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Bill Granger Easy

Bill Granger Easy and 10 free recipes

100 strong and laidback recipes from the easy going chef, Bill Granger. View details of the book – Bill Granger Easy. Also a free Kindle edition Discover Bill Granger: 10 Delicious, Taster Recipes from ‘Easy’.

The most important comment made by Bill in his introduction – relates to the fast pace of life – yet the need for relationships – and how food and cooking can bring these seemingly incompatable environments together in a wonderful and meaningful way.

The essesnce of this blog is to help promote family time together, cooking, baking and eating. So we agree whole heartedly with these sentiments.

The cookbook is subdivided into food type -sections, piece of chicken, slab of steak, leg of lamb etc.

Within each section Bill provides a number of recipes that can be prepared from the food type.

Fish as a type can be cooked as –

  • baked fish with capers, potatoes and lemon
  • Spanish fish stew
  • yellow fish curry and cocnut rice
  • pan fried salmon with cucumber and lemon salsa
  • chunky fishcakes

An interesting approach that allows a cook to return to each food type from time to time, but a different style of recipe can be selected and prepared.

The cookbook is beautifully presented with amazing photography!

Comfort food with sausages, pastas, sphagetti, salads with chorizo, cumin and tomato rice.. wonderful fresh, healthy and the best of different countries, sometimes mixed – but always inventive.


Jamie Oliver Jamie’s 15-minute meals recipes – What is in the book?

Jamie’s 15-minute meals: Delicious, Nutritious, Super-Fast Food 
by Jamie Oliver

The New TV series has now started get up to date with the recipes and videos at Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver watch tv episodes 1 – 40 recipes full guide updated.

Jamie’s new cookbook has been published and accompanies a new series on Channel 4. It will no doubt be very popular and head to the top of the book sales lists. Additional reviews of Jamie’s new cook book are avaviable at Jamies 15 minute meals and an information and book page at Jamie Oliver information and cook books

So what is in the new book?

A fine set of recipes, based on the unlikely concept that we can prepare meals in 15 minutes. It is all a bit rushed, but it is possible.

In the new cookbook,  Jamie has limited photos of each recipe and a short guide to each recipe to ensure extra fast cooking.

An introduction outlines the 15-minute philosophy – how Jamie set about creating the concept. The average cost and average price of each meal. Based on what we need to eat at each meal, getting the balance just right in terms of carbs, protein and fat.

  • How to serve food, what dishes, plates, platters etc.
  • How to cook food, its preparation and the equipment required.
  • The set up in the kitchen and the concept of a pantry, new for some.

Then to the recipes, based on the basics:

  • meats
  • chicken
  • beef
  • pork
  • lamb
  • fish
  • pasta
  • soups and sandwiches
  • vegetarian options

Recipes include:

  • chicken salad
  • chicken fajitas
  • Greek chicken
  • crispy duck
  • chilli con carne meatballs
  • beef Stroganoff
  • Cajun steak
  • pork tacos
  • lamb Kofte
  • griddled tuna
  • fish stew
  • sausage fusilli
  • mushroom farfalle
  • salad and crunchy noodles

Note many UK links now not functioning, the recipe links are here, also see NZ, Aus, Asia and Ca links below:

Save with Jamie recipes in the Sun New!

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A compete section on breakfast that include avocado in four ways, wonderful toasties, granola and fruit salads. Some amazing smoothies.

Each recipe is broken down into calories, fat, sugar and saturated fat.

Good to see Jamie getting into the detail of calories allowing us to keep track of how much we eat. In fact this is a good diet cook book.

Read about the new book at Jamie Oliver’s website.

See recipes from the new book on YouTube: as cooked by other folks….

Watch  a video of Jamie dancing and singing – and introduces his new cookbook.

New recipes at Jamie’s Facebook page.

No need to worry about sales, this will – as always – be a best seller for Jamie. He is a good guy, works hard and I think you will find the cook book an welcome addition to your kitchen library.

Details of Jamie’s restaurants and Jamie’s Italian.

To buy the new book, in the UK you can see Jamie Oliver 15 minute meals new cook book offers below…

In the USA Jamie’s new book is published September 27, 2012 see details:

Jamie’s next book:

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Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals cookbook Jamie Oliver watch tv episodes 1 – 40 recipes full guide updated

Jamies 15 Minute Meals  – Jamie Oliver, the TV series started 22 October 2012 on Channel 4 and Ch4 HD at 5.30pm Monday.

Jamie’s Comfort Food

New series with Jamie – Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday night feast CH4 from 10 Jan 2014

Note many UK links now not functioning, the recipe links are here, also see NZ, Aus, Asia and Ca links below:

Save with Jamie recipes in the Sun New!

