Off the Shelf Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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‘Donna Hay is my inspiration’ Jamie Oliver
‘Hay’s are those affordable, big, sexy paperbacks, oozing irresistable things…the photography is equally seductive’
‘Drop-dead gorgeous food…clean, elegant yet simple recipes, food that looks glamorous yet requires minimum effort. ’ The Sydney Morning Herald
About the Author
Donna Hay, winner of the 2001 Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award, is a food stylist and magazine food editor in Australia.
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There is more of the clean, crisp styling that makes the food look so attractive. Importantly though, the recipes suit the novice chef through to the accomplished gourmet.
One criticism would be that some of the recipes are mere variations on those in her Marie Claire range - a gripe I've had with all her books. It didn't stop me buying this one though and I recommend it to those with the Marie Claire books and those who are new to Donna's recipes.
Okay, so you probably won't have octopus in there, but you're in a bad way if you haven't got rice, pasta, polenta, tinned tomatoes, eggs, that sort of thing. Given a reasonable supply of basic ingredients (well, you might have to pop in next door to borrow a lemon), I defy you not to find inspiration in Off the Shelf for a quick and tasty meal.
If you really haven't got any of the basic stores then you're a moral not to have any cookbooks either, in which case you could do worse than start with this one.
Total cooking tragics should be warned that Off the Shelf is not an instructional Delia Smith sort of book. Rather it is in the deservedly popular inspirational style of the likes of Jamie Oliver and Jill Dupleix.
I think it has a broader appeal than Oliver, who is devoted to persuading the young that cooking can be fun. My next-door neighbour, who is pushing sixty, is most enthusiastic about its usefulness for "tired mothers", and you can't get higher praise than that...
It's rare to find a cooking book where you are able to and would want to make nearly every single recipe.
The ingredients are all simple and easy to find and you don't need to be a culinary genius to make a fantastic meal.
As the title suggests, the recipes are based on things you can take "off the shelf". It's divided into basic flavours/sections - pasta, asian, mediterranean - and has everything from quick things to throw together for the household through to fabulous meals for guests.
I think Donna Hay is better than Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith together.
If her books don't inspire you to cook nothing will!
The best cook book I've ever worked with
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