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--What you get--
A easy to use cookbook featuring a wealth of recipes from each type of food.
Ingredient lists and methodical instructions complete with photographs of what the food *should* end up looking like!
--Value for money--
I took this out of the library but would estimate that it would sell for approximately a tenner. Great book, so great way to inspire you to cook - good value in my opinion.
--My personal opinion--
I took this book out whilst browsing the shelves of my local library for some easy recipes I could try out, as I am sadly not the greatest in the kitchen so wanted to refine my techniques. It's also a matter of giving yourself enough time to cook which is lacking in my busy life! However, these matters aside, this book is a handy little tool with some simple and delicious sounding recipes which come out a treat. I didn't have time to try out all of the recipes, but I notably made some rather delicious flourless fudgy brownies which were met with enthusiasm at home and at work!
The food featured is both comforting and creative, so you won't be stuck with the same old recipes and can cook for yourself when you get in, impress your other half or freshen your culinary repertoire for entertaining guests.
The instructions provided are as the title suggests, simple to follow, for the budding cook who is clumsy in the kitchen. I have adapted a few recipes when I haven't had enough of something and they have worked fine.
The only downside to me with this book is for some of the recipes you appear to need a lot of ingredients, so unless you were buying them anyway or already had them in, it can come quite expensive to try new things out. This is something I often find with recipe books, yet I think once you have bought the basic back catalogue of herbs, seasoning and flavours, it will come cheaper and it is worthwhile if they are used frequently to make delicious food.
However, absolutely sick of ready meals, so this book is a welcome change, and has successfully inspired me to get cooking!!
If you, like me, are sick of ready meals and want to prepare your own freshly cooked yummy food, give this a try!
Some people read thrillers in bed ,some people read magazines, I read cook books. I´ts just how I am,and my bedtime reading for the last few weeks (slow reader) ,has been Easy Comfort Food and very enjoyable it has been too.
This is an unpretentious collection of easy recipes by a selection of different authors which delivers just what the title claims,"simple recipes for feel-good favourites" There are no travel guides, family histories or pontificating about grades of whatever,it is for people like you and me who have done a hard days work and need something tasty to cheer us up! And it delivers.
There are 5 chapters,soups and savoury snacks, supper dishes, bakes casseroles and roasts,cakes and tea time treats and puddings.
Each recipe has a delicious looking full page photo opposite the instuctions which are prefaced by a four line introduction giving you ideas on how to give the dish a little twist or variation.
My favourite chapter is the soups and savouries as I tend to struggle for ideas for a quick hot lunch after a morning of cleaning down boats It doesn´t matter how careful you are some water always goes down your boot or up your sleeve so I need a bit of cheering up. Tuna melts just fits the bill closely folled by courgettes and cheddar on toast.
With over 100 recipes to choose from ranging from carrot cake to mince and mash pie for the family to indulgent puddings such as warm chocolate puddings and nutty plum crumble, this for me is a great winter time cook book.
Priced at 8.99p from Rylan Peters and Small it wil be my bed time reading for a good bit longer.
Thanks for reading my review.
When the bookman came into work a couple of weeks a go, I couldn't resist but have a look at the new range he brought for us to look at. Being a sucker for cookery books reading them like any other book, I found 'Easy Comfort food' for only £3.00 which was a complete bargain in my eyes.
"There is nothing more comforting than good, home-cooked food".
Easy Comfort Food contains a collection of over 100 simple recipes, with well planned out photos which are of a high quality and looking through the book none are too complex to follow. Just like the title says - easy.
This recipe book breaks down into five sections:
Soups and savoury snacks
Bakes, casseroles and roasts
Cakes and teatime treats
My favourite section of this book so far is 'cakes and teatime treats' in which I've tried the most scrumptious recipes. All recipes in this book are easy to follow and are broken down into effortless instructions and gives you how many each recipe will serve. Even the non technical cooks will love this book.
The recipes range from minutes to a couple of hours for the roasts, which makes planning your dinner parties, family meals, snacks a lot less complicated.
Here are some of the recipes from the book so you can get a feel of the comforts:
Chicken noodle soup
Roasted vegetable soup (As I'm a lover of soups I've tested this recipe and it was very flavoursome, moreish and the best of it easy to do)
Melting cheese & sun-dried tomatoes on toast (another one I've tried as a snack, there like mini pizzas but packed with flavour)
Spicy fried potatoes and chorizo on toast
Individual fish pies
Baked sweet potatoes with cheesy lentil hash (gorgeous, simple and looks very impressive)
Chicken, leek and tarragon pie (I'm making this Sunday, a twist on Sunday dinner)
Daube of beef (looks nice, but not something I would try as I don't eat red meats)
Green lasagne with ricotta pesto and mushrooms (a fantastic change from normal vegetable lasagne)
Strawberry buttermilk cake (this is really to die for, despite the buttermilk being expensive)
Maple syrup pecan cake
Extra-crunchy peanut butter cookies (must be one of the best cookies I've ever tried)
There are so many recipes I could lock myself away in my kitchen for days if I could, didn't want to list to many of the recipes but hope you've had a feel for what type of recipes are within the wonderful book.
The recommended retail price for this book is £8.99, but I had this book from the bookman at work for £3.00, it can also be picked up from most book shops and Amazon starting from £2.99 which is extremely reasonable for the quality and simplicity of these recipes.
This is a fuss-free book for all your comfort needs, which will impress and bring smiles to all. I can't recommend this book enough; I have loved the recipes I've tried so far and looking forward to trying more. A book that you will not be disappointed with.
I thought it would also be nice to share the cookie recipe that I found so appetising:
Extra-Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
(Makes 20 cookies)
115g unsalted butter, softened
125g crunchy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
140g light muscovado sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
200g roasted unsalted peanut halves
1 - Preheat your oven to 180c (350f, Gas 4).
2 - Put the soft butter, peanut butter, sugar, beaten egg, vanilla and flour in a large bowl, mix well and combined thoroughly.
3 - Take walnut-sized portions of the dough and roll into balls with your hands, put the peanut halves into a shallow dish and roll the dough in the nuts.
4 - Arrange the balls well apart onto greased proofed baking trays, and then flatten slightly with your fingers.
5 - Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown, cool completely and serve.
These smell divine when cooking and taste even better! Recommend you give this ago if you like nuts.
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