- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hamlyn; 01 edition (1 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0600619311
- ISBN-13: 978-0600619314
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 16.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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200 Meals for Two: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook (Hamlyn All Colour Cookery) Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook series has enjoyed a fantastic launch, selling over 150k copies since spring 2008 Provides dishes specifically for two people, whereas many other recipe books cater for parties of four or six Ensures that you avoid wasting either money or food
About the Author
Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist, specializing in healthy recipes. She is a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Delicious Cooking for Diabetes, Low GI Cookbook and Great Gluten-free Baking, all published by Hamlyn.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book isn't just about quantities and cooking times. There is an omnipresent whiff of romantic living in these pages, ranging from the blueberry french toasts which kick off the brunch section to the summer fruit slush which finishes the book off, going via crispy chicken with salsa verde and moroccan lamb with couscous on the way. Moroccan lamb with couscous -- astonishingly -- takes a total of 15 minutes preparation and cooking time. In fact, aside from the lamb burger and roasted tomato at 1 1/2 hours and the tarragon chicken with potatoes at 70 minutes, almost all of the recipes in this book fall into the 15-35 minute range. In other words, they recognise the shortened available time-spans that seem to go with being a couple without adherents.
All the recipes in this book are simple. Just occasionally they are oversimplified to the point that they become difficult.Read more ›
Unlike many of the Hamlyn 200 series the recipes aren't separated into food groups, like Beef & Pork, Fish and Vegetarian but instead are presented for different mealtimes like Brunch, Quick Suppers and Special Occasions. The only problem is that once you've enjoyed dishes like 'Ricotta & Pear Drizzle', 'Crispy Chicken with Salsa Verde' and 'Cherry Clafoutis' it's quite hard to go back and relish anything you just scraped out of a plastic tray - but maybe that's no bad thing?
Unlike most of the books, however, the chapters in this are separated not by type of food (meat, fish, etc), but by the sort of meal. The chapters include brunch, light bites, quick suppers, special occasions and desserts. The brunch section has some nice ideas - chorizo and bacon stuffed mushrooms on toast, and 10-minute drop scones with dried fruit for example. The light bites section is less inspiring - a lot of not-very-interesting salads, a few mayonnaise-laden dishes and, weirdly, some crab shavings wrapped in lettuce. There is a nice-looking recipe for pear and gorgonzola mini pizzas though. The quick suppers section has similar meals, including quite a few pastas. I didn't see many that I fancied trying though.
The special occasions chapter picks up slightly, but some of the dishes - homemade burgers or vegetable pasta for example - were not things I would associate with a special night in. There are a couple of attractive recipes for tarragon chicken and marinated quail though. The desserts section is probably the best section of the book, with cute individual cheesecakes in either vanilla or chocolate, lavender syllabub and a yummy looking summer fruit slush.
This definitely isn't the best of the Hamlyn books that I own. The portions for all except the special occasion meals seem very small, and the range is not particularly inspiring.Read more ›
By way of example here are a few recipes from the quick suppers selection: tomato, feta & olive tarts; shish kebabs & tzatziki pitas; parmesan & polenta plaice; sweet potato & Roquefort toasts; prawn balls with chilli sauce; hot halloumi with fattoush salad (very nice). More substantial meals include beef & basil meatballs; sausage & broccoli pasta; pork with apricot & sage stuffing.
As with the other books in this series, each recipe is displayed on a single page with a photo of the finished dish on the facing page, instructions are clear and straightforward and recipes don't involve hard to find ingredients.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great recipes and the perfect amount for 2 people. Ingredients and method well laid out and easy to follow.Published 19 months ago by Neil R.
I have a number of recipe books, some of which contain some similar recipes that are found in this book; however due to the portion sizes I tend to use them only when cooking for... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by Book Addict
Not that impressed with this book as not enough proper dinner recipes just not enough traditional recipes that I was hoping forPublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by jane jenkins
Some interesting recipes and straight forward lots of things that you would have in your fridge or cupboard and ture they dont take that long to make.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by KAREN
I'm a big fan of this range of cookbooks they don't take up too much precious space in my kitchen and are full of easy to follow recipes accompanied by glossy photographs of the... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Big Bertha
I have a fair few of the Hamlyn series of cookbooks and am pleased with them all. The 200 recipes for two is an excellent quality book, a nice size for the kitchen bookshelf, and... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2012 by McColey