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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books; Reprint edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906868484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868482
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sophie Wright is an award winning, young English chef. She has made a cookbook with some interesting meals that take less than an hour to cook and prepare. The book contains; every day, watching your pennies, posh nosh, informal eating, desserts and drinks. Most dishes have large pictures. Each recipe has the total time and then broken down into preparation and cooking. For many dishes there are also ideas of ingredients that can be substituted. There is a 30 minute meals index, a 30-60 minute meals and an ingredients index. Some simple lists included in the beginning are; essential ingredients and equipment and some cooking tips.

The recipes are all relatively easy, most of what makes them easy to prepare are ready cooked rice, lentils, bouillon. There are comments on the recipes, usually one recipe to a page and even some help like: if you do not have a bamboo steamer, use an upturned sauce in the bottom of a shallow pan with a lid. Terms such as lardons are translated in to American = smoked bacon.
We have enjoyed these recipes especially; chicken, leek and bacon pie, and easy mess - much like Eton mess- a delectable dessert that you should try, and her version of creamy macaroni and cheese made with Boursin, cream cheese and mozzarella - it's very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nada on December 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift when I started a new job where I was going to be working late, given that I loved cooking and eating home-cooked meals.

I have tried 4 recipes so far, and they have all been delectable (the chermoula was yuuuum, and so was the baked gnocchi)

However, I think it suffers from a few flaws:

1. the timing is really off, and I am not a novel cook! Of course, if you are trying a new recipe for the first time, it takes some more time, but still. For instance, I timed myself for a salad that is supposed to take 20 minutes and it took 40! True, I do the dishes as I cook, but if you don't you end up with an amazing dirty dishes production..

2. most recipes are not very healthy: the time you cut in cooking is made up with fat: butter, cream, etc..

I would definitely recommend this book for creative yummy recipes but I would consider it a cookbook to use once a month or two weeks..
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I received this recipe book as a gift from friends about a year ago and have enjoyed a number of meals from it. Most of the recipes are simple, but do take 30-40 minutes; still, that's within the "Home at 7, Dinner at 8" time-frame.

I appreciate that the margins include ideas for changing up the recipes slightly as well as Sophie's suggestions in the beginning of the book for items that you should always have on hand and ways to cut down on prep time.

A caveat: DO NOT believe her portion sizes. Time and time again I've reviewed recipes prior to shopping for ingredients and thought "this is supposed to serve 4? Seems more like an 8 person dish" but went ahead with her quantities. I usually like to make 2-4 person dishes for myself to have leftovers for a couple days, but it does me no good to have a dish for 8 that I'll get bored of halfway through the week. Even for recipes she indicates will feed 1 or 2 light meals, they've proven to yield about double. Trust your gut.
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