Watch again + find recipe links and ingredients:

+ Jamie Oliver TV series

Save with Jamie’s Money Saving Meals + recipes

Well the wait is over, Jamie’s 15-minute meals TV series is here and consists of 40 episodes and is also accompanied by the fine new cookbook Jamie Oliver’s new 15-Minute Meals with all new 15 minute recipes.

Find out more about what is in Jamie’s new cookbook – click for a list of sections and example recipes.

Typical recipes include beef, pork, lamb, fish, chicken and vegetarian options. Styles include Jerk, Cajun, Thai, Asian, Indian and BBQ ingredients and influences.

You will need only the minimal cookware and be able to produce the results required.

“You don’t have to be able to cook like a ninja to create these dishes,” Jamie promises, “but these meals have flavour combinations that will put big smiles on the faces of your family and mates.”

Eat – Jamie Oliver’s really easy recipes free pull out with The Times Sat 2 Feb 2013

New: Save with Jamie shop smart cook clever waste less cookbook TV recipes

Missed an episode, recipes – see below….  but remember many links now deactivated….


Series 1 episode 1 – 35 information: 

Episode 1:  Chilli Con Carne Meatballs and Sticky Kicking Chicken on Monday 22 Oct 2012

To night Jamie cooks chilli con carne meatballs, sticky kicking chicken, watermelon radish salad and crunchy noodles.

Episode 2:  Fish Stew and Asian Beef on Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Next Jamie offers flashy fish stew, saffron sauce and garlic bread, plus seared Asian beef, best noodle salad and ginger dressing.

Episode 3: Camembert Parcels and Golden Chicken  on Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

Jamie makes crispy Camembert parcels, autumn salad and cranberry dip, plus golden chicken with braised greens and potato gratin.

Episode 4: Beef Stroganoff and Moroccan Mussels  on Thursday 25 Oct 2012

Jamie cooks beef stroganoff with fluffy rice and red onion and parsley pickle and then Moroccan mussels with a tapenade.

Episode 5: Fish Baps and Mushroom Farfalle  on Friday 26 Oct 2012

Jamie serves fish baps, mushy peas and tartare sauce followed by mushroom farfalle with blue cheese and a hazelnut and apple.

Episode 6: Lamb Lollipops and Prawn Linguini Monday 29 Oct 2012

Jamie cooks lamb lollipops, curry sauce and rice and peas, plus prawn linguini and Sicilian shaved fennel salad.

Episode 7: Chicken Dim Sum and Crab Briks Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

On the menu this time is chicken dim sum, coconut buns, cucumber pickle and hoi sin sauce, plus crackin’ crab briks, couscous salad and salsa.

Episode 8: Crispy Duck and Chicken Cacciatore Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

Jamie shows how to cook crispy duck and hoi sin lettuce parcels, and chicken cacciatore, spaghetti and smoky tomato sauce.

Episode 9: Moroccan Bream and British Burgers Thursday 1 Nov 2012

This time Jamie rustles up Moroccan bream, couscous salad, pomegranate and harissa, and British burgers, shred salad, pickles and things.

Epsiode 10: Jerk Pork and Poached Chicken Friday 2 Nov 2012

This time it’s jerk pork, grilled corn and crunchy tortilla salad, plus minestrone, poached chicken and salsa verde.

You can see reviews of Jamie’s new cook book (which was published on 27 September 2012) Jamies 15 minute meals. For UK readers Jamie Oliver information and cook books published in the US at the same time – details below.

Epsiode 11: Swedish meatballs and pasta pesto Monday 5 Nov 2012

To night Swedish meatballs, celeriac and spinach rice, plus pasta pesto, garlic and rosemary chicken.

Epsiode 12: Green tea salmon and modern greek salad Tuesday 6 Nov 2012

Wonderful green tea salmon, coconut rice and miso greens, modern Greek salad, spinach, chickpea and feta parcels.

Episode 13: Grilled steak and blackened chicken Wednesday 7 Nov 2012

Recipes this episode are grilled steak, ratatouille and saffron rice, blackened chicken, and San Fran quinoa salad.

Episode 14: Porks steaks and killer kedgeree Thursday 8 Nov 2012

Great pork steaks, Hungarian pepper sauce and rice, killer kedgeree, beans, greens and chilli yoghurt.

Episode 15: Rosemary chicken and happy cow burgers Friday 9 Nov 2012

Rosemary chicken, grilled polenta and porcini tomato sauce, plus happy cow burgers, old-school coleslaw and corn on the cob.

Episode 16: Sticky squid balls and grilled prawns Monday 12 Nov 2012

Jamie cooks sticky squid balls, grilled prawns and noodle broth, plus sausage fusilli and creamy garden salad.

