Cook Simple: Effortless Cooking Every Day Hardcover – 30 Oct 2007
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Diana Henry's Cook Simple is subtitled Effortless Cooking Every Day, and for some of us, the latter concept may be a little hopeful (if, that is, cooking is not one of our natural abilities). But it has to be said that Diana Henry has the ability to lead us by the hand through basic -- and more advanced -- cookery to produce results that might even be as satisfying as the recipes displayed here. The secret is transforming everyday ingredients into something more special -- with a minimum of effort. Often, when such claims are made, a little stretching of the truth is necessary -- but that's definitely not the case here. Diana Henry begins with just the basic things youll find in most cupboards -- from tuna steak, to vegetables and sausages -- and make of them something surprisingly ambitious. If this weren't enough, we are even promised free time to do other things during the cooking process -- who could ask for more? There are over 150 recipes here (gleaned by the author on her world travels), and if youre tempted by Hot and Sweet Roast Mediterranean Vegetables with Tahini Dressing -- or Baked Lime and Passion Fruit Pudding -- the wherewithal to prepare them with a minimum of fuss can be found in these pages. The photography (by Jonathan Lovekin) matches the appeal of the food, and if you can look at the latters shot of Penne with Roasted Onions, Gorgonzola and Walnuts without instantly wanting to (a) cook it, and (b) consume it, then you're made of stern stuff. There are also useful side notes for preparing other items similar to those presented in the main menus. --Barry Forshaw
"Superbly illustrated, the design of the book is clear and uncluttered" The Good Book Guide (Review for Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons)See all Product Description
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The main ingredients of each recipe are easily available, although I've had trouble getting hold of some of the minor ingredients. The book does contain website addresses for specialist suppliers and the author recommends Waitrose-unfortunately my nearest branch is an hour and a half away! Don't let this put you off though- there are still plenty of recipes with ordinary, everyday ingredients, and the book suffers less from "Londonitis" (the "pop down to your local Japanese deli" syndrome)than others. A great book, and excellent value, especially on Amazon.
Chicken baked with red onions, potatoes and rosemary
Pork Chops with plums and chinese spices
Italian sausages with purple-sprouting broccoli, chilli and penne
Roast leg of lamb with anchovy cream
Lamb stuffed with goat cheese, blush tomatoes and basil
Sea bream with lebanese herb sauce
Spaghetti with bacon, egg and smoked cheese
Goat cheese and fig salad
Warm potatoes with beans and avocado
Courgettes with ricotta, mint and basil
Scandinavian potatoes in sour cream
Peaches in rose syrup
All-in-one chocolate cake
I like the fact that this book enables me to pick whatever meat, fish, veg, etc is available and come home knowing I can produce something a little more interesting without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
What's more, she understands what it is to be a busy person who loves food but hasn't got time to spend hours in the kitchen and who is most likely to get home tired from work and quickly have to cobble something together from what they can find in the fridge or store cupboard.
Well, if you've got a pack of sausages in the fridge and some grapes in the fruitbowl you can cook the unctuous 'vine growers' sausages'. Bit of blue cheese left? Why not try penne with roasted onions, gorgonzola and walnuts? This woman's recipes have such a high hit rate! You want to try all of them - and probably will because they are definitely good enough to serve to friends at the weekend but also easy enough to cook midweek for the family.
Diana Henry deserves a much, much higher profile, although if she did you'd probably end up eating nothing else as all your friends would serve you Diana Henry all the time too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has joined my bedside pile (because it's also a plain good read) as a daily read, amazingly simple instructions written by a no fuss cook with a true understanding of real... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amanda, Warks.
This is such a useful cookery book. And was great value, too. Thank youPublished 7 months ago by Helen Baxter
I love this book - i am a full time working mum of a toddler and a teenager and this book has made meals easy and given me a little inspiration !Published 8 months ago by Noo Noo
A bit too simple. I tried the sausages and grape recipie and thought it was pretty poor. DisappointedPublished 12 months ago by sushi
Just has some great recipes in the book which can be used for everyday meals or family meals and even for those special events. The recipes are easy to read and understand. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue B
I can barely boil water without the pot burning but I have made pacific chicken, Catalan chicken, pork chops and the chocolate cake and they all turned out perfectly and were... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ailsa craig