The Kitchen Revolution: A Year of Time-and-money-saving Recipes Hardcover – 7 Feb 2008
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"This is the book that Delia should have written....based on principles that our mothers and grandmothers swore by...recipes leap off the page - it's inspiring, imaginative food" (Press Association)
"The most practical cookbook I've seen in ages...great for busy cooks" (BBC Good Food)
'If you mean to change your life in the New Year, arm yourself with the Kitchen Revolution'See all Product Description
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It's so easy to end up cooking the same old dishes week in week out but with this book you end up trying all sorts of exciting new recipes and nothing gets wasted. I really can't recommend it enough.
On the negative side, unfortunately I found that the weekly shopping estimate of £50-60 was a a bit on the low side, maybe this is because of rising food prices generally, maybe it is due to not living within easy disance of a good local market. Also you have to consider that this price is for Main meals only, it's not a full weekly shopping list, I think this is something most people had not taken into account and so their weekly bill was much higher than expected. Personally I found that ours was probably around £40-50 and we were only cooking for two. So a bit disappointing. Another problem was that I suddenly found I was spending much more time in the kitchen than I had been doing, using unfamiliar recipes can take a bit more time. another problem I found was that a few of the 'Something-for-Nothing' recipes really were not! I don't see how you can say it's a 'free' meal if you use leftover potatoes but have to buy smoked mackerel etc!Read more ›
I'd like to take issue with the reviewer below. I too have followed the shopping lists exactly. I did part of my weekly shops online but tried to get as many of the fresh ingredients from local shops - and managed to hit the budget each time. Also I found that the timings in the recipes worked perfectly (and they are laid out in a countdown format, for example '45 minutes before you want to eat' . . . which is extremely useful).
For anyone who regularly cooks for 2 or more people this is a must-buy, and for anyone who has already bought Nigella/Jamie/Delia/Nigel etc and would like a deeper trove of ideas to dig into, this will be a treat.
What a wonderful book.
I liked the fact I could go online and print off a shopping list, that's a fab idea, and some of the recipes were really good. The red chicken and the broccoli carbonara are now firm family faves. It also got me into good habits, such as reusing meat in a pie the next day. I personally found my kids would eat most of the recipes, but they are quite adventurous, or at least, obedient... it isn't a particulary child friendly book though, and my youngest struggled with some of the tastes and textures.
In the beginning, things seemed expensive, as other people mention, there are a LOT of ingredients, but the savings accumulate.... you only need to buy, say, a jar of harissa paste once, and it gets used several more times as the weeks go by.
Two things put me off, one was a quite hideous recipe, lamb's neck stew, a dish so truly appalling that the children still talk of it in hushed tones, and even my husband (who eats anything and detests wasting food) couldn't eat it. I don't know if you've ever seem a lamb's neck, I hadn't, and I never want to again. The second was the fact I had another baby (my 4th) and I find that the shopping for ingredients, and the making of the 'big meal from scratch' is beyond me at the moment.
All in all, I thought this was a worthwhile purchase, it probably saved me the cover price while I used it, and I think I'll return to it again once my baby is a little bigger. It has changed how I think about cooking, I was never a ready meal person, but I did cook 'one off' meals every night, now I find I do think about what I can use up the next day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First review I've written. Bought this book years ago now and still probably our most reached for recipe book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms Holly Crane
really well thought through book. it takes a bit of adjusting and getting used to and i would think you'd need to be a reasonable cook to begin with - otherwise you cannot make... Read morePublished 7 months ago by philip
It is a fabulous book with food inspired from different countries. It makes the best of the food and has some really lovely ideas!Published 8 months ago by Lizzie Richardson
This book promised to save me from the weekly chore (and time) of planning meals for my family for the week and to save me money by not buying fancy items you use a teaspoon of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S. Turner
This is a great idea, well executed and lovely to use. However, you will never save money when you buy the expensive ingredients!! Don't let that put you off though.Published on 2 May 2014 by S. Hussain
Excellent recipes divided into weekly groups with a shopping list. I think its a great idea & an excellent system. Well worth 5 stars as I use it daily. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Miss Moneypenny
The book was in good condition, as stated. There are some very interesting recipes and I plan to try it out this week.Published on 16 Sept. 2013 by JJ