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Leon: Ingredients and Recipes Hardcover – October 13, 2008

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Proves fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy Sunday Times Style I love the Leon chain. It serves really fresh fast food but the kind that's good for you. Its meatballs are amazing and it's licensed. -- Gordon Ramsay Fantastic, gutsy, Technicolor stuff -- Jay Rayner Guardian Leon is as sexy as a cookbook gets - stylish, interesting, and full of tempting, yet inexpensive, seasonal recipes Delicious Magazine

About the Author

When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004 their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now 33 restaurants serving over 120,000 people a week. Allegra McEvedy is a chef, writer, broadcaster and culinary explorer. She has been cooking professionally for 20 years, doing her apprenticeship in some of London's best restaurants, before packing up her knives and moving to the US. After working in New York and San Francisco, she came back and opened The Good Cook in a London community centre, with her ethos of 'the best food to the most people'. In 2000 she became Chef-in-Residence at The ICA, leaving in 2003 to co-found LEON. She has had weekly columns in the Evening Standard and the Guardian and is a regular guest presenter on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends. As well as appearing on a miscellany of television shows, in summer 2009 Allegra co-presented Economy Gastronomy, a BBC series about spending less and using ingredients wisely. Her books include The Good Cook (2000), Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook (2006, winner of an IACP award), Bought, Borrowed & Stolen and the best-selling Economy Gastronomy (2009). Allegra is a spokesperson for the Fairtrade Foundation and in 2008 was awarded the MBE for services to the hospitality industry.
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Product Details

  • Series: Leon
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus Ltd; 1St Edition edition (October 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915020
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WOW! What a FUN cookbook. Love, love, love it! I have hundreds (1,000?) cookbooks, and this is hands-down, the most beautiful, interactive cookbook I have ever read. Think pop-up books for adult cooks- there are pull-out maps, a fun cupboard page that opens up to see 'pantry staples,' cut-out pages, and stickers, and outstanding art design. The food? Fantastic! The book is separated into two sections: one describing all the foods and staples (all super-healthy), and the second has recipes from Leon in London and its staff members. This book is a really fun read...lots of personal stories, vacation photos from when Leon staffers were kids, and interesting, healthy recipes. Bravo to the publisher for a truly unique book. highly recommended!!!
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A good friend's mum lugged the LEON Cookbook all the way from the UK, just for me. I couldn't wait to get the imps to bed so I could sit down with it.

What surprised me most was that recipes are just half of it. The front end is dedicated to ingredients. Every ingredient you love and some, offering info and inspiration on how best to use them. The second half is overflowing with recipes from the famous Leon Restaurants in the UK.

In a word it's a BIBLE. I'm already referring to it on a regular basis, marking pages with the colorful, attached silk ribbons. Did I mention it is art directed in a fabulously colorful vintage kinda way. Very cool for Mothers Day.

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The recipes are good but the ingredients listing is what makes this book purchase worthy! Remember it is a British book so there will be some conversions involved. The seasonal chart is also a great addition to the book.
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The imagery in this book is absolutely fabulous and it gets you excited to start cooking with all these amazing ingredients. The only thing I wish I remembered before ordering it, is that the book was published in London therefore you need to convert all of the measurements within the recipes. Other than that, amazing book. I love the seasonal chart!
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I'm reading a cookbook. Like, _reading_ a cookbook. The ingredients section is amazing: informative, mouth-watering, interesting. And the recipes? I've made several and all of them have been great.
I can't wait to go to London and give them more of my money.
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Unusual cookbook with, as the title suggests, 1/2 of the book about ALL kinds of ingredients - "the right basic building blocks" to create "good" and "good for you" food. The 21 Leon restaurants are located primarily in England so fruit and vegetable varieties may be unavailable to some of us; however, having first read the book at the library I knew this. I was so impressed with the text, creative and colorful illustrations and underlying philosophy I still thought I had to have it. Full range of illustrated, interesting and easy to prepare recipes.Strong binding and heavy matte finish paper assure a book that will last.
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