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Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Another good recipe book from the Hamlyn all colour cookbook series, this one is packed with tonnes of recipes of Pies and Tarts. They are so many mouth watering recipes to choose from.
The book is essentially divided into the following subheadings- introduction; bite-sized snacks; savoury light bites; main meals; sweet pies; sweet tarts; and gluten free. The introduction covers tips and techniques, short crust pastry, gluten free pastry,hot water crust pastry, pate sucree,and how to cheat with bought pastry. I like the fact that it says you cheat with a bough pastry as sometimes making your own can be tedious then it becomes a question of 'here is one I made earlier'. I think it is good to make your own but also have the option to use ready made one. I found that section very useful and a good foundation on which to develop the various recipes. There 200 recipes as the name of the book suggests with beautiful pictures illustrating each one and a step by step guide to preparing and baking them. I am not a big fan of buying ready made pies as I like to make my own and this book has proved immensely useful in the variety of recipes covered, which are really easy to make and quite delicious too. The book is compact and small and easy to carry around. I love it.
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VINE VOICEon 3 December 2012
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I now own a baker's dozen of these wonderful little books. This latest in my collection matches the excellent standards of the other twelve. As ever: it is a compact book, with wipe-able covers; has a recipe per page with many including a tip for changing the dish into something different; has full-colour photographs of the finished dishes; easy-to-follow recipes for novices to the more accomplished cook; & has useful front sections on how to make the various pastries needed, & Tips & Techniques eg lining a pastry case; & even has a gluten free section at the back of the book.
The Pizza Puff Pies (made with shop bought puff, so really easy!) were fabulous. The recipe makes six, but I have a feeling that, over the Christmas period, I'm going to be doubling the amount of ingredients at least, for any visitors that come a-calling! The Honeyed Pecan Pie was even easier, & equally as delicious, &, next time, I'll make the chocolate pecan pie. My favourite recipe from the book thus far, however, is the Goat's Cheese & Beetroot Tart. With two of my most loved ingredients in this indulgent creation....what's not to like?!! Another terrific Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook. Buy with confidence, cook with confidence.
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VINE VOICEon 20 November 2012
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I do like this series of cookbooks. OK - they are never going to turn you into a gourmet chef. If you want that then you need to look elsewhere. What they do very well is provide lots of ideas for simple, fairly cheap to make and yet mostly tasty recipies. I have a young son and a husband who is a picky eater, so I am always looking for ideas for nutritious, tasty meals which both of them will eat. I can usually rely on this series of books to provide me with inspiration for this. Each book is split into sections e.g. soups, fish/seafood, meat/poultry, desserts and so on, and there are plenty of recipe ideas in each section which means you can usually find something to suit all tastes.

The layout of the books is good - each recipe has a double page allocation with a good colour image of the finished meal, a full ingredient list and easy to follow step by step instructions. My only criticism, and the reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5, is that the spine of the book is quite stiff and as a result it is hard to get the book to stay open at any given page without weighing the pages down. When just flicking through the book for ideas this is not a problem, but if you want to follow a recipe step by step in the kitchen as you are working then it is awkward. I would also say that the variety of pies and tarts in this is not as good as I expected, certainly compared to some of the others in the series. Saying that, it is still good value for money.
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on 25 November 2013
Most of these recipes contain long lists of ingredients. Also I think too much emphasis on sweet pies and not enough on savory. Very strange, all I wanted was to make some simple recipes like steak and kidney pie etc. ( not in book ). If you like exotic pies then this is for you....
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VINE VOICEon 18 August 2012
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Beginning with a useful guide to making various types of pastry, including gluten-free, and divided into sections covering bite-sized snacks, savouries, main courses, sweet pies and sweet tarts, this is a chunky little paperback with plenty of ideas for classic and contemporary dishes. Spinach boureks, Medieval spiced steak pies, Samosas, Portuguese custard tarts, French onion tarts, Caribbean chicken patties, a substantial Picnic pie containing sausages, chicken and smoked bacon, Game pie, Venison and red wine pie, Pumpkin pie, classic Lemon tart, Pear and almond tart and a Mango and palm sugar Tatin (with an additional recipe for the suggested accompaniment of coconut ice cream) are just a few of the highlights. With clear instructions (in both metric and imperial measures), estimates of preparation time as well as the actual baking, a photograph for each recipe and suggestions for variations, experienced cooks will find lots to interest them and beginners will have nothing to fear. Having a compendium of dedicated recipes makes it very easy to practise the craft of pastry-making and to justify always having a batch on hand in the fridge or freezer. Pie fillings can make expensive ingredients go a long way and get substantial meals out of cheap ones; this unpretentious and practical book would soon earn its keep in any family kitchen.
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Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is another book in this very useful series of small cookery books published by Hamlyn. It contains two hundred recipes for pies and tarts and most have a suggested variation at the end of the recipe which means the book actually contains many more than two hundred recipes.

