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Home Cooking - Rachel Allen
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Home Cooking - Rachel Allen
Advantages: good layout, easy to follow
Disadvantages: each recipe doesn't have a photo
For me the only person that can rival Nigella is Rachel Allen. I'm a relative newcomer to her work, but since i discovered her various tv series i've been quite a fan.
The great thing about this book in particular is that it is such a good 'basic' cook book. It's full of real food, not the sort that intimidates the heck out of you, but the sort you'd happily make for your family and friends. The layout is easy to follow, easy to read instructions but there aren't photos for each recipe.
I really like the fact that the book is split into courses as chapters - which are as follows -
snacks, treats and sweets
The breakfast chapter is a really nice idea. It's something that most books ignore - why?! Breakfast is a meal too!! Rachel covers so many dishes in this chapter, porridge, yoghurts, granola, waffles, muffins...you name it, it's there. It makes a real change from my usual cereal or toast!
The lunch section is where I discovered brussels sprout soup - yes really. The sprout is so under appreciated and makes an amazing soup! Mt work colleagues laughed at me until they smelt the lovely aroma and tasted some! Yes, there are a fair few soups in the chapter, but also salads and ideas about food on the go.
Sunday lunch is fairly self explanatory but i would say that its best part is the recipes for all the trimmings, sauces and stuffings! It just makes a real change from the usual gravy. But do try the creamy gratin of butternut squash if you can!
Supper is altogether a bit more basic but Rachel has the best and only pasta sauce recipe that i'll ever use - don't buy jars! Buy real tomatoes and make it yourself - so easy and tasty! There are recipes for meatballs, home made pizza, noodles etc and a really handy guide to home freezing. Perfect if like me it's easier to make up batches for another time.
Desserts, well...not much to say except you'll find the sort of homely desserts that you'd expect to find in a home cooking book like this...fruit tarts, crumbles, banana splits, syrup puddings, rice puddings and ice creams.
The snacks section really is that dips, sandwiches, chicken goujons...just lots of lovely things to snack on. However there are also cake recipes, fudge, cookies and some nice ideas for gifts.
I can't really review the baby purees section - i don't have a baby! However I like the idea because it's all good home cooking and you'd probably expect to have to get these sorts of recipes from a specialist book.
All in all this is a really nice book, one that I refer to often and I think over the years it will become even more used! I'd really recommend this book.
Summary: A great home cooking book!
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