Cook Express

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.


No Cook
(Mixed Mushroom Spinach & Orange Salad )
(Flageolet Bean & Smoked Cheese Salad)
Speedy Suppers
Everyday Chicken
10 Ways With ..... (cheese, salmon, mince, sausages, eggs, bacon and ham & turkey)
Faster Pasta

Pizza, Quesadillas and Pancakes
(Perfect Pizza Dough)
Easy Tarts & Pies
Get The Most From Your Roast
Batch & Freeze
Store cupboard

Food For Friends

Menu Planners
No-Fuss Finger Food & Dips
Simple Starters
Big-Pot Gatherings
All-in-One Roasts

No-Cook Desserts
(Meringue & Mango Mess)
(Orange & Chocolate Tiramisu)
(Tropical Trifle)
(Blackcurrant Jelly with Vanilla Cream)
Freeze Ahead Desserts
Indulgent Puddings
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.


  1. Yeah...water damaged...I believe you!!!
    Book looks great - lucky you getting a freebie!

  2. No, honest, although it is so heavy I might have had to remortgage my house to pay for postage!

  3. I love Dorling Kindersley books, they are always so perfect!

  4. Me too Pam, they definitely stand for good quality. Their books are always great.

  5. I like the sound of chocolate orange tiramisu :) yum yum

  6. I thought that one looked and sounded yummy too Fleur :)

  7. Sounds like an amazing book Jackie.I just love to get freebies too:D

  8. Amazing that each recipe has a photo. I love seeing photos of the food, but the book must be huge!

  9. Hi Val, it is a nice perk, isn't it?

    You are right Andrea, it is a thick book. Great value for money.

  10. I'm with you, cookbooks with pictures are much better. I think the real reason for holding onto it is the shipping costs and not the water damge :)

  11. 700 recipes! All with pics! Wow! No wonder it's so heavy...

  12. i don't know if the fact that it's time for a mid-morning snack or what, but pretty much everything you've named sounds scrumptious. hooray for free gifts, especially when they're useful!

  13. The book looks great..with real good pics in there..

  14. Looks like a beautiful book! Can't wait to see what you make from it.

  15. I agree with you about photos accompanying recipes. I really like to see what I'm making.

    Sounds like a super cookbook too.

  16. Hi TB, I will ignore your last statement! But, I am with you on the photo front. I have some great recipe books with no photos or few and I just don't pick them up as often.

    Very heavy Alex :)

    Hi Grace, Food blogs are definitely a dangerous place to be when you are hungry.

    It is a great one Shri, hours of browsing.

    Where to start Ricki, I think I will have to get to work with some post-its :)

    Hi Barbara, what can be better than sumptuous food shots?

  17. Holy moly! I want this cookbook. I always seem to only do recipes with photos, I would never repeat the same meal in 2 years!


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