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The 30-minute Cook: Best of the World's Quick Cooking Hardcover – 12 Sep 1994

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st edition edition (12 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718137523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718137526
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nigel Slater is the author of Real Fast Food, Real Fast Puddings, The 30-Minute Cook, Real Food, Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries. Real Fast Food was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award while The 30-Minute Cook was nominated for both the Glenfiddich and Julia Child Awards. In 1995 he won the Glenfiddich Trophy and he has twice won the Cookery Writer of the Year Award as well as being named Media Personality of the Year in the 1996 Good Food Awards. He is the Observer's food writer and he writes a monthly column for Observer Food Monthly. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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I am Chinese, we eat enormous amount of food and our cooking takes a lot of work. so when I moved to London and had to do everything by myself, and having to deal with buying ingredients which are quite alien to me, I thought I needed some help.
I had owned cookbooks that looked pretty on shelves, and I know how useless I am with them. so I set out to get a book I can manage. I never looked back. I have bought other books since, but for some reason, Slater is the only one that gives me success stories one after the other. nothing in it is in the "too hard to tackle" category.
If you are new to cooking, it is simple to use and easy to perfect; if you are a seasoned cook, the refreshing approach to useing a variety of ingredients instead of sticking to everything by the book makes one feel good - afterall, we cook with whats around the kitchen, how often do we make a special trip to get ingredients for a fast meal?
love it, love it. I must say I have never believed in celebrity cooks, but Slater is in a class of his own.
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Don't be put off by Nigel Slater's recent transformation from cookery writer to telly-chef. He is still at heart a writer, and this is a highly readable, excellent collection of recipe ideas, far more entertaining than those produced by the rather po-faced Delia or painful Ainsley.... The recipes, arranged in groups around a single main ingredient you might have picked up on your way home from work, are short and simple, perfect for cooking yourselves a quick supper, but are also seriously tasty enough for a Sunday lunch or even a dinner party. The recipes also cover just about every type of cuisine - there are some great Moroccan, Indian and Thai-influenced dishes as well as Italian and French. There are lots of options around the basic ideas, so there are plenty of ways to ring the changes. Slater is less concerned with elaborate techniques and far more interested in the quality of his raw materials, giving excellent advice on the type of ingredients to look for and to avoid. I have eaten more often from this book than any other in my (now considerable) collection - and have been disappointed less often than with any other. The fantastic 30-minute lemon roast chicken recipe alone justified buying it for all my friends, not to mention the herbed salmon, crispy scallops and bacon, and Goanese marinated prawns......
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..in less time that it takes to deliver a takeaway!
It's the kind of book that no matter how bare my cupboard is, somehow I can always scrape together the ingredients for one of the recipes.
No fuss, no mess and does exactly what it says on the tin. Nigel is about enjoying the eating, not hating the cooking. Easy to follow and flexible - if you don't exactly have all the ingredients, he suggests some alternatives so you can improvise.
The perfect book for the first time cook and experienced cheffers alike!
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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2005
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I bought the book with the strength of review. I had never heard of Nigel Slater (sorry Nigel) but now people will hear this name! The recipes are absolutely fabulous. If you are looking for an easy to prepare, no-nonsense book, this is it. The end result is very professional tasting dish. I am very impressed and buying all of Nigel's books. I cannot say enough about his writing. And I am reading a cookbook and I would laugh out loud, getting weird looks from my husband. Buy and read to find out.
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The best cook book I own, every recipe works, is delicious and does take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Nigel Slater really does know his stuff.
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I cannot recommend this book enough.If you get in from work at 6.30,like me, starving hungry , you can have a truly fabulous meal ready in no time. Every recipe I've tried has been a real winner. Good enough for any dinner party too. "Real fast food" is an excellent buy also.Money well spent.
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I absolutely love this book and recommend it all my friends. The recipes are simpled and uncomplicated. The ingredients are easily sourced and the results are fantastic. I own a number of cook books - this is the one I enjoy cooking from the most. Its perfect for everyday cooking, nothing takes too long and the instructions are easy to follow.
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I love Nigel Slater. It's not just a cookery book, but a book you genuinely want to read. He is such a brilliant writer, and the recipes are great. I've even modified a few of them, just as Nigel suggests, and they are still great. I highly recommend it.
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