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Clear Directions, Delicious Dishes
on 24 November 2008
I absolutely love this book for its simplicity and directness. All of the recipes which I have tried (so far) have turned out well, and that is quite an achievement. There can't be many chefs who write as plainly as Rachel Allen does - she gets the point across, without embellishment, and makes every dish seem both delicious and achievable for food enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Moroccan Chickpea Soup with Garlic Pitta Crisps are fabulously quick and tasty - firm favourites in my home - as are the Berry Compote, fruity Crumble, Provencale Chicken... I could go on, but I'm sure you can already appreciate how much I have enjoyed dipping in and out of this book of simple, varied and do-able dishes. There is truly something for everyone here - anyone who is familiar with Rachel's books will know that the recipes are grouped according to 'type' - from big Sunday lunches, to Romantic Dinners for Two. A good addition to any household's collection of cookbooks, although probably not for the self-professed gourmet! The recipes are unlikely to be 'advanced' enough for the semi-professional foodie. Wonderful for people who enjoy good food, cooked from scratch in the home, but who have busy lives.