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The Abel & Cole Cookbook: Easy, Seasonal, Organic Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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'A kitchen essential' - Country Living magazine
'Keith Abel writes passionately about eating seasonally but with an admirable lack of ponciness.' - The London Paper
'An exquisitely designed book.' - The Book Magazine
‘Packed with inspirational recipes…filled with idyllic images of the coutryside, this makes you want to live the good life.’ - She Magazine
‘This inspiring, down-to-earth recipe book will entice you into the kitchen.’ - Easy Living Magazine
‘Crammed with tasty, mouth-watering recipes celebrating the joy of quality ingredients, enjoyed in season, at their best.’ - Organic Life Magazine
About the Author
Keith Abel is the charismatic owner of Abel & Cole, the UK's biggest organic home delivery service. He lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Hampshire and is passionate about enjoying good, wholseome food. He has won a Queen's award for sustainable development in industry.
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All the recipes are uncomplicated and unpretentious.Punchy Leeks and Goats' Cheese on Toast is as simple as it gets but very tasty. Equally easy is Baked Strawberries with Honey Whipped Cream - delicious!
These are clearly recipes which are part of the fabric of Abel family life. Try Lamb with Courgette, Lime and Ginger or Venison Sausages with Colcannon and Wild Mushroom Sauce. Both are straightforward recipes with great flavours, sufficiently different to make dinner more interesting.
If this has so far failed to win you over, this book is worth buying for the coleslaw recipe alone. As Keith Abel says, it will knock your socks off!
I decided to cook up Roasted Squash and Wild Rocket Risotto for me and my girlfriend and, although we don't get organic boxes to our door, there is a nearby farmer's market that provided everything I needed for this easy-to-follow recipe.
I've made risotto in the past and it can go really wrong but Keith Abel's tell-it-like-it-is approach to cooking gave me the confidence to have another stab at it. The food was really rich but definitely delicious and earned me lots of brownie points...
I'd recommend this book to anybody who loves great food but doesn't want to waste time faffing over fiddly preparation. Plus it's particularly good if, like me, your partner is a strict veggie but you enjoy a nice bit of meat - I'll try the Calcutta Lamb Burger recipe for myself next!
There are, however, lots of practical tips and delicious recipes - as well as useful suggestions for what to do with the more obscure items in my weekly Abel and Cole box.
Unlike many of my cookery books which clutter the shelves looking beautiful under a layer of dust, this one gets picked up regularly. There's always something tasty to satisfy my mood, whether it's exciting and unusual, or soulful and comforting. And if I want to jazz up the sorry, shrivelled veg lurking at the back of the fridge, this book will always have a good suggestion.
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