15 November 2009
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this latest offering from Dorling Kindersley - Cook Express. I was planning on setting this book up as a prize, however, it is just too water damaged to give out. Thanks DHL!
All is not lost though, a large selection of recipes from this beautifully put together book are available as a widget for your desktop and it is also available to buy directly from Dorling Kindersley or from Amazon UK with a massive 40% discount.
The book is divided into two sections - Everyday and Food For Friends.
(Mixed Mushroom Spinach & Orange Salad )
(Flageolet Bean & Smoked Cheese Salad)
10 Ways With ..... (cheese, salmon, mince, sausages, eggs, bacon and ham & turkey)
Pizza, Quesadillas and Pancakes
(Perfect Pizza Dough)
Easy Tarts & Pies
Get The Most From Your Roast
Batch & Freeze
Food For Friends
No-Fuss Finger Food & Dips
(Meringue & Mango Mess)
(Orange & Chocolate Tiramisu)
(Blackcurrant Jelly with Vanilla Cream)
Freeze Ahead Desserts
Cakes & Bakes
The book has a massive 700 recipes, each and every one of them illustrated with a mouthwatering photo. I don't know about you, but I hate cookbooks that don't give you photos alongside recipes.
Each section of the book includes tips and techniques to compliment the recipes and there is a really nifty recipe chooser at the front of the book, which shows photos of each dish in the book, with title, cooking time and page number listed underneath. A much smarter way of offering an index, more tastespotting than the average index and saves a lot of time when browsing for a recipe.
There are a good selection of vegetarian recipes in this book and all recipes can be made in under 15 or 30 minutes, so great for rustling up dishes after work or when you are short of time.
Some of my favourite recipes in the book are Artichoke & Fennel Dip, Swiss Chard & Gruyere Cheese Tart, Pearl Barley & Borlotti Bean One-Pot, Mushroom & Ricotta Pies with Red Pepper Pesto, Pear & Cinnamon Strudel, Blueberry Ripple Cheesecake and Apricot Crumble Shortcake.
I am sure I will be sharing a recipe or two from the book with you soon. It is a real treasure trove.
Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.