Episode 17: Greek chicken and smoked salmon Tuesday 13 Nov 2012

To night smoked salmon, Yorkshire pud, beets and asparagus, plus gorgeous Greek chicken, sweet pepper and pea couscous with tzatziki.

Episode 18: Sizzling chops and asparagus lasagnetti  Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

This episode includes glazed sizzling chops, sweet tomato and asparagus lasagnetti, plus mushroom soup, stilton, apple and walnut croutes.

Episode 19: Asian tuna and coconut rice Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Jamie serves up seared Asian tuna, coconut rice and jiggy jiggy greens, plus ricotta fritters, tomato sauce and courgette salad.

Episode 20: Falafel wraps and spiced chicken lentils Friday 16 Nov 2012 

Mediterranean favourites – spiced chicken, bacon, asparagus and spinach lentils, plus falafel wraps, grilled veg and salsa.

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Episode 21: Grilled Tuna and Thai Chicken Monday 19 Nov 2012

Jamie cooks grilled tuna, kinda Nicoise salad, Thai chicken laksa and mildly-spiced noodle squash broth.

Episode 22: Lamb Tagine and Chicken Caesar Salad Tuesday 20 Nov 2012

To night lamb tagine, pan-fried aubergine and cumin crunch, and crispy polenta chicken caesar salad.

Episode 23: Fettuccine and Black Bean Beef Burgers Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

A nice combination of fettuccine, smoked trout, asparagus and peas, black bean beef burgers, noodles and pickle salad.

Episode 24: Pork Marsala and Thai Noodles Thursday 22 Nov 2012

A great pork Marsala, porcini rice and spring greens, plus koh samui salad, chilli tofu and Thai noodles.

Episode 25: Crispy Pork and Grilled Mushroom Sub Friday 23 Nov 2012

Jamie presents crispy Parma pork, minted courgettes and brown rice, plus grilled mushroom sub, smoky pancetta, melted cheese and pears.

Episode 26: Chicken Fajitas and King Prawns Monday 26 Nov 2012

Jamie cooks sizzling chicken fajitas, grilled peppers, salsa, rice and beans, and prawn cocktail, king prawns and sundried pan bread.

Episode 27: Sizzling Beef Steak and Mighty Mackerel  Tuesday 27 Nov 2012

To night sizzling beef steak, hoi sin prawn and noodle bowls, mighty mackerel, and mixed tomato and quinoa salad.

Episode 28: Steak, Liver and Bacon and Mexican Tomato Wednesday 28 Nov 2012

We have steak, liver and bacon, bubble and squeak mash and red onion gravy, and Mexican tomato soup, chilli nachos, and veggie and feta sprinkles.

Episode 29: Glazed Pork Fillet and Tapas Bruschetta  Thursday 29 Nov 2012

Jamie makes glazed pork fillet, cajun-style pepper rice and barbecue sauce, and tapas bruschetta, and golden grilled sardines.

Episode 30: Lamb Kofte and Keralan Veggie Curry Friday 30 Nov 2012

Wonderful recipes, to night lamb kofte, pitta and greek salad, and Keralan veggie curry, poppadoms, rice and minty yoghurt.

Episode 31: White Fish Tagine and Spicy Cajun Chicken  Monday 3 Dec 2012?

Episode 32: Beef Kofta Curry and Spring Frittata  Tuesday 4 Dec 2012?

Episode 33: Chorizo and Squid, and Simple Spaghetti Wednesday 5 Dec 2012?

Episode 34: Lamb Meatballs and Chicken Salad  Thursday 6 Dec 2012?

Episode 35: Crab Bolognese and Mexican BLT Friday 7 Dec 2012?

Episode 36: Cajun Steak and Chicken Tikka

Episode 37: Noodle Broth and Veggie Chilli

Episode 38: Asian Fish and Ultimate Pork Tacos

Episode 39; Sausage Gnocchi and Mexican Chicken

Episode 40: Asian Seabass and Chorizo Carbonara



To see Jamie’s episodes – watch again on 4oD

For future episodes and links to video clips and recipes, see Jamie’s 15-minute meals at Channel 4.

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Jamie’s story…

Jamie is a well known and highly respected chef, has toured the world and has many restaurants. At One New Change there is Barbecoa a joint venture with Adam Perry Lang.

Other restaurants include Recipease Jamie’s recipe and kitchen shop, in Notting Hill, Clapham Junction and Brighton. You can learn to cook and make great food.

