When I received this book I had no idea who Donal Skehan was but soon learned that he is a food blogger from Dublin turned cookery author and this is his third book. On his blog he describes himself as a home cook, photographer and food writer. Indeed he does all his own photography for his books and blog. He has to date had 2 prime-time cookery shows on RTE TV.
So this book is aimed at anyone from a student to a family and has plenty of tips for the novice regarding frugal cooking, cuts of meat, growing your own, frugal cooking practices and using up leftovers. My favourite tip is freezing your left over wine in an ice cube tray (note to self, remember this) to use in sauces at a later date.
Once you get past the introduction you get into the heart of Donal's favourite recipes from his family, his friends and his own creations. There are beautiful photographs to accompany most of the recipes and there is something for everyone whether you are a meat/fish eater or a vegetarian.
The 7 chapters of the book cover: Slow-cooked Meal, Soup & Stews; Everyday Easy Supper; Cheap and Healthy; Pasta; Simple Sides, Desserts and finally Baking. As soon as I got this book I was sticking bits of torn paper in as bookmarks and the bits of paper got smaller and smaller as I bookmarked 12 recipes immediately. I have made three recipes so far which are the Cauliflower & Broccoli Mac `n' Cheese, Moroccan Chickpea Burgers and Swedish Kladdkaka (Gooey Chocolate Cake). My family's favourite was the Mac `n' Cheese (for recipe click here). The Moroccan Chickpeas Burgers I felt needed some garlic in the yogurt to give them a kick so will do this next time and the Swedish Kladdkaka needed slightly less time in my oven but was so easy I will be making this again and again.
I have so far made: Cauliflower and Broccoli Mac `n' Cheese, Moroccan Chickpea Burgers and Swedish Kladdkaka (Gooey Chocolate Cake).
Next I want to make Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup, Thai Red Fish Curry, Quick Bean & Tomato Stew, Zesty Orange Puddings, Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookies and Swedish Gingerbread. To be honest it would be far quicker to say which recipes I won't be cooking which would probably only equate to a handful, no not even that many. So technically this book is superb value for money as it is crammed with irresistible recipes that are sure to become firm favourites as there is something for everyone!
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