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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 10 September 2012
I came across this book at the library and was so impressed I bought my own copy - and that is saying something when cookbooks are generally just clutter. The book gives lots of recipes and ideas for delicious and easy meals for people who don't want to spend ages cooking, but don't want to eat revolting ready meals either.

the chapters are grouped round different cuisines and courses, and each includes a list of 'kit' - ingredients for the store cupboard and any specialist cooking items you might need; very, very few of the latter. So you can shop once for the 'standby' items and build a meal round the fresh things you happen to have.

brilliant; some really tasty recipes come out of this.
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on 7 April 2018
watched recent re run on tv of this chef bought as a spin off
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on 28 March 2018
lovely useful recipes.
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on 11 February 2017
Item arrived promptly and exactly as described - thank you!
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on 7 February 2009
I'd been interested in the book when I first saw it in the bookshops, and took me a while to actually buy it, but once i did it, hardly a week passed by without me opening it for recipes and ideas.
The basic idea is: have a cupboard that will contain the basic elements of your meals, most of these are staple ingredients which are easy to buy and you then get just what you need in terms of fresh ingredients to complement the dishes beautifully. It makes sense not just economically but also in terms of flavour and enjoyment.
Tom uses a very practical approach, simple without laziness, that will get you cooking and loving it.
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on 13 October 2016
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on 18 September 2016
great means of useing the leftovers
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on 24 June 2015
Very good, this is the second copy i have bought, gave the other to a friend,
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on 4 January 2010
Exceedingly useful. Rather than bark out a huge number of arbitrary instructions, Norrington-Davies offers explanations for the techniques he uses, information that will inform the way you cook and offer far more help than apparently more voluminous cookbooks. Using a small range of simple ingredients, Norrington-Davies has developed recipes that will genuinely get some use. Buy this book now.
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on 1 March 2017
Excellent book to dip into ! His style of writing is engaging and keeps you interested before even trying any of the recipes.
His ideas for stocking the cupboard are very useful for those of us who no longer have families at home and don't want lots of unusual ingredients with short date life.but still enjoy flavoursome cooking.
I have now ordered his other book, "Just Like Mother Used To Make".
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