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August Books 3) Real Fast Food

3) Real Fast Food: 350 recipes ready-to-eat in 30 minutes, by Nigel Slater

Bought this in the same shop as Brave New World, for the same price (50p). It's been a real inspiration to me this holiday; the concept is a very straightforward one, cooking really tasty meals reasonably quickly. I can't say that it always took me less than half an hour to do the recipes, but the results were worth it. Slater encourages experimenting, and this evening's meal was my substition of stewed leek instead of fennel in his pork and lemon dish. All very yummy.

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bohemiancoast
Aug. 6th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
This was our absolute favourite cookbook when there were two of us. We cooked out of it all the time, from quick snacks to dinner parties. There is a sequel, The 30 minute cook, which has several of my all-time favourite ordinary family meals in it, and another, Real Fast Puddings, which is handy for those times when ice cream just won't do.

Many of the recipes work less well for a family, to be fair. But, still, an essential cookbook.
nickbarnes
Aug. 6th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, this was also a key cookbook for us when there was an us. Also Real Fast Puddings, although it has a bit of the bandwagon about it.
lizatgreenside
Aug. 6th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
There's a rather disturbing this-book-dooms-relationships theme to these posts, which I'll just continue... The chicken/pesto/mozzarella recipe is great, as is the chicken/lemon/basil. And along the same lines; Fay Maschler's "Eating In", bought for 50p on the way back from an unsuccessful interview in Hull in 1990, is the other food-stained paperback I keep returning to - if you ever see a copy, grab it...
bohemiancoast
Aug. 6th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
No! My relationship is fine, it's just that we grew two new people!
lizatgreenside
Aug. 6th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
That occurred to me after I sent the post - phew!! Good to know...
nwhyte
Aug. 7th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Actually the really peculiar thing is that all four people who commented are Cambridge graduates...
rmc28
Aug. 6th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think fanf would enjoy that (and Charles and I would enjoy the results!) Thanks.
londonkds
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
I like Slater, although my experience was that "The Thirty-Minute Cook" was extremely optimistic about time. That may have been due to my low dexterity, though.
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