around which you want to use up. The variety is also impressive - main meals, desserts, drinks & even toast toppings!

Each 2-page spread consists of one page of photographs & another containing the 4 recipes. Because of this economy of space, the instructions are very concise, with usually 2-3 (and never more than 4) steps per recipe. Which reflects how most people cook on a day-to-day basis anyway. When I first opened the book, I initially found this a little intimidating as I'm not the most experienced cook in the world, so like to have explanations of some of the terms used. But actually its defied expectations by - counter-intuitively - giving me more confidence in the kitchen, liberating me from my tendency to get too bogged down in the details & not dare stray from the instructions.

And don't let the brevity deceive you either. While the author says that his emphasis is on day-to-day recipes, there's nothing here which I wouldn't be pleased to be served if I was ever on Come Dine With Me!

If you have the confidence to get your hands dirty & find out by experimentation, then this really is the only cookbook you'll ever need. If you're brand new to cooking & would like more reassurance, then I'd recommend picking up something by Deliah as well. In which case you'll only need two.
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