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In the Mood for Food Paperback – 25 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (25 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148584
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The layout for this book is what inspired me to buy it, the recipes split into sections such as things to cook when you are feeling lazy, things to cook when you want to be healthy etc. I have only owned this book for a month & have already made 6 or 7 of the dishes, every single one of them was a winner. Particular favourites being the chianti baked meatballs & slow roast honey & ginger duck. Dishes thast look & taste amazing but so simple to make, this book is suitable for a novice right up to an expert. I have already bought this book as a gift for 2 of my friends & others can expect it too!
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I have spent the last week making various thing from this fantastic book- my colleagues at work are now all putting it on their christmas lists as a result.(and going on diets as a result of all the taste testings they have been doing!) The recipes are simple, straightforward, inspiring and DIFFERENT. I am a mad recipe book collector, but find so many books incredibly repetitive in style, either that or really pretentious. I think it would make a great present as well.
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I bought this book only two weeks ago, initially because I liked the design and finish when I picked it up in the bookshop. I'd been looking for something to revive my interest in the kitchen after the excess of Christmas. The recipes are really clearly laid out and I love the way they're organized into different states of mind. The author really encourages you to try everything and it's a little like having a friend in the kitchen showing you how to make that great tasting, impressive dish they always seem to whip up when you pop round and you've always wanted to know how to make.

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.
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I don't know which I want to eat more - the food in Jo's book or the book itself! The presentation of this book is so moreish and the recipes are easy to follow, delicious and perfect for all occasions. This is a book to grace your shelves if no other!
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After seeing Jo on Saturday Cooks! making an easy salmon and noodle dish - I was inspired to buy her book. And, am I glad I did... Its pretty, girly and above all easy to follow. There are lots of inspiring and yummy recipes - I read it all in one weekend - and have since made several of her dishes (all turned out like a pro!) I am going to buy this book for all my girlfriends (and boyfriends for that matter!) - Jo is friendly in her text and the photographs are mouthwatering. This goes to the top of my cookbook pile!!
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I love In the Mood for Food. I have tried many of the recipes and all of them have been delicious and turned exactly how they should. The Naughty section had me drooling and it wasnt long before i was tempted to make something, and the lazy section is full of easy to whip up meals. My favourite recipes from here are the ice creams, rogan josh, coconut satay broth, wholemeal pancakes with sultanas and bananas, and the fish pie. Recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find. I would reccomend this to anyone, whether a novice or a pro, as you cant go wrong. Please write another one jo!
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2010
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This is a nice enough book but, in my view, it is nowhere near as good as Jo Pratt's other book, 'In the Mood for Entertaining'. There are some lovely recipes but, for me, a lot of things I will never use or which I could put together easily without a recipe. I should perhaps mention that I am a keen, experienced cook with 350+ cookery books which undoubtedly affects my view.

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.
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I recently came across Jo's recipes in Glamour magazine where she has started writing a monthly food section. She did a really great piece on recipes to impress simply with ingredients from your corner shop. I was really impressed and at the end of the article it advertised her book. I had a flick through in Waterstones and really liked it so I went online and bought it (at The Book People for £7, bargain!)

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.
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