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Modern Classics: Book 1 Paperback – 7 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007148704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007148707
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.9 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. That’s 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. They’re all there, as well as the basics you’ll need no matter whether you’re cooking in retro or future classics mode – how to make stock, cook rice, make pastry or a mash.

In updating the classics, I’ve 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. There’s a sweet version – Modern Classic Book 2 – on the way, too.

Here’s to a whole new generation of passionate cooks, and to a newly inspired current one!

Donna.

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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have had this book for several months now and unlike every other cookbook on my shelf, it really has been used and is beginning to look a bit dog-eared! The recipes are great and easy to follow, there are no "strange" or "hard to find" ingredients. You will find simple recipes like how to cook a roast, to how to make Thai Green Curry (one of the best recipes for Thai Green Curries I've ever found). Even the basics are covered, like how to cook great rice and make great mashed potatoe.
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!
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This book is a joy to look at with stylish, mouthwatering pictures accompanying every recipe. But it is also a joy to use with simple, clear instructions and lots of hints and tips. For novice cooks, it gives you the confidence to try dishes which look impressive but are really quite simple. For those who are more confident in the kitchen, there are lots of ideas here that can be adapted depending on what you happen to have in your cupboard at the time. I often turn to it for inspiration for quick supper dishes as well as for more special meals. Recipes are grouped by common ingredients, with chapters on pasta, pulses, salads etc, and by regions, with chapters on mediterranean and asian cooking. The premise of the book is that it gives a modern twist on traditional old favourites. Donna Hay certainly achieves this - and gives heaps of inspiring new ideas as well, which will have you itching to get cooking and eating!
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This is how cookbooks should be written. The recipes are short, without any preamble about good the result will taste, and give you the highlights of what is the most important part of the recipe. The recipe for French onion soup is one of the best that I have ever used and produces perfect results every time. My wife, who is a self confessed non-cook, made the cheese soufflé - trust me on this: soufflés are the Everest of dishes! - and it was perfect and absolutely delicious.
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.
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I bought this book many moons ago (2001) in a closing down shop for peanuts!! I at this point in life never heard of this author/chef. There is one recipe that my friends and family love and that is her lasagne. It is absolutely amazing. The simplicity of the flavours work very well.

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.
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Great and I received it on expected time . This is a marvellous book and the service has been very good.
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