Fantastic sequel to ‘Veg’ Do I need another cook book? Like a hole in the head…my kitchen shelf is groaning under the weight of my collection of books. Who cares?! I love ’em and get much pleasure simply from reading a well written and well presented cookery book. My partner enjoys crime novels, I like cook books!This new HFW book doesn’t disappoint. I love the Veg Evey Day book, and this is very much in that style. Beautiful to hold and read – superb colour photographs that just make you want to head straight into the kitchen and get going! And there are some fabulous recipes here that I just can’t wait to try: tonight I’m making the chicken, plums and soy (looks amazing), and because I’m off to Sidmouth on holiday soon I’ll be trying the crab, mayo and bread too. Other combos that look worthy of an early attempt include: mushroom, scone and sour cream; coconut, chilli and squash; mackerel, orange and celery; meringue, coffee and black currants. All look wonderful, all are simple, and many will be tried and tasted!So if you, like me, really don’t need another cookbook, who cares?! Dive in and buy this one – I’m sure you really won’t regret it! (sound of splintering wood from kitchen as the shelf finally gives way!!)
Hugh’s done it again I’ll admit that I was a bit cynical about this book – how could HFW repeat the success of his last two “Everyday” books without starting to repeat himself? And he does, but only a couple of times. Generally, it’s more of the same creative, practical flair – good, straightforward natural ingredients put together in brilliant combinations. It’s another winner – he really does get better and better.I use “River Cottage Veg” on an almost daily basis and this one will be the same, I’m sure. He really does put healthy, natural food within anyone’s reach. You can throw together some of his pasta recipes, for example, in less time than it would take to pick a ready meal and bung it in the microwave. And, while every recipe is based on a winning flavour combo, he always suggests alternative, so if you have a veg plot it’s easy to come up with something quick and simple that will use up the latest crop.There’s some great ideas for snacks, salads and soups here – so no excuse for expensive ready-made sandwiches! Meat and fish sections are also excellent, with storecupboard meals represented alongside feasts requiring daily trips to the shops. And finally, there are lots of yummy puddings.So go for it – Hugh has pulled it off again and this one is really worth the money.
A Great Concept ….. ….. and a refreshing change from all those complicated cookbooks with recipe lists as long as your arm, including ingredients which are sometimes almost impossible to source.Certainly the guest chefs on the BBC’s “Saturday Kitchen” could learn a thing or two from HF-W in this regard.Good to see that Amazon have clipped the price of this book since its publication from £16 to £14.75. Unfortunately it is still 18% more expensive than Sainsbury’s delivered online price of £12.49. The days when Amazon could be relied upon to offer unbeatable value appear to be over.
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