Jamie’s Italian is throughout the UK and also in many parts of the world…

International locations:

Last but not least Jamie’s Fifteen using food to give young people another chance in life – remarkable thinking and community involvement by Jamie………

Back to the new book, in the UK you can see Jamie Oliver 15 minute meals new cook book offers below…

In the USA Jamie’s new book is published September 27, 2012 see details:

More of the best in cookbooks below:

Well done Jamie!!!

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course: 8 Making it easy

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course: 8 Making it easy
100 recipes to stake your life on…

Home with Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking the TV series starts 14 October 13

Wednesday 19 September 2012
Series 1 Episode 8 Making it Easy (click for Channel 4 recipe scrapbook)
How to make good use of your time and what you can use to help improve your efficiency.

To read about the cook book currently on offer for £5 – see book details – Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 100 recipes to stake your life on and to compare book costs and see where to buy Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course in the UK.

For book reviews in Canada – Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Cookery course

In the USA you can read American reviews at Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate cookery course USA and check out – Valentine’s Day in the Kitchen USA 

Series One – Watch the episodes on 4oD.

This evening: making it easy

#36 Meatballs in fragrant coconut broth wonderful – tasty food with great spices.

How to use your meatballs.

#37 Beef meatballs with orecchiette, kale and pine nuts

#38 Beef meatball sandwich with melting mozzarella salsa and tomato salsa

#39 Fiery meatball soup 

Oils: When to use each one, sunflower, groundnut, sesame, rapeseed, walnut, Cyprus Olive.

Whisk and spoons, a spatula…when to use.

#40 Blondies – Gordon creates white -chocolate brownies.

How to keep wine for use in cooking.


An excellent addition to the TV episodes, Gordon’s really fine text book, check out Gordon’s ultimate cooking course cook book, click image below for information:

Love the section on oils, Olive oil is such an amazingly healthy and tasty oil.

<<<<< Update New cook due 29 August 2013, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking!!!!     New TV series Gordon Ramsy’s Ultimate Home Cooking !!  >>>>>


New cook books due August 2012 and latest 2013

Not sure where to see news about the cook books being published in August 2012?
We have put together – thanks to Amazon – a set of links that provide detailed book information, price options and reviews. There are many new exciting cookbooks being published and a number of them will have tv programmes to view as well. So we thought we could do the work to help you review those books that are of interest to you.

USA, Canadian and UK books from 2012 to present ……

USA COOKBOOKS                        Canada cookbooks                               UK cookbooks

In the New Cook Book Review food blog we aim to provide up to date information about these new cookbooks. Our articles will try and uncover the best available and links to recipe listings, tv replays and recipe clips for you to view and select from.

So here is the August 2012 list of new books – just click the image to go to the Amazon link, you can review without buying.

The Great British Bake Off: How to turn everyday bakes into showstoppers by Linda Collister

The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight by The Hairy Bikers

New – Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food by Lorraine Pascal

Previous – Home Cooking made Easy by Lorraine Pascal

One Step Ahead by Mary Berry

Hugh’s Three Good Things by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course by Gordon Ramsay

Cake by Rachel Allen

New -Easy by Bill Granger

Previous – Bill’s everyday Asian by Bill Granger

Fantastico! Modern Italian Food by Gino D’Acampo

Indian Food Made Easy by Anjum Anand

Antonio Carluccio’s Simple Cooking by Antonio Carluccio

Capital Spice: 21 Indian Restaurant Chefs More Than 100 Stunning Recipes by Chrissie Walker

Cookbooks and kitchen products for the Cook Book Review foodblog readers in the USA

Bestselling cookbooks…..

Simply Italian Michela Chiappa CH4 recipes watch episodes again buy the book

Simply Italian Michela Chiappa CH4 recipes

Another new series, but a really captivating program, Simply Italian with Michela Chiappa first programme on Ch4 Mon 30 July 2012 at 8.30pm – recipes and video links are below and also related blog articles. Four programs in the series. Now repeating on channel 4 at 12.05pm. Program blog and recipe guide below.

The cook book is published NOW April 2014- read more and see how to order – At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart

New Series Jamie’s Comfort Food


Chilli Chocolate Coated Peanuts Recipe

Winter Sore-Throat Soother Recipe

Homemade Minty Lemonade Recipe

Italian-Style Pancakes Recipe

Farfalle with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce Recipe

Papardelle with Rich Ragu Recipe

Tagliatelle alle Vongole

Lobster Ravioli with Butter and Caper Sauce

Pasta Reale in Chicken and Chilli Broth

Tortelli Three Ways

Pancake Nidi with Tomato Sauce

Gnocchi Tricolore with Creamy Nutty Sauce

Gluten Free Tagliatelle with Chilli and Garlic

Basic Egg Pasta Dough

Beetroot Pasta with Crispy Pancetta