In the Mood for Food Paperback – 25 Jan 2007
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'If you're anything like us, what you eat depends on what mood you
are in - which is why this cookery book is so handy! It is jam-packed with
dishes for any occasion.' -- OK!
'This book stands out as one packed with good advice and dishes
real young women will want to make. Treat yourself, treat your best friend
and treat your sister.' -- Time Out
'This could well become your favourite ever cookbook. . . Jo
Pratt's book is just bursting with fabulous dishes you'll be deperate to
try out, and its gorgeous design means it's very stylish too.' -- Heat
From the Publisher
I Love this book. Jo could have written it entirely with my
lifestyle in mind . . . she can see that sometimes I am too hungover to
move let alone cook elaborate things; she seems to know that I have really
great intentions at least once a month and has given me brilliant lunch box
ideas and healthy suppers. And she has also spotted the exhibitionist in
me; sometimes, I really want to convince people that I am a genius in the
kitchen and with Jo's help, I can! I can't stop cooking her chocolate
brownies either so she now knows my good intentions rarely last. Finally I
have found an author who really speaks my language . . . Camilla Stoddart,
Cookery Editor at Penguin
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Top Customer Reviews
It's motivated me to get my kitchen utensils back out and stop relying upon Leon for my meals. My mum's definitely receiving a copy for mother's day too.
I didn't like the layout which is divided into sections based on mood e.g. In the Mood for Being Healthy, In the Mood for some Comfort, In the Mood for Romance. Some of these chapters contain complete menus which some might find useful. This sort of structure just doesn't work for me - I would rather have all starters, mains, etc in one place, so that when I'm flicking through, looking for inspiration for a particular course, I can rapidly see everything. I found it particularly annoying that desserts were spread out all through the book, especially when there already was a chapter called 'In the Mood for Something Naughty but Nice' containing puds, cakes, etc.
The recipes themselves are fine, although I felt that there was a preponderance of desserts, puddings and various types of drinks and comparatively few main course dishes. To give you a flavour of the recipes here is a selection. Main courses include Chianti baked meatballs; a very nice cheese, onion & potato pie; tomato, ricotta & basil tart; parmesan-crusted chicken with avocado salad; creamy caramelized onion & parmesan pasta. Soups included frozen pea & mascarpone soup; cauliflower cheese soup; chilled watermelon & pepper soup.Read more ›
This book is just fabulous, really girly, an ideal present for any girl leaving home. It is really nicely laid out with lovely colour photos and pretty patterns on each page. Even if you're not an avid cook it'd still make a lovely book for the coffee table!
The book is laid out in 6 sections, or moods as Jo calls them.
In the mood for:
- Being Healthy
- Something Naughty but Nice
- Some Comfort
- Being Lazy
- Being Extravagant
- Being Romantic
I think it's a really novel idea as I tend to always flick to the 'lazy' section! There's also a full index for when you're looking for a recipe or by ingredient.
It covers every aspect of cooking as well, from dinner party diet food to cooking for one and is a great all rounder.
The book is really laid back with a little intro for each recipe and a PS section that explains alternative ingredients to add to the recipe or idea for side dishes. There is also a wine recommendation at the bottom of each page so you get a wine guide and cookbook in one!
If you're anything like me and you cook the same dozen recipes over and over then this book is excellent as it has twists on old favourites and some adventurous recipes too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book contains the odd few recipes that really sound amazing but many are really quite simplistic, boarding on daft to even have them as a recipe. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by las_lorien
I bought Jo Pratt's Madhouse Cookbook and use it almost everyday. I saw this one and thought I would try it out and have not bern disappointed. Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by JKH
This is a fab cookbook, full of lovely things you want to rush out and try, my son had seen this book at my daughters and asked me to buy a copy --- when he left home -- he took it... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by ruth gartland
Not nearly as good as her entertaining book and struggled to find a recipe that appealed.
But do like that all recipes have good photographs
LOve it, love it, love it! Jo writes excellent recipes and I like the way she tells her story through the recipes. Great food!Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by Jackie Edwards
Really good book with loads of receipes that you will actually use. All of the receipes actually work and taste really nice and can even deal with fussy children. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2011 by Amazon Customer
Yhis is a fantastic book. I have already tried out several recipes and shall continue to try more! It's very comprehensive and I just love reading it.Published on 10 Sept. 2010 by Maureen Rowe
Brilliant book, brilliant food, recipies and photos.
Have had this book for about 1 year and I regularly dip into it. Read more