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River Cottage Every Day
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 25, 2011
`River Cottage Everyday' brings recipes that are a bit different than the normal ordinary everyday cookbook; although these could be served day after day and also for some special occasions too.

There are some excellent descriptions in the differences between cooking oils and flours. There are many pictures of the recipes and ones illustrating Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's narrations of his cooking experiences. Entertaining line drawings are added into many of the pages.

He introduces each section, which include recipes for; making breakfast, bread, lunch boxes, fish, thrifty meat, vegetables, which includes soups, fruit and treats. These are recipes that are a bit geared to European tastes and cooking rather than the heavy American comfort food. They are healthy and make use of fresh ingredients and provide some great alternatives for ordinary cooking. Hopefully you would have a taste for thyme, since many of the recipes seem to lean heavily on this seasoning.
There are many delicious smoothie recipes and some interesting healthy alternatives for lunch. Surprising hits with our family have been; kippers with smashed new potatoes, scotch broth salad, slow roast beef brisket with potatoes and onions, salad of baby peas ricotta and green onions, green beans with tomatoes, stuffed butternut squash and especially his version of Eton mess with raspberries. That will give you an idea of some of the types of food that you can find in this book

The recipes are clearly written and printed out, with enough white space around them, that even when a page has 3 on it, one can read and interpret what you should be doing very easily. This would provide an interesting addition to many cookbook collections.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
I've just spent the past week cooking several recipes from the this book.

My title says it all. The recipes are straight forward and easy to prepare using fresh ingredients. They all turned out well.

Highly recommended.

This is an English book, so a few recipes contain ingredients which are hard to find in the US, eg kippers. But this is not a big deal.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 30, 2011
I just finished reading through this cookbook and intend to put many of these recipes to use. I wanted to say that the author makes a point of saying, *before* the chapter on meats, that he is interested in helping folks put to use some of the less expensive odder cuts of meat with which they may find themselves. He is also British, which I think changes what is readily available for him. I think you have to keep that in mind. If you are a family who has ever purchased a quarter or half of a beef (we have, this is common in our rural area), then you know exactly what he is talking about...you get the tongue, the heart and other things that many of us Americans don't really know how to cook. I think this is his intention, to allow these cuts to be enjoyed. So I think the "devilled lamb hearts" example of a previous reviewer, while it does make a point--this kind of cuisine is not for everyone--is probably the most extreme example in the book and ought to be taken with a grain of salt.

I found myself really loving the recipes, most of which do not require an insane number of ingredients, though some substitutions for Americans might be necessary--but he often addresses this with variations or notes already! His vegetable recipes are particularly inspiring to me, as are some of the breakfasts (portabellos on toast!). I think this is a nice cookbook for someone who wants to put a little more thought and gourmet variety into their "everyday" cooking and mix things up a bit. I could see a number of these recipes making it onto our family table frequently, and we are cooking for 2 adults and 5 kids (including 3 teenagers).
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I have to admit that I buy more cookbooks than is truly practical and unfortunately I often don't cook as many recipes as I should from the books I purchase. Unlike some that I currently own, this cookbook has so much more than pretty pictures and interesting ideas - a bit unlike High's earlier books the recipes in "river cottage every day" are practical day-to-day undertakings and can be accomplished by the home cook in a reasonable amount of time. His focus on seasonal cooking and fresh produce make this a year round winner - there are of course many recipes that take advantage of the summer and fall bounty of crops but these are balanced by a wealth of appealing recipes to carry the cook trough the less abundant winter and early spring seasons. The hand drawn images that are strewn throughout the book bring whimsy and unique detail to Simon Wheeler's beautiful photos. I am on a mission to cook through this book and so far have made the chicken and mushroom casserole with cider, roast beef, six seed soda bread, seedy spinach salad, and beef with mustardy lentils and mint - all included enough direction for the novice cook while leaving room for more experienced practitioners to improvise, some recipes even include variations. I are very much looking forward to experimenting with home made sourdough and fish curry (likely leading to fish curry pies) this coming weekend and am excitedly anticipating tackling many more of the books recipes in the coming months.

Thanks Hugh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
With the hundreds of cookbooks on the market that proclaim to teach you simple cooking, this is (almost) the only one worth buying. And that is because it does not teach you the kind of "simple" cooking that is so prevalent on American TV in general, meaning the dump-and-stir shows of Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, Paula Deen etc. that are all about convenience foods.

Hugh F.-W. does not tell you to use processed, genetically enhanced plastic food like dehydrated potatoes, frozen veggies, powdered orange juice or instant everything to make a quick meal. Instead it is about fresh, seasonal, preferably local ingredients for meals that do not have to take hours to make from scratch. With foods that can easily be found in your garden (if you have one), at a farmer's market or the local butcher.

This book will not give you any new and ground-breaking recipes, but uncomplicated kitchen staples that have been around for a long time and are doable for everyone. The one-star review mentioned deviled lamb hearts (so what?) as proof that this book is not about simple cooking, but the recipes also include grilled chicken, burgers, vegetable soup and roasted carrots.

P.S.: If you are lucky enough to catch Hugh's River Cottage shows on TV, they are worth checking out. They tell you a lot more about his philosophy of bringing real home cooking back to the kitchens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
River Cottage Everyday was bought for me as a gift and I love it!
Having been following Hugh and the gang on TV over the years, it is exactly what you'd expect from a River Cottage book. Loads of gorgeous recipes that aren't over complicated and fill you with culinary confidence.
(When you read through, you can almost hear Hugh in your head. :D)

This is, without a doubt, the most used cook book I have, and I wouldn't be without it. I can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
This is an excellent, accessible cookbook for nearly all ability levels. I use it and give it as gifts for friends and family who are cooking enthusiasts. His show is also great.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I love cookbooks, I buy them like most women buy purses or like men buy power tools. I can't get enough of them. So it was easy to talk myself into buying this new cookbook by River Cottage. I am becoming a groupy. Oh well.

I love the fact that most of the recipes have a picture and a story. That helps me to fall in love with the recipe, to know a little about it. Then the recipes themselves are very simple and easy to prepare. There are some items that we either don't have easy access to, or I won't use (pigs liver), so I will sub something else, no big deal.

I am working my way through the cookbook and am excited to report back on the recipes as I prepare them. If you turely want to cook at home and make dinner time family time this is a great place to start. Get eveyone involved and bring the family back to the table.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
I loved this book. I wanted to cook everything in it. It's full of really interesting, practical, and tasty sounding recipes, along with a great general approach. Then I tried cooking from it, and I have to conclude that the author is not much of a baker. The two recipes I tried (peanut butter breakfast bars and beet and chocolate brownies) fell well short of my expectations. They just did not hold together well. I mean, really did not hold together at all. The recipes for meat and vegetables are probably much better.

As a general approach, I think this book is great, but the recipes I tried were not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Yet another excellent, down to earth book by this author. This has already found a place in our kitchen as my wife follows many of his recipes wih glee, creating new and exciting dishes for us both to enjoy. So far no failures and not hugely expensive. Some ingredients can be a little hard to source in our part of the world but there are alternatives. I recommend Hugh's books to anyone who is either a beginner or a good cook.
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