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One of the most accessible cookbooks on the market
Real Fast Food - Nigel Slater
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Real Fast Food - Nigel Slater
Advantages: Well written and the recipes work
Disadvantages: No pictures.
This book is so simple it shouldnīt work, but it does. I own lots of cookbooks, many are beautiful to look at but incomprehensible, this isnīt, its ugly but written with the reader in mind and offers easy cooking ideas with everyday ingredients.
Anyone who has read Slaters columns or enjoyed his television cookery programmes will know that this is an easygoing guy who doesnīt want to blow the doors off the building a la Heston Blumenthal or change the world like Jamie, Nigel likes to use seasonal goods wherever possible and make tasty easy recipes that idiots like me can replicate at home.
This book is about real fast food, thats not to say there is a short introduction and then advice on how best to access your local Subway/McDonalds/Favourite Chicken and Kebab Chain. The idea is that food is there to be enjoyed and we donīt need to be precious about it.
So rather than having recipes with 50 ingredients that it would take you months to find, Nigel focuses on easy to find foods such as bread, eggs, cheese, potatoes and cuts of meat and explains how to make 5 or 6 really fast easy meals from them, this can be as simple as Cheese on toast, or advise on how to use leftovers to some brilliant apple based desserts.
Iīve made some awesome potato and bacon pies from this book and really love the easy recipes for baked potatoes and other things that are cheap and easy but not always as boring as you might imagine.
The book I have is in paperback form and has an older cover than the particularly stylish one above, mine has a cover with a picture of a few simple ingredients and was purchased as part of the Penguin Cook Books Collection with 7 other books on Thebookpeople website for a tenner.
The book has proved useful to me on many occasions as I am not the most inventive person in the kitchen and Mr Slaters recipes focus more on ease and taste than technical proficiency, I have found easy ways to fry up precooked potatoes with cabbage for a hearty dinner the next evening, or using sausages with lentils a drop of red wine and making a delicous hearty stew.
The book is alphabetically ordered which makes it easy to follow, so cheese comes before watermelon, generally there are 4 or 5 recipes ranging from the blatantly obvious to some really interesting and innovatively simple ideas.
The book is similar to Simon Hopkinsons in that it helps the cook reclaim the kitchen from some of the poncier elements who suggest you need a gadget for everything and have to source ingredients from the excess regions of eastern kurdistan.
What I really like about the book is Nigelīs introduction where he explains the concept for the book was for people coming home from work to be able to quickly and easily rustle something up, I really appreciate that as many cookbooks presume you have hours to cook when sometimes it has to be a frozen pizza because youīve had a bad day, the train was late and your starved. This is honest, realistic and a really good idea.
It has 352 pages in total, it doesnīt look great as there arenīt pictures, but it is written really well and in language that is easy to understand, what it lacks in pictures it makes up for in commonsense.
The book is available on Amazon for 5.97 or 2.30 UK Pounds, used (Massive apologies that my reviews have mentioned quid or not included pound signs for a while but the button is really acting up on my keyboard).
The idea is this is cooking for 2 people that takes around 30 minutes, it includes staples like bacon, cabbage, apples, celery, cheap items and accepts that not all meals are for 8 people, this is honest realistic writing which is a must for any fans of Nigels Guardian column.
Summary: One of the most accessible cookbooks on the market
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