I purchased Melinda Messenger's Family Cookbook (even though I live on my own) because of a recipe I saw in a magazine whilst at the hairdressers, I started to write the recipe down, then my brain got into gear and I just took the book title and searched on amazon. Brilliant idea. I have only prepeared two of the dishes from this book but was more than pleasantly surprised with the results. The Campfire Chilli had all the vegetables in which I dont normally like when cooked on their own and I was also apprehensive about adding pesto. The cheese and sour cream topping made It a fantastic tasting chilli. I also tried the Cod roasted in lemon and thyme, again the combination of tastes made a very enjoyable meal. All in all a very worth while trip to the hairdressers.
Got this book in a discount shop for unbelievable price and cant believe what a great book it is. It has a really lovely mix of recipes which are easy to make with easy to find ingredients. It really is a must have book for everyday family cooking.
Never associating Melinda Messenger with cooking but always felt she is far more intelligent than her image sometimes gives credit for and has a very nice down to earth attitude, I was curious to purchase this book. I was not disappointed at all, in fact it's one of the most straight forward, sensible and non-pretentious cookery books I have found. Good old family cooking, heart warming meals using achievable, sensible and straight forward ingredients, it doesn't try to be clever, it shows it comes from a real Mum who knows how to cook for a family.
I could not believe I actually made the meals myself, as they have all been like know other.She is one hell of a fantastic cook,all the family love her meals,and we have fussy eaters ,now all the plates are empty.Please write more books!!
I purchased this from a cute little farmshop in their 'bargain bin'. Well worth the fiver!! I bought it mainly for my husband as the recipes are simple and quick. I thought that for an accomplished cook, I'd rarely need to look in it.
How wrong I was!
This book has everything in it that you think 'oh gosh, how much milk do I need for that again?' plus a few hidden gems that you might not usuall try, due to time constraints. I have many, many cookbooks and this is a firm favourite in our house!
I have way too many cookbooks and bought this really because the sale price was so good. I was expecting to look through the pictures and join the others on my shelf soon after. However, I am really impressed. The pictures are lovely and the recipes are really down to earth and easy to make with everyday ingredients. So far I have tried pineapple fruitcake, gingerbread and lemon drizzle cake (delicious!) and all have been scoffed by my usually very critical girls!! Great book at a great price!!!
I had to write a review for this cook book!, am an amazon cookbook veteran (much to my husbands annoyance) and I think in terms of family cookbooks this rates as one of the best. Within three days of receiving the book, I had cooked three recipes. Fun, family orientated and accessible recipes. I have to say "well done Melinda" and thanks for creating such a fab cookbook.