There is an introduction to the book which gives instructions for making several different types of pastry and advice on such things as baking blind - no need for expensive baking beans - just used dried pasta. The book then has six sections:
Bite-Sized Snacks
Savoury Light Bites
Main Meals
Sweet Pies
Sweet Tarts
Gluten Free

All the gluten free recipes could also be made with ordinary flour. There are ordinary everyday recipes such as chicken and mushroom pies and steak and kidney pies but there are also recipes for the more exotic varieties such as citrus baklava and Mexican egg tarts or Portuguese custard tarts.

There are recipes which will be of use to the more experienced cook and those which are ideal for the beginner. Each recipe is laid out in easy to follow steps and the ingredients and quantities are clearly set out. There is a colour illustration on the opposite page to each recipe and there is a useful index at the end of the book.
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Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have previously reviewed a number of these Hamlyn cookbooks and all are very similar in style and presentation. This is a small, almost pocket size book. It contains as the title suggests 200 recipes. It is broken down into chapters that look at,bite size snacks, savoury light bites, main meals, sweet pies, sweet tarts and gluten free pies. Each recipe takes two pages. On one side is a picture of the finished dish and on the other is the list of ingredients and simplified cooking instructions. I have one small problem with this book, some of the recipes are so overly simplified, certain stages of the process are left out...needing some guess work, but this does not really detract from the quality of the recipes.

This is a great little book, but I do think to get it to the smaller page format, they have sacrificed some of the preparation/cooking stage explanations and have overly simplified some of the recipes. This is a good little book but with a bit more of an explanation to some of the recipes it could have gained 5 stars.

Recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 8 April 2013
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I love these little cook books, they are handy, have great instructions a good clear picture of what it should look like in the end and a nice size to use.
I have several of these little books and they hardly take up much space on the bookcase but packed with recipes.
The cover photo is a Venison and red wine pie and looks gorgeous!
Inside you will find
Tiny Treacle tarts, Game pie, Individual chicken and mushroom pies, White chocolate and raspberry tarts, Autumn fruit pies Toffee apple tarts and many more delicious treats and meals.
I do love to cook but have not cooked many inside this book but tried out all the chocolate ones....of course mmmm!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 November 2012
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I don't know if the problem here is the concept of the pie or the content of this book. I am a big fan of this style of presentation: small hardback or paperback, recipe left page, colour illustration right page, cover easily used as bookmark. Earlier this year I got the curry version Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Curries: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas and would regard it as a real game-changer for me.

In the curry version you head for what you think you know and you are very pleasantly surprised by the results (especially Lamb Korma). I don't know about you but the first thing I think of in relation to pies is Steak pie. You try them from supermarkets and are deep filled underwhelmed by the tasteless experience. In this book the Steak pie is not listed. Eventually I did find it as a version of Game Pie. It took me hours to make, the taste was much, much better than supermarket but the impression in my mouth was distinctly warm.

I also agree with others in respect of using ready made pastry. If ever I see a cookbook on offer somewhere I look to see if they do Chilli con carne. If it says use chilli sauce you know it's a crap cookbook. So a book of pastry recipes that says use ready made pastry, well, it just ain't fittin.'
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on 7 January 2014
I have for quite a few books from the Hamlyn range and normally I find that the recipes are good but extra seasoning is needed (for savoury dishes). This is the first pie and tart book I've purchased and the sweet tarts are divine.

A fabulous book for (currently) a fabulous low price for the Kindle. Buy it!
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