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SIMPLE: effortless food, big flavours Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016
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If chicken is a slab of marble, Henry is Michelangelo.
If chicken is a slab of marble, Henry is Michelangelo.
What distinguishes her work isn't just the quantity of recipes she produces, but their quality and originality, particularly in the creativity of her flavor combinations.
The New York Times"
If you reach for cookbooks that you'll use over and over again (instead of glorified coffee table books), Diana is your girl. Food 52"
The forthright recipes and chatty asides are plain in the way that Jane Grigson and Richard Olney were plain, which is to say that these writers share a lovely economy both of language and of cooking itself. Los Angeles Times"
The pages are loaded with....Henry's cheerful commentary (the joys of canned food) and, of course, a lot of truly wonderful recipes. Los Angeles Times"
Food writer Henry has a knack for genius flavor combinations, and her latest doesn't disappoint. Library Journal"
This is truly modern cooking. She manages to guide you through recipes with very little instruction, because she's so precise with her wording. New York Times"
Henry takes a low-key turn in this elegant cookbook, focusing on simple, tasty recipes for all times of day that can be prepared with a minimum of fuss. She delivers on that promise. Publishers Weekly"
It's the kind of prose that makes you want to run immediately into the kitchen to have your way with some figs. And when you get there, you discover that none of her recipes are fussy, and all of them work. To be accessible, reliable and still thrilling is a very rare achievement indeed. New York Times"
The title tells you most of what you need to know. But don't you dare mistake Simple for "run-of-the-mill." Food 52" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Discover fuss-free cooking packed with flavour with this book from the bestselling author of A Bird in the Hand.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Diana Henry has a wonderful writing style - warm and friendly - you feel like you can almost hear her talking to you whilst you're reading through the recipes in the book. I loved the chapter on toast, and the grey one page or two page asides which are dropped into the chapters, and tackle everything from Sunday roasts to no-hassle puddings.
However, I have a major problem with this book. I really feel it's mis-advertising itself, using the tagline "effortless food, big flavours" - when (for me) the majority of recipes in this book are anything but. Diana Henry says in her introduction - "there are two types of dish in Simple - most are dishes you can cook midweek for your family...some are for weekend meals and take a bit more effort".
I've split the recipes into those I think are simple and those that aren't (for me - mum of two whose freezer generally has at least three packets of fish-fingers in it and whose cupboards have at least four cans of baked beans with a huge bottle of tomato sauce for good measure).Read more ›
“This hardback book is going to be my go-to book for recipes in the future I think. Almost every recipe in it has most of the ingredients that I already have in my cupboard, and the ones I don't have are not too hard to find in any larger branch of a supermarket. The recipes are well laid out, and some have photos of what you should aim for.
I started off with huevos rotos, as I had all the ingredients already, and they were delicious. The recipe was so easy to follow and the food was out of this world, making me wonder why I have never tried this before – basically eggs and potatoes with very tasty additions. I may use just a tad less chilli flakes next time but that's what a recipe is, the basic outline and then you can adjust according to your taste and preferences.
Next was a simple red lentil and pumpkin dahl; I used butternut squash instead of sweet pumpkin, as I had some that I was planning to use for soup. I scaled down the recipe as it was only for the two of us but there was still plenty. I also omitted the coriander as I truly cannot stand the stuff, but I don't think the food suffered because of the substitutions at all. A clean plate proved that this went down well.
I thought I would try something sweeter next time so I plumped for pears baked with lemon, bay and masala but kept to the amounts stated as I wanted some for another day, and I am so glad that I did. This made my salivary glands work overtime and it used up most of the bottle of masala I had in the drinks cabinet that I had bought but never got round to using. Again the method used is so easy to follow. I love the fact that there are so many tasty recipes in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never come across Diana Henry until I bought this book and I love it. I have tried about 5 or 6 of the recipes and each one has been very easy to follow and tasted great!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a longstanding fan of Diana Henry's and many of her recipes have become my standards. Food from Plenty is the one I turn to and reuse most often. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Deborah W
Is not 'simple' at all.
bought as a student expecting to find new exciting foods to cook that were 'simple' but you'd probably only find half these ingredients in a retired... Read more
Diana Henry does it again, I own at least 3 of her books, all goodPublished 21 days ago by Linda of London
I love the food I've cooked from this book and so have my family and friends.Published 24 days ago by C M Upton
Arrived promptly and well packaged. This is a superb cook book which I would happily recommend to anyone. Read morePublished 27 days ago by JEREMY TILDEN-SMITH
As the title says..'Simple' food but easy to make and very tasty. This is my third Diane Henry book and it's up to the standard of the other two. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clari
I got this for Christmas and have used it more than any cookbook that I've had before. The recipes are easy to follow and use a lot of storecupboard ingredients, but with a twist... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Mellor