Bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen is back with a celebration of favourite foods for making memories.
Ever feel rapture over a pudding? Fall in love over a romantic meal? Can you remember the smell of baking in your grandmother's kitchen? Food has the power to conjure up many emotions – it can make us feel happy or energetic, nostalgic or loved. Cooking and enjoying great food with others is part of how we relish life and in her new paperback book, Rachel Allen provides the mouth-watering recipes to help you do just that.
Rachel explores the foods that stir these wonderful feelings. She provides inspiring and easy-to-achieve suggestions for all kinds of occasions whether you want to make an indulgent celebratory meal for someone special, create memories with your kids, or need a little healthy boost…or a sneaky treat! This is the food that will make you smile.
Rachel's Food for Living includes over 100 recipes such as Greek Lamb, Onion and Butter Bean Stew; Korean Beef with Avocado Rice; Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Soup; Little Mocha Kisses.
1 Food for the soul
2 Childhood favourites
3 Making memories
4 Something to celebrate
5 The Lazy Sunday
6 An elegant afternoon
7 Pleasure without the guilt
8 Food for romance
9 For the love of chocolate
10 Classic dishes
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It's a jungle out there. With the number of TV chefs vying for our attention (along with all their attendant books), we really need to hack our way through the foliage to discover those worthy of our attention. With Rachel's Food for Living, Rachel Allen moves effortlessly to the top of the pile, and this book (which accompanies a 13-part BBC prime-time series) does full justice to its video version. What distinguishes Rachel Allen from so many other chefs is the way in which she appreciates that food must be integrated into our lives, rather than just being fuel or a way of showing off our culinary skills. As Allen points out, food can be restorative, nurturing and emotionally fulfilling, even apart from its tastiness. As she reminds us, the ritual of eating may be formalised or spontaneous, and the appreciation of the way in which we can approach food in different ways is very much at the heart of Rachelís Food for Living
But if all of the above sounds a little forbidding, it should be noted that the book here functions admirably as a guide to the best available food -- and leaving aside any philosophical underpinnings, there are over 100 delicious recipes included here, from Perfect Lamb Stew and Chicken with Lemon and Honey to Banana and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding. The recipes are presented in as user-friendly a fashion as possible, with full-page illustrations showing us just what we can aspire to in our own kitchens. When Allen says this book is filled with foods which have special meaning for her, her family and friends, it makes clear the personal nature of the recipes on offer here. But (in the end) such things donít matter: on a strictly utilitarian level, Rachelís Food for Living really delivers the goods. --Barry ForshawReview:
"A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable" – Sunday Times
"Food for real people" – Irish Examiner
‘If you haven’t heard of Rachel Allen, you will soon. Ireland’s blond and beautiful equivalent of Nigella Lawson…is taking her place on the international culinary scene with her everyday food that focuses on simple suppers and divine puddings.’ – Daily Mail YOU Magazine
‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post
‘…an obvious addition to the best-loved and most-used category of cookbook’ – Sunday Tribune
‘She's back, to make us green with envy as we drool over her house, her children, her clothes, her industrious lifestyle, and her food, too, of course.’ - The Irish Times Magazine
‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious and love this book.’ Delicious Magazine
‘Rachel’s passion for her subject is infectious.’ Somerfield Magazine
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New paperback copy, may have some shelf wear, ready for immediate despatch. Bookseller Inventory # 006824
Book Description Harpercollins Reference Hbacks, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007288220