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Fish Pies and French Fries, Vegetables, Meat and Something Sweet ... Affordable, Everyday Food and Family-friendly Recipes Made Easy Paperback – 18 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Hill (18 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862337
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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"Whilst she is a total expert at creating delicious food from very meagre shopping lists, she equally refuses to compromise on the quality of the meals she rustles up... brilliant, simple recipes.' --Easy Living

'Another no nonsense and no excuses recipe book for excellent family food. The more I read Gill's philosophy of food the more I felt liberated. This book has everything from bread making to cooking with kids to producing impressive dinners, all on a tight budget without too much fuss. A real Mrs. Beaton for our times.' --www.ukparentslounge.com

'There are recipe books out there that highlight affordable recipes, but none as well balanced as this one.' --www.student-express.co.uk.

About the Author

Gill Holcombe is passionate about feeding her kids good food. She grew up before the culture of convenience food took hold - and knows how to cook. Having brought up three children on her own for over ten years, she says the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and has three fit, healthy teenagers with loads of energy - and no fillings! Gill is author of the bestselling How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet with very little money...and hardly any time, even if you have a tiny kitchen, only three saucepans (one with an ill-fitting lid) and no fancy gadgets - unless you count the garlic crusher... and lives in London with her family.


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By EllyBlue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2009
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This is not a recipe book for those who want to spend hours in the kitchen producing some exotic creation to dazzle their friends and family. Don't buy it if that is what you are after. As the cover says, it includes easy, family friendly recipes for busy people using relatively inexpensive ingredients. If you've got Gill Holcombe's first book, the style (and even a recipe or two!) will be familiar to you, with its no nonsense approach and good solid advice about what to put in your store cupboard, how to plan your menus and much more. Now you might think that you know how to do this - but clearly lots of people don't given the amount of food that we throw away each year. Similarly, you might think that you don't need a recipe for shepherd's pie, spaghetti bolognese etc because you know what you are doing - but lots of people don't, and this isn't usually the sort of ground covered by the celebrity chefs. I like the fact that the recipes are written with great flexibility around quantities and ingredients, although there are some strange ones amongst them. Spam fritters anyone? Chip shop curry sauce? Having said that, there are some gems as well, and for those of us trying to buy and use food more economically both to reduce wastage, and for reasons of thrift, there are some useful reminders here.
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By SilentSinger VINE VOICE on 19 July 2009
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Reading through the initial chapters of this cook book entitled 'introduction' and 'good beginnings' gives the reader the impression that the author talks common sense about food and managing household tasks in general. The book, split into various chapters entitled `mood food' and `loose ends' makes the most of what you've got in the cupboard and celebrates leftovers. The recipes are inspiring and generally easy to follow and I've personally tried preparing the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Lamb Keela, both of which were extremely delicious! There are many other recipes I'd like to try out too, such as the burgers with blue cheese dressing. Some of the concoctions sound a bit gross though like toad in the mush, but with over 300 pages of content, there's bound to be something for everyone.

The only downsides that I can find with this book are that there are no pictures to accompany the recipes and due to the paperback nature and quality of the pages, it's difficult to prop it up in the kitchen whilst you're preparing meals. Otherwise an inspiring, eminently sensible cookbook which I'll keep on the bookshelf for the foreseeable future as the week plans will liven up my dull culinary repertoire!
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I'll admit that I have a large collection of cookbooks but most just sit on my shelf rather than getting used. I'm always a bit dubious about new cook books but I genuinely think this will become a book that I use, or at least dip into, quite often.

The book itself is written in a friendly, down to earth style. There's absolutely no pretentiousness or food snootiness which immediately endeared me to the writer and the book.

The author seems a sensible sort with the items she suggests you keep in your store cupboard being basic, cheap and useful. She also says that you don't need expensive equipment and I really get the feeling that this book is all about good old fashioned, great tasting, family cooking rather than being fancy just for the sake of it!

Chapters within the book include: Good Beginnings; Mood Food (which includes everything from pot roasts to comfort food); Loose Ends; For Starters, Mains and Just Desserts; Something Sweet and A Lot On Your Plate (which is a 6 week menu plan).

I like the way she gives you the recipe and then says to modify it as you like. Even so, the recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions. She makes the unusual choice of not telling you how many people a recipe serves but since this is a family cookbook she notes that everything will feed a family of four.

I really enjoyed this cookbook. As with most cookbooks, I do prefer pictures to go along with the recipes while this one only has small black and white pencil drawings. It can't detract from the quality of the recipes and writing but it is a preference of mine.

If you are an established cook who likes fancy recipes and trying out complicated dishes then perhaps this isn't the book for you. However, if you're new to cooking or just want a recipe book with a chatty writing style that feels like it's something your mum or granny would have handed down to you then this could definitely be the cookery book for you.
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I have already made two (three if you count the salad dressing) meals from this book and was impressed with both of them ('Sweet and Sour Chicken' and 'Caribbean Style Chicken Curry'). I would consider myself to be a competent cook but I do like to be able to follow a recipe, and when I just want something basic then this is the book I will probably be reaching for.

I like the fact that some of the measurements are approximate and the instructions are 'casual' - there is no enforced structure to a meal but enough to get you going. Overall a success.
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Me and my wife love cooking and we are always interested in trying new recipes. This book is a really good addition to our collection. It's price is right and it includes lots of exciting and tasty recipes including starters, main course dishes, soups, desserts, dips and salads. This book could especially be a good starting point for beginner home chefs.

It gives you a lots of new ideas to decide your menu for the whole week. Leftovers are great problem in every home. The most interesting thing about this book is it gives you lots of ideas how to use these leftovers for your main meal. The tips are very handy with good lengthy but useful descriptions and the home made recipes emphasising on real taste are interesting to try. For example, home made custards and mayonnaise recipes.

Desserts are fabulous especially chocolate mouse, trifle, and hot fudge sundaes. Recipes are written in a very clear and easy way. The cooking times of most recipes are quite accurate as compared to many nonsensical time scales given in many other recipe books.

This book could use some pictures as random drawing of some of the dishes are not enough to convince its audience to try some of the mumbo-jumbo recipes that could otherwise be interesting to try. The book is also crying for a better recipe organisaiton as Gnocchi follow Potato Pizza with Fishcakes without a pause, or was it the other way around (you get my point!). Many Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala (sigh!) will not suit the Indian taste but could be an easy introduction for non-Indian audience.

Overall there is a lot of verity and diversity of meals including almost every thing like chicken, liver, salads, with some great dips and dressings and lovely desserts. Highly Recommended!
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