Modern Classics: Book 1 Paperback – 7 Oct 2002
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‘If you are anything like me…almost always hungry, almost always pressed for time, almost always in the market for a fresh idea and absolutely always put off by the daunting complexity of chefs’ recipes – Donna Hay is for you.’ R.W. Apple Jr, food critic, New York Times
‘Donna Hay is my inspiration.’ Jamie Oliver
‘Hay’s are those affordable, big, sexy paperbacks, oozing irresistible things…the photography is equally seductive.’ Independent
From the Author
Like a lot of people I know of my generation, I treasure the commonsense kind of basic cookery books that were given to us by our mothers and grandmothers, and I'll often use them for an inspirational starting point when I'm thinking of old things to cook in a new way. I also love to see a new dish with incredible staying power making its mark as a next-generation classic. And that's what the Modern Classics are a combination of an update of the timeless classics and an establishment of some new ones.
What macaroni cheese was to me, risotto will be to the children of today when they become the adults doing the cooking in the future. But who wants to see as formative and influential meal as macaroni cheese fall off the everyday meal agenda? Certainly not me. Thats why recipes for a new-look macaroni cheese and a step-by-step guide to making risotto both feature in Modern Classic Book 1, along with delicious juxtapositions such as spaghetti and meatballs and pad thai, coleslaw and tabouli, pea and ham soup and laksa. Theyre all there, as well as the basics youll need no matter whether youre cooking in retro or future classics mode how to make stock, cook rice, make pastry or a mash.
In updating the classics, Ive taken into account the different ways we cook and eat food in modern life, and the new kinds of ingredients that are now readily available. My aim was to present commonsense cookery in a modern way, so that mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers would have something practical and inspiring to give the next generation of young adults as they leave home, and enjoy a cooking revival in the own kitchens. Theres a sweet version Modern Classic Book 2 on the way, too.
Heres to a whole new generation of passionate cooks, and to a newly inspired current one!
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Top Customer Reviews
The only problem is that it doesn't have any recipes for desserts, but this will be covered in her second book "Modern Classics Book 2". Otherwise, an essential kitchen tool for the person who wants to improve and expand their cooking skills!
She doesn't muck about, she doesn't lecture (like Delia) and she sticks to the point. There are nice big pictures to show you what it'll look like at the end and there is a glossary at the back and a kit list. If you lack confidence in the kitchen or want a bible of dinner party savers then this is the book for you.
Highly recommended - I shall be buying her other books.
The book it self is easy to understand therefore easy to follow. The photos depicting the various meals reinforces that we do eat with our eyes and the other recipes in the book are delicious too.
As the title reads "Classics" but in my opinion it's more than that. I have today just purchased her Fast Fresh and Simple and will eventually get around writing a review when I've tried at least a dozen of her meals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok book. You can find these recipes in other books, which makes it less unique. Good recipes.Published 17 months ago by Pat