- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (28 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848990634
- ISBN-13: 978-1848990630
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013
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'Home-cooked food that's tasty and stress-free - this is Jo's guide for busy parents' Jamie Oliver
About the Author
Jo Pratt is an acclaimed food stylist, writer and presenter. She has written for Elle, Weekend, Sainsbury's Magazine, Olive, BBC Good Food and Glamour, for which she was Food Editor, as well as the BBC Food, Good Food Channel and Good To Know websites. She regularly appears on UK TV, including Saturday Kitchen and Daily Cooks Challenge, and works with many food brands.
Top Customer Reviews
The absolute best bit about this book is that at the bottom of each page is another short recipe suggesting ways to transform any left overs or ingredients into something else so essentially you have two recipe books for the price of one. Some of these "extras" are really worthy of their own full page - like the chocolate truffles.... yum! Tonight I'm cooking her veg chilli but as suggested at the bottom of the page, we will be having it with tacos rather than rice. My children aren't big fans of rice but really love eating a meal when they can help themselves to different filings and toppings and generally eat more this way. Jo has encouraged me to make my own guacamole, humus and other dips which I had no idea were so simple to put together and these are becoming a key feature with our weekend lunches. They go really well with a tortilla wrap, lightly brushed with olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika, cut up in triangles, baked and then used to fob off the children that they are doritos!Read more ›
I've tried a few recipes so far and they have been perfect - a hit with everyone in the family, from husband to toddler and 7 month old baby. She might even dethroned Fay Ripley in my "Family Food Cookbook" shelf!
Definitely buying her other books now.
Despite speed and simplicity being the key for recipes in this book, quality is not sacrificed and neither are the recipes a variation upon a theme, using a mass of pre-prepared and pre-packaged ingredients. Of course, some shortcuts and prepare-ahead tips are provided but they still conform to the author's core values. The book is split into three key parts - Monday to Friday Survival, The Busy Weekend and Cling On To Your Social Life - with many chapters giving great advice and recipes in a chatty, informative, light style. No long navel-gazing essays here!
Full praise is due for how the recipes are presented! Someone has been listening! Measurements in both imperial and metric, a clear guide to portion sizing and even an estimation of preparation and cooking time. An essential pre-requisite for the stressed, harassed cook. Information boxes are spread throughout giving even more hints and tips to save time, save ingredients and to save money too. Photography used within is of a high quality and engaging, it is just a shame that not every recipe gets its own photograph.
Just browsing through the recipes finds some old favourites and some rather curious new things to try as well. One-Pan Hot-smoked Salmon Biryani or Ricotta, Parma Ham, Avocado & Chilli Croissants anyone? Make no mistake, whilst these recipes are family friendly they are absolutely not just recipes for children. You could serve many of these dishes for friends at an informal gathering too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
some great little time savers but haven't tried the dinner party style one's yet. not all have healthier options ....Published 7 months ago by Mrs N Prabhu
Sister in law loves this book! She said she has made most of the recipes and thinks they are all great and easy and quick to do as a new mum.Published 13 months ago by fk2015
This is one if my weekly survival cook books - I love it and the whole family it from it!!!Published 13 months ago by michele philp
I have cooked a third of the recipes in this book and so far have not had a flop! They are all good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by N Frizzell
This book is great for family meals and adult meals. Jo Pratt uses a refreshing blend of ingredients and makes even the most daunting looking recipe simple and delicious. Read morePublished 17 months ago by E. Allan
Great recipe book for family meals. I've tried out loads and they've all gone down well with everyone.Published 17 months ago by peppa pig
Tasty recipes that the kids enjoy. Would recommend. Good addition to cookbook collection.Published 19 months ago by Reviewer