Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home Paperback – 6 May 2008
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‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’ – Sunday Times
‘Food for real people’ – Irish Examiner
‘If you haven’t heard of Rachel Allen, you will soon. Ireland’s blond and beautiful equivalent of Nigella Lawson…is taking her place on the international culinary scene with her everyday food that focuses on simple suppers and divine puddings.’ – Daily Mail YOU Magazine
‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post
‘…an obvious addition to the best-loved and most-used category of cookbook’ – Sunday Tribune
About the Author
Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.
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This book has clearly been aimed at busy mums that need to find something to give the kids in a short space of time. 'Bake' was technically challenging and engaging but this merely shows me Warm Pasta Salad; Party Sausages with a dip; Haricot Beans, Tomato and Tuna Salad; Toffee Sundae (a tub of ice cream and toffee sauce; Scrambled Eggs; Plain popcorn; Peas with Leeks; and Hot Chocolate. I feel it not aimed at much of a wider audience than famillies which is fine but alienates people that want inspiring recipes or guidance. As someone rightly said previously, these recipes could be found on recipe cards you pick up from Sainsbury's. I have tried the Banana and Peanut Butter Muffins with success and will try some of the chutney recipes around the festive season for gifts but otherwise uninspired and will probably just collect dust on my bookshelves.
I do like this reciped book and I enjoyed particularly, the snippets of additional commentary that are often missing in many other recipe books. They set the scene, explain the origin of recipes and generally, give a recipe book more character.
However, I would add, while the book is easy to follow and beautifully designed, remember it's about "home" recipes for friends and all the family. So many of the recipes are very straightforward - such as, baked potato, or runny egg and asparagus soliders. This is great for parents looking for healthy, quick and easy meals for all the family. Ideally, I'd have liked a few more of her more detailed recipes.
One other point that you might like to consider when deciding whether or not to buy the book: if, like me, you use recipe books as a spur-of-the-moment source of visual ideas for today's lunch, tea or dinner by flicking through the photos and recipe titles, keep in mind that quite a few recipes in this book don't have photos - instead there are whole-page photos of Rachel, of her husband, her kids and even her dog!
Admittedly, this adds to the charm and character of the book but in one or two of the few slightly more complex recipes included in the book, I would have preferred a photo of the prepared dish.
effort to cook (and not just eat all of her wonderful creations!) I've made the fishcakes and warm pasta salad so far,
both were delicious and easy to make. Am enjoying cooking from it and
will definitely recommend the book to others. Rachel Allen is going to be a big star I think.
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