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Urban and stylish recipes,
This review is from: Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts (Hardcover)
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This is an energetic book, both in its upbeat writing style and the recipes which are light and filling rather than stodgy. It's a book of two halves: `skinny' recipes and `feasts' - though the skinny recipes tend far more to the kinds of things I love to eat and cook, and certainly aren't in any way `diet' food (I don't do diets).
So alongside some great everyday soups and salads (chorizo and chickpea soup with rose petal harissa, pancetta and faro soup with beans) are delicious things like Persian chicken, barley and lemon soup, spicy miso salmon udon noodle soup, and Thai chicken satay rice bowl, all of which can be whipped up after work with minimum fuss.
I love the dips, too, with a great hummus recipe alongside courgette babaganoush, and purée de habas (broad beans) - all perfect snacks, starters or light meals with soup, and a great way to top up your daily vegetable portions.
The `feast' recipes don't work nearly so well for me partly because I don't eat much red meat but also because they involve more fuss, preparation and cooking time than I'm prepared to invest.
There are a few things here that I would have trouble getting hold of (dried Korean glass noodles made from sweet potato?) but substitutes are easy to source - though, admittedly, I live in London and have easy access to large supermarkets and specialist shops.
The book itself is presented beautifully with almost all the recipes having full colour photos, and the hard spine means the pages stay open when you're cooking. This is more of an urban couple/city friends style cook-book, rather than one for everyday, traditional family meals - but it works very well for me.