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Saturday, 28 April 2012

What's For Dinner by Fay Ripley

What's for Dinner?: Easy and Delicious Recipes for Everyday Cooking

Mumsnet Best Cookbook winner, Fay Ripley, is back with a no-fuss collection of simple, tasty recipes to take you from Monday to Sunday with ease. Actress, mum of two and passionate home cook, Fay shares 100 of her favourite tried-and-tested dishes. Whether it is midweek and you need good food fast, want deliciously easy recipes that the whole family can share or are looking for tasty weekend meals that don't require hours in the kitchen, Fay's recipes will hit the spot time and time again. What's for Dinner? includes quick-to-prepare suppers such as Roast Tomato and Prosciutto Penne, one-pot dishes such as Chicken and Squash Traybake, 'don't panic' Corner Shop recipes, easy-peasy baking and puds, effortless Friday-night dinners and Sunday Roasts that will encourage everyone to gather round the kitchen table. All the recipes are accompanied by their own mouth-watering photo and don't require an endless shopping list of unusual ingredients you'll only use once. Instead, these are affordable dishes with easy-to-find ingredients, simple-to-follow methods and plenty of tips for feeding babies, freezing, preparation and cooking times. This is a cookbook that's not only inspiring but genuinely useful. Packed with flavour, down-to-earth advice and wit, Fay's second cookbook shows how easy it can be to enjoy delicious home-cooked food every day.

The book is split into eight chapters: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Weekend, Cornershop and Sides. There are 100 of Fay's favourite, no fuss recipes, which are easy to cook and are tasty, simple food.

Each recipe has a full page, colour photograph of the finished dish. Alongside each recipe are suggested number of servings, preparation time, cooking time and, for those recipes suitable, which are freezable. 

There are many different types of recipes: soups, traditional meals, deserts, accompaniments and a number of recipes suitable for vegetarians. Most of the recipes include ingredients which can be picked up in any supermarket or corner store (especially the chapter entitled corner shop). Most of the recipes could be adapted to include whatever you have in the fridge or cupboard. 

I also found that many of the recipes are simple enough that children could help with the preparation, getting them involved in meal times. The recipes are also ones which children are likely to eat - even the most fussy of eaters.

There are many 'Time Tips' included within the book and recipes - time cutting tips which will assist in any kitchen. There are tips for 'Baby Biz' for families with very small children and other tips including hints for veggies or suggestions of variation of ingredients for many of the recipes within the book.

In summary, I think this is a great cook book that would be useful in any family's kitchen library. There are recipes that all the family will enjoy - whether they are fussy eaters, vegetarians or small ones just beginning to have proper meals.

Thank you to Mumsnet who sent me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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