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Veg: River Cottage Everyday Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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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.
The biggest surprise was Hugh's "Magic Dough" bread recipe. I've been trying to find a successful pizza dough recipe for years and the "Magic Dough" lived up to the hype. The pizza crust came out crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy inside. The dough was easy to handle and rolled out nice and thin.
I've been a vegetarian for fifteen years and my husband and son are carnivores. It's a real find to have a cookbook that has recipes that we all can enjoy. Salad consumption has tripled at dinnertime.
This review refers to the UK version of the book. I had to look up what "strong flour" was. (Bread flour in the US) and the measurements are all in metric. So if you prefer fahrenheit to centigrade and ounces to milliliters, you might want to wait for the American edition of this book due out in May 2013.
My title says it all. The recipes are straight forward and easy to prepare using fresh ingredients. They all turned out well.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Useful, practical recipes that use whole ingredients. I've tried some of HFW's recipes off the internet, this is the first one of his books I've purchased. Read morePublished 8 months ago by sjk
An inspirational book that will encourage you to develop and enjoy cooking and eating more vegetables, whether you are vegetarian or not (we are not). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marc Millon
Great book. Having visited River cottage in the UK myself, I had to buy this book. Most of their meals they serve are from this book apparently. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pauline
So many good recipes in here, many of which have become staples of my family's diet. Exciting and accessible vegetarian food.Published 9 months ago by Susie128
Hugh is the best hands down! If you don't know his cooking show you can watch it on YouTube. This book is fab, fun and quirky. Just like Hugh!Published 12 months ago by Joanna D