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A great surprise!,
This review is from: What's for Dinner?: Easy and delicious recipes for everyday cooking (Hardcover)
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I'm always wary about celebrities who try their hand at writing a book whether it's a novel or a cookbook. But in the case of this book I was pleasantly surprised from the first page.
The book is divided into 8 chapters. We have one for each weekday, Weekends, Cornershop and Sides. Within each chapter is a mix of recipes and snacks for lunch and tea as well as a few for puddings and breakfast.
Every recipe has a full page, colour picture to show you exactly what you're cooking. This is a definite plus point from me as I dislike books where there are only pictures for every second recipe or none at all.
The recipes are so easy to follow. They tell you how many people the recipe will feed, your preparation time, cooking time and it states whether leftovers can be frozen. The ingredients list is in grams (for the most part) and the steps to complete the recipe are concise and clearly numbered.
At the top of the recipe there's a little blurb that explains the reason behind the recipe or just simply tells a little story. There's not too much of this and they are fairly amusing on occasion.
Some recipes have time tips, baby biz (to make it edible for babies), storage stuff, kids stuff (to make it suitable for kids) at the end which is a nice extra.
Other than recent books by Bill Granger (Bill's Basics and Best of Bill) I don't think I've come across a cookery book where I can honestly see myself making a good deal of the recipes. The recipes are down to earth and tasty with none of the usual 'fancy for the sake of being fancy'. My mum has even borrowed my copy and I doubt I'll see it back for a while. Highly recommended for both the novice cook looking for great family meals or the experienced cook looking for something simple to whip up for the family. 5 stars.