Saturday, 14 January 2012

What to Cook & How to Cook It Book Review

I recently bought What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby. I bought this book after it was recommended to me by my mother in law. It was around £16.99 on Amazon. It's a nice big hardback book with two red ribbons inside to use as bookmarks. This is a good step by step book with each recipe starting with a photograph of all the ingredients you need laid out on a white surface. I think its fair to say this book is perfect for people who are new to cooking and it would be a good present to give a student leaving for university or anyone setting up home for the first time.

The book is split in to the following sections: Breakfast & Brunch, Light Lunches, Simple Suppers, Food for Sharing, Weekend Cooking, Side Dishes and Desserts & Baking. There is also a nice introduction telling you about kitchen equipment and store cupboard essentials.

There are a couple of recipes I have bookmarked which include Aubergine Parmigiana and Lamb & Potato Curry with Fragrant Rice. I don't find it an overly inspirational book but I would pull it off the bookshelf when cooking something traditional like a cottage pie or lasagne just to double check ingredients. All the instruction is written very simply and clearly and gives you reassurance nothing could go wrong with anything you make.

A good trusty cook book but doesn't transport you to exotic far away places like most of the other cook books I own (and paid less for).

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