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Leon: Naturally Fast Food Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; 01 edition (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915563
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leon was voted 'Best New Restaurant' by judges Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner in the 2005 Observer food awards. There are now 33 Leon restaurants across the UK. "Leon is the future", The Times; "There's finally a place where you can have your cake and eat it", The Independent. Leon's first book, Leon: Ingredients & Recipes was a bestseller.

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Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good.When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now 33 restaurants serving over 120,000 people a week.


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By jw on 18 Jan. 2014
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We are lovers of Leon and the first book really stood out from the crowd. This book is great in parts but not in others. It has quite a few basic recipes like a fry-up which isn't really what we were looking for. Still, it does have some lovely recipes in other areas especially for the children.
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The subject of 'fast' food of late (ie. Nigella Express, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals) seems to be the zeitgeist of the moment and although I sometimes like to make an effort and cook a complex dish, more often than not I just want simple, delicious recipes I can knock up for the evening meal. I was not familiar with the Leon brand before purchasing the book but saw it in the book shop and was drawn in by the lovely cover and had a quick flick through and then ordered it as on a whim, as both the art design and the promise of 'healthy fast food' drew me in.

It is indeed beautifully produced with whimsy and nostalgia and the art design is absolutely genius. A beautifully produced book clearly written with love. However, as a cook book I am afraid I am exceptionally disappointed. The recipes are either oddly simple (Porridge with fruit?!) or obscure or random and dishes that just don't seem to be what a family would want out of a 'fast food' dinner (barbaqued squid?). So far, there are only a small handful of recipes I would ever make with a lot being 'Well, duh' and the others just not appealing. I was hoping for a slice of the clearly successful restaurant in a book and I don't think that's been achieved, instead, it's more a collection of trendy dishes provided by various trendy people (ie. Giles Coren). That's fine, but not what I bought the book for. It's also a very busy book (with one page even purposefully being printed upside down) that I found incredibly hard to follow and not well thought out when you're looking backwards and forwards between stirs.

If you love the look of a cook book and/or want a coffee table book, then this fits the bill, but if you want a book that will be well thumbed and provide a staple for your cooking I really doubt this is it. It's a classic case of style over substance and dare I say it, feels slightly smug and patronising.
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I have a made a couple of things from this book that are lovely but if you have the first book you would recognise a lot of the content, particularly from the first section.
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I love the Leon cook books. They have lots of ideas for new recipes and you can adapt them easily yourself. There's also other things to read in them, like information about what vegetables are in season etc.
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I have literally hundreds of cookbooks, have taken many courses and even cooked commercially for a time. But I can safely say that I've never made so many things out of a single book since 'How to Eat' was published. Everything has been delicious and I can recommend the 'Turkey Bolognese' as a way of cutting down the amount of red meat we eat without compromising on taste or flavour. Two favourites spring to mind: 'Burmese Cabbage' which I often make when it's just me and I want to stuff myself without too many calories and the 'Moroccan Chricken with Olives and Lemon'. This is not only superb (my Mum's second favourite dish !) but has gone down in family lore as the dish that, when served to my husband, his verdict was "that was great but you should really try to make the chicken with olives and lemon dish we had in Morocco"! Luckily this was good enough that I've made it many times again despite the helpful comments.
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Living in the north, I don't very get to visit Leon very often, so I was really excited at the thought of a new cookbook to expand my range of homecooked Leon dishes. After a rare visit to London last weekend I was hoping for the recipe for green sunshine salad - and yes its in there. The book is split in to two main parts, "fast food" and "slow fast food", the latter section being recipes are still simple to prepare but may take longer to cook, but that cooking time means you can sit down and relax. On flicking it looks like there are more recipes in the second book, I just don't know where to start:- "Coconut Chicken & petit pois curry", "Persian Onion Soup", "Leeks Viniagrette", "carrots & Beetroots with Toasted Almonds" ..... there's even a recipe so you can make your own salami ! Was hoping that the recipe for the leon pecan pie was in there, but I guess I'll have to wait for the third book. Can't wait to get into the kitchen.
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I too was excited at the prospect of a second Leon book: I think many will be. So I raced to pre-order and was initially a little over-whelmed by the zany lay-out. They've taken it to the extreme here and not a colour, novelty slogan or typeface has been spared us. I felt the actual recipes were a little lost amongst all this. However, I cracked on with getting cooking (the turnip and prune pork belly pot roast) was not disappointed. Best pork belly recipe I think I've ever tried: wonderful aromatic flavours with melt-in-your mouth meat. Perfect for an early autumn evening...mmmm
What I love about the Leon brand is literally every recipe I try turns out great: I think they are masters of delicious, (relatively) healthy, modern, of-the-moment cooking. I still don't think we need quite as many little novelties, though....or a section on how to jazz-up shop-bought ice-cream :)
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