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Bill's: The Cookbook: Cook, Eat, Smile Hardcover – 9 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Home; First Edition edition (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444703900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444703900
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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'Happy food' (Delicious)

There are four branches of Bill's Cafe in the south but, if you're nowhere near one, this is a great taste of his seasonal, relaxed style of cooking and eating. (Tesco Real Food Magazine)

Bill's recipes are consistently fresh, vibrant and bursting with flavour... there's certainly something inside for everyone to cook, eat and share. One thing's for sure, this is a cookbook made for people who are in love with food. (Square Meal Magazine)

Lovingly crafted guide to a cooking year... Bill is clearly a bit of a food champion himself and his enthusiasm is evident on every page. (Mail on Sunday You Magazine)

One of the prettiest cookbooks I've seen in a while. Both the pages and the food vibrate with colour and energy. (BBC Good Food Magazine)

Bursting with vibrant colour, this is a fun celebration of good British produce. (Sainsbury's Magazine)

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This beautifully produced recipe book is the perfect showcase for the critically acclaimed Bill's Produce Store and its sumptuous, affordable food.

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I expected the book to look good and it does. What I was more interested in was the quality of the recipes. I've found them original (not in a ground breaking way but imaginative takes on old favourites) and reliably good. I've owned enough recipe books to be wary of newcomers - there's nothing more frustrating than misjudged quantities, incorrect cooking time, cheaty ingredients. These recipes are fun to cook and delicious to eat. Bill's chicken Caesar has already become a staple (I've never had better), his slow cooked lamb, although slightly more complicated, is a great improvement on other versions I've tried and the marmalade flapjacks are gorgeous - not too sweet as is so often the case. Of course there are recipes I won't be tempted by but mainly I'm excited by the prospect of cooking my way through the book. An excellent addition to my collection!
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This book is a pleasure to read, it's so much more than a bunch of recipes. It's colourful, full of life and gives me a reminder of great visits to the bill's in Lewes. A must for the kitchen and the coffee table.
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I have cooked from this book, have eaten and am still smiling! Intriguing and good fun to look at, lovely recipes with in-season vegetables and fruit, and friendly good common sense from the authors. I heard Bill on Radio 4's Midweek today, and thought he sounded as nice as his book!
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I bought this as a present, but I like it so much I will have to buy my own copy! The photos are lovely & I feel hungry just reading the recipes, I like the fact it is seasonal, with inspiring ideas on every page.
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I bought this book out of sentiment. I had spent some happy time in the shop/cafe in Lewes which is what it's all about.
It tells the story of the beginnings of the business and his passion for good local food and is beautifully illustrated.
However it hasn't inspired me to go back to it and try the recipes.
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If you've ever eaten at one of Bill's cafes you will appreciate the humour in the book, as well as the ethos and seasonality. I've only done four recipes so far (only just got the book) and they were fantastic. I'm eager to try other things as time permits.
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Most of the cookbooks you get are just a gathering of recipes, and - except for the different recipes- they seem to be all the same. This one is different. It's a cookbook that really deserves to be called "book".
The first thing you'll notice is the design of the book. It's colourful, varied and exceptional with a lot of illustrations and photographs - there is not a single page that looks like the other.
The book is well structured and divided into four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each chapter starts with a little introduction to the season. You'll find an overview featuring the seasonal "Champions" (seasonal products which are used) and the topics addressed in the chapter. These topics can be certain types of food like "spring salads" or events like "mothers day" or "halloween". There is a lot of useful information to each of the "champions" and the book gives some lovely new ideas for homemade gifts, party food or new takes on old recipes.
At the end of the book there is an index featuring the different ingredients. For those who prefer to get more of an overview, you'll also find terms like "salads, soups, icecream".

Long story short, this is by far my favourite cookbook. There are so many recipes I want to try, so many stories to read and a whole bunch of ideas to spice up everyday cooking. If you're looking for a traditional cookbook that'll give you a quick recipe the moment you ask for it, this is probably not for you. But if you want to know more about different food, backgrounds and love to get lost in a book I'll definitely recommed it.
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Having worked in origination in the printing industry for 36 years I have been involved with many cookbooks. This one far exceeds any that I can recall before with recipes being done in seasons with the produce from that season. I thoroughly recommend this as it really is 5-star
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