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Spooning with Rosie Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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`We've proudly introduced the delights of Rosie's food to musicians from across the globe. She's created her own little thing right in the centre of Brixton, which is all warm, tasty and homely.'
About the Author
Rosie Lovell is a passionate, energetic young cook who five years ago opened up a thriving deli in Brixton market.
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The book itself is great to read. I really love cook books that include stories about each dish as I love to flick through them so this book was perfect. I like the fact that unlike most cook books which are split into sections based on meals or seasons, this one is split into moods and occasions. It does start with a really substantial breakfast section but there's also chapters for feasts to share with friends, food to cook for a date, soul food for when you're feeling down and light bites for Summer evenings. Each chapter also has its own pudding section. The book is interspersed with pictures, stories and Rosie's own scribbles and annotations. A lovely touch is her 'munching maps' and tips, which are really helpful
I have to admit that despite having had this book for a while now, I haven't actually made very much out of it. It's not that I don't want to, but I do find that alot of it requires ingredients that may be available in abudance to Brixton-based Rosie, but are hard to hunt down otherwise. Some of the recipes also contain quite a lot of ingredients and can be time consuming. Having said that, the recipes I have tried have been really tasty and innovative. The lettuce soup with feta was lovely and cleansing, the marmalade breakfast muffins moist and moreish and the herby homemade pasta sheets were silky and delicious.
If you're looking for a cook book with a bit of a twist and a light hearted, chatty tone then this is perfect. Be prepared to have to visit a few specialist shops or order some ingredients in if you don't live in an area where they're easily available.
'Doing a Delia' in this house has become 'Doing a Rosie' and my husband swears he will never just roast a chicken again after trying Rosie's Chicken Two Ways - the chicken with orange, honey and chilli is to die for! There are very few recipes in this book I wouldn't cook and it now lives on my worktop, and not on the shelf with all my other cook books, as I dip in and out of it on a regular basis.I am often put off by cook books that don't feature a picture with every recipe but Rosie's descriptions are enough to get me salivating! I don't live in a trendy town but have had no problem obtaining any of the ingredients, in fact most of them are already in my cupboards.
Rosie is a breath of fresh air and I find her 'ramblings' very light-hearted and entertaining. I hope she doesn't become a victim of her own success with her own TV series - we love her just the way she is!
It's really fascinating how little money I actually have to spend to end up with ridiculously yummy meals. Instead, I can splurge on one star ingredient. Rosie seems to have a great relationship with her store cupboard essentials, unlike many other cookbook writers with a similar list in their publication. When it comes to cookbooks with a feminine approach, I now more often turn away from Nigella, Sophie Dahl, Gizzi Erskine and other "glamour through food" types, and towards Rosie Lovell because of her ability to write for all kinds of foodies (and genders) - not just the ones who can afford to buy a complete set of ingredients for each recipe from the same book. This book is a great place to start incorporating foodie habits into everyday cooking. It makes good food as part of your lifestyle a tiny bit more achievable. It's like the Leon cookbooks without being all that health conscious.
The book is a particularly fun read because of the quirky hand drawn maps included here and there. They present good taste combinations and suggest a wide range of foods that can help cure hangovers, among other things.
What I miss, and this goes for a lot of cookbooks, is more recipes to feed only a couple. I mean, how many young people (which is clearly the target audience for this book IMO) cook for 4 people most of the time? On the other hand, the recipes in this book are easy to halve.
Some of the recipes: Raspberry Risen Pancakes with Clotted Cream, Pyrenean Duck with Champ, Moroccan Honey Chicken, Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Lasagne, Penne with Creamy Tomato & Tuna, Rhubarb & Whiskey Fool.
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I could not care less about Rosie's tediously hip friends who - oh so entertainingly (NOT)- need feeding at such funny hours...Read more