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Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook Hardcover – June 1, 2011

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'Annabel's book will give everyone the confidence to get in the kitchen, have fun and with friends - and surprise themselves and their friends.' -Maggie Beer 'Annabel's books are always a pleasure to read and her never-fail recipes are delicious.' -Peter Gordon

About the Author

Annabel Langbein is one of New Zealand's best loved food writers and now the star of her own international TV series, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook. She has worked professionally in the kitchen for the past 20 years and has self-published a number of titles. Annabel has won a number of international awards, including the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Assemble and Cooking to Impress.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane on July 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a long-time Annabel fan. I own several hundred cookbooks, but her earlier book The Best of Annabel Langbein has always been my go-to book for pretty much every recipe you could ever want. This new book The Free Range Cook is simply gorgeous, with beautiful photos and recipes that are easy to follow, come out right every time and taste sensational! I've been working my way through the recipes and the standouts so far are the Strawberry Cloud Cake and The Ultimate Chocolate Cake - it's worth buying the book for those two recipes alone! Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By provenance on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a confident cook but needed some inspiration and fresh ideas....I was bored with doing the same old things and I've never been good at following recipes. Then I bought Annabel Langbein's book The Free Range Cook. It's revolutionised my cooking adn my entertaining. I have lots of recipe books that I simply look at. Annabel's book is really used! Annabel's recipes are simple to follow, quick, since I always leave things to the last minute, I have the ingredients (or she suggests alternatives), and best of all the food is sooooooooo delicious and looks fantastic. Whether it is just for me at home or for friends, I love it. The book is even better since it is full of gorgeous New Zealand scenery, Annabel looks so charming and natural, and the pictures show the freshest, most edible, seasonal local foods I've seen. It is both a practical book and a coffee table talking point. Watch this woman become a global phenomena instead of New Zealand's best kept secret.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Oakley on December 7, 2011
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This is the best cookbook I have ever read. I want to cook almost everything. Easy to follow recipes, easy to find the ingredients, it's just wonderful. Annabel is delightful, she explains things really well and offers several alternatives and ideas for what to do with the finished products. The photos are gorgeous and the narrative engaging. This is not a book full of complicated "I'll never make that" food, this is full of "I can do that, I want to do that" food! I recommend this cookbook to novices and experienced cooks alike. Not the same old stuff, but not weird or obscure stuff either. Just excellent new ways with familiar ingredients. Delicious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karin Meier on January 11, 2012
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Annabel makes it easy to create great food in a short time with her `fridge fixings.' I could not live without her fabulous chillie jam. I can make up a few sauces and condiments on the weekend and they last a couple of weeks. I'm uninspired to make anything that I can't see first and the photos are wonderful. I highly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cook carole on February 7, 2012
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Over the years, I have used many cook books, but since our recent trip to New Zealand, I got hooked onto some of the recipes in Annabel Langbein's cook books. When I got home, I ordered her book entitled The Free Range cook and I have been using it ever since. The recipes are marvelous...easy to follow since there is a conversion page in the back. Her recipe for caramelized onion tarts was my most recent dish and my husband wants me to have it at least once a week. Her easy bread recipe is another winner. Actually, I think most of the recipes are winners. As an extra bonus, her pictures of New Zealand are stunning. I will order this book from Amazon as a gift item for my friends who love to cook.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MJ on November 2, 2011
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This book is fabulous! Amazing pictures and fabulous recipes that anyone could attempt and succeed at. You do not need to be a Chef to enjoy this book, just an enthusiastic cook!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AY Lim on July 12, 2013
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I've bought a number of cookbooks in my life and no matter how accurate you follow the instruction - something is always missing. This book is refreshing. Annabel is genuine in wanting us to know how to cook the dishes she recommends. Her instructions are clear and comes with additional tips. Even if one doesn't know how to cook, one could succeed just by following the recipe. Her recipes are also simple (not overly elaborate like many other celebrity chefs), easy to make (comparatively), use easily attainable ingredients and VERY delicious. To me, this is what a cookbook should be. Simply fabulous!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By natasha on May 14, 2012
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This cookbook was recommended to me by a chef I met while traveling in New Zealand. Annnabel has her own weekly TV cooking show and has gathered an enthusiastic following from the "green" and organically-oriented folks of Kiwi country. I believe that this cookbook also won an international cookbook competition. No surprise - the layout is beautiful, the recipes are easy to follow, feature easily-purchased ingredients, and the gorgeous pictures make it hard to decide what recipe to try first. I originally bought this book for my sister, but decided to buy one for myself because it is truly spectacular! Bonus: Amazon's cost is half of the cost in New Zealand.
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