- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (11 Oct. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841881589
- ISBN-13: 978-1841881584
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cranks Fast Food: For Vitality And Health Paperback – 11 Oct 2001
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About the Author
Nadine Abensur was born in Morocco to French-Jewish parents. She draws on a rich culinary heritage to create delicious recipes with flavours broadly influenced by the Middle East and Mediterranean. She worked in restaurants around the world before setting up her own vegetarian catering company, Culinary Arts. For five years, she was the Food Director of the UK vegetarian restaurant group, Cranks. Nadine now divides her time between London and Australia, where she runs cookery courses and and a small catering business. She also owns art piece gallery near Byron Bay, another string to her creative bow.
Top Customer Reviews
I was given this book for Christmas, and am really enjoying it. I already have the Cranks Bible, and was relieved to find that none of the recipes are duplicated here.
The recipes really are very quick and easy to make. Many of them use things that you would already have in your kitchen - for example there is a surprisingly tasty soup made from frozen peas, a very easy recipe for spanakopita, etc. For a novice cook (like me!) it is very encouraging to have such delicious results from so little effort. The recipes are much more simple than those in the Cranks Bible, and Abensur doesn't expect me to make pastry from scratch - the book is very accepting of the fact that ready-made pastry or pasta is the more realistic option.
My only complaint would be that although the recipes are quick to make, some of them call for a range of ingredients that would take hours to shop for. Unless you live in a big metropolitan city like London, this really slows things down. That said, this is only the case with a few of the recipes in the book, and they do look awfully good and are probably worth it.
Abensur's style is very readable - often she give hints in the recipe which would give you ideas for adapting it in new ways. This is really a cook's book - but for people who are just starting. I love it.
If you are looking at his book as a Christmas present then that gives just enough time to try the wonderful seasonal delight of Jerusalem artichokes with red wine and Gruyere. The best place to find these is always small fruit and veg shops as you don't really see them in the supermarket other than Sainsbury's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as I have vegetarians to stay quite often, and found it useful. A few more pictures would be helpful.Published on 19 Feb. 2013 by J
This book is fully in the Cranks Tradition; inspirational!
the recipes are excellent and straight forward, and the Author's suggestions for a "Basic Kit" are absolutely on the... Read more
I got this book as a wedding present and was looking forward to easy meals for me and my new husband. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2002 by Sarahgal