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Cooking outside the box - easy, seasonal, organic: The ABEL & COLE Cookbook Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007230702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007230709
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A kitchen essential’ - Country Living magazine

‘Keith Abel writes passionately about eating seasonally but with an admirable lack of ponciness.’ - The London Paper

‘An exquisitely designed book.’ - The Book Magazine

‘Packed with inspirational recipes…filled with idyllic images of the coutryside, this makes you want to live the good life.’ - She Magazine

‘This inspiring, down-to-earth recipe book will entice you into the kitchen.’ - Easy Living Magazine

‘Crammed with tasty, mouth-watering recipes celebrating the joy of quality ingredients, enjoyed in season, at their best.’ - Organic Life Magazine

About the Author

Keith Abel is the charismatic owner of Abel & Cole, the UK’s biggest organic home delivery service. He lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Hampshire and is passionate about enjoying good, wholseome food. He has won a Queen’s award for sustainable development in industry.

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Format: Hardcover
Brilliantly written with great recipes. Not only is the book full of great ideas but it's also a fun read for those with a sense of humour. Abel & Cole rightly deserve to be the frontrunners of the organic home delivery movement if Mr. Abel's creativity and passion for the product is anything to go by.
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Beautifully photographed, this book is a pleasure to look at. More importantly, Keith Abel lets the reader into his world so that after finishing this book, you will be yearning for a farmhouse kitchen, a country walk and an organic vegetable box!
All the recipes are uncomplicated and unpretentious.Punchy Leeks and Goats' Cheese on Toast is as simple as it gets but very tasty. Equally easy is Baked Strawberries with Honey Whipped Cream - delicious!
These are clearly recipes which are part of the fabric of Abel family life. Try Lamb with Courgette, Lime and Ginger or Venison Sausages with Colcannon and Wild Mushroom Sauce. Both are straightforward recipes with great flavours, sufficiently different to make dinner more interesting.
If this has so far failed to win you over, this book is worth buying for the coleslaw recipe alone. As Keith Abel says, it will knock your socks off!
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Format: Paperback
Unfortunately Abel and Cole don't deliver to my area but Abel and Cole: Easy, Seasonal, Organic certainly delivered to my table!

I decided to cook up Roasted Squash and Wild Rocket Risotto for me and my girlfriend and, although we don't get organic boxes to our door, there is a nearby farmer's market that provided everything I needed for this easy-to-follow recipe.

I've made risotto in the past and it can go really wrong but Keith Abel's tell-it-like-it-is approach to cooking gave me the confidence to have another stab at it. The food was really rich but definitely delicious and earned me lots of brownie points...

I'd recommend this book to anybody who loves great food but doesn't want to waste time faffing over fiddly preparation. Plus it's particularly good if, like me, your partner is a strict veggie but you enjoy a nice bit of meat - I'll try the Calcutta Lamb Burger recipe for myself next!
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Format: Hardcover
Brilliant cookbook, [...] totally devoid of ponciness. If you are of the 'shove a glug of x into a dollop of y' school of cooking you will LOVE this book. [...]

I can only echo the cries of 'more please'
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This book is brilliant, stuffed with original and easy, easy, easy recipes. When I look at my other cookbooks, which aren't generally ordered seasonally, they somehow seem wrong and out of step. You will use this book time and again. Please write another one, Keith.
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Format: Paperback
A note of advice to anyone thinking of buying this book.

Do not buy this book if you already have "Cooking Outside the Box: The Abel and Cole Seasonal, Organic Cookbook" by Keith Abel.

This is exactly the same book but a paperback version.
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I LOVE this approach to cooking: it's simple, it's passionate and it's realistic. These aren't recipes to follow rigidly, but rather recipes to inspire you to get more creative in the kitchen. It tells you to be loose and experimental with your cooking - to throw things in the pan, throw some more things in, give it a swoosh, and enjoy. And if it doesn't turn out quite as well as you hoped, try something different next time.

There are, however, lots of practical tips and delicious recipes - as well as useful suggestions for what to do with the more obscure items in my weekly Abel and Cole box.

Unlike many of my cookery books which clutter the shelves looking beautiful under a layer of dust, this one gets picked up regularly. There's always something tasty to satisfy my mood, whether it's exciting and unusual, or soulful and comforting. And if I want to jazz up the sorry, shrivelled veg lurking at the back of the fridge, this book will always have a good suggestion.
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Format: Hardcover
It's nice to find a great new cook book that's not dependent on a BBC2 or C4 programme for its success. Abel writes really well and the recipes are simple and delicious.

The book happens to be beautiful to look at too - if the same can be said of Keith Abel then no doubt he'll end up with a TV series very soon. Rightly so if this book is anything to go by.
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