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Leon: Ingredients & Recipes: Ingredients and Recipes Hardcover – 13 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; 01 edition (13 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915020
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.7 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proves fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy (Sunday Times Style)

I love the Leon chain. It serves really fresh fast food but the kind that's good for you. Its meatballs are amazing and it's licensed. (Gordon Ramsay)

Fantastic, gutsy, Technicolor stuff (Jay Rayner Guardian)

Leon is as sexy as a cookbook gets - stylish, interesting, and full of tempting, yet inexpensive, seasonal recipes (Delicious Magazine)

Book Description

In LEON: Ingredients and Recipes, award-winning chef and cookery writer Allegra McEvedy shares the Leon principles, which through food and the environment in which we eat it, aim to help people be happier and live longer. Bold, fun, friendly and bursting at the seams with information, this book will make you laugh out loud and above all make you want to cook and eat.

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Format: Hardcover
This book has everything I like in a cookery book. The encyclopedia of ingredients in the first half is extremely useful with the different cuts of meat and how to use them to fruits and veg and the vitamins they contain and their benefits to your health.
The second half has the recipes - from breakfasts ( a fab granola recipe) through to puddings such as as Allegra's no fail victoria sponge. All the recipes I have tried such as the beef stew and the goulash have worked and been extremely flavourful without being laden down with fat, though there are a few recipes that have cream - but not many. I had never heard about Allegra before this book but now have her previous ones on my list. I hope that the author brings out more books in the future.
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One of the most original cookbooks I've bought in a long time! Leon: Ingredients and Recipes is an absolute delight, both in terms of its recipes, which are healthy and utterly seductive, but also (and perhaps more so), it's design concept, which imaginatively reinterprets that of the Leon eateries. With its interactive pull-out elements, retro motifs, and quirky styling, it is, quite simply, the best fun you can have with a cookbook, without it actually being edible.

Heartily recommend for fans, and for those, like me, for whom the book was the inspiration for a first visit.
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This book is brilliant and a must have. For years I have enjoyed eating at Leon and now we have a book which features all the favourites. This book is not only a recipe book but is full of really useful information about the ingredients used and seasonal food - I love the stickers and charts! I have come back online to order copy for my daughter as she's off to university and armed with this book I now she will eat well!
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This book looks beautiful, like the Leon shops, and has things like stickers and fold out sections. The first section devoted to ingredients is interesting and useful, but not that different from what has appeared in many other cookbooks before - also doesn't really appear to have much bearing on the recipes that follow. Also the recipes are mainly drawn from Leon staff, which means you get a real mishmash of things, from chilli con carne (delicious) to wholemeal pizza (is this really worth devoting a page to?) and a whole load of slow cooking meals. The sausage and kale casserole = ok; the chorizo and tomato soup = delicious. Most of them are available on the Guardian website anyway!
Philosophy behind it, slow food that's good for you and tasty, is admirable, but it needs more and better recipes.
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I love this book! I think this has to be one of my favourite cookbooks. I bought it as a Christmas present for my sister as we love going to the Leon restaurants, and couldn't believe it when she also bought it for me! The first half of the book is a comprehensive glossary of food and ingredients, what's good for you, in season and where things come from. It has lovely features including pull outs and "cupboard" doors which open out. The second half is full of lovely recipes and none of them have disappointed so far. It is beautifully illustrated, witty and educational, and a must for any modern or rustic kitchen.
I would give this 6 stars if I could!
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Bought this book some time ago now, and I have to confess that though I thought it was a really attractive book, I was disappointed at first that the first half or so of it was taken up with advice about ingredients - I felt short changed on the recipes. However, i was completely wrong - if I did a cost-benefit analysis of pounds spent on the book vs meals actually prepared and enjoyed, this book beats any recipe book I have ever bought.

The recipes are (for me) not just delicious to eat, but a very good balance of being just a bit unusual, but not too difficult to make or the ingredients too hard to find. Many of the dishes have quickly become staples of our everyday dinners, and they are not only delicious but also healthy, and you can't ask for more than that!
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I've now bought four of these. Three as presents given on Christmas Day which meant conversation stopped for an hour as everyone got lost in the book! It's interesting, educational, amusing and warm. Best of all, it never patronises, which so many cookbooks seem to do.
The recipes are clear & easy to follow - made my first one yesterday. A huge success! Can't recommend this book enough.
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Really informative and well put-together book. This is the only "cook-book" I have bought for myself and usually have no interest in this sort of thing. I bought one to give as a present and after checking it out I kept it and bought another for the prezzy.
The first section on ingredients is really interesting and well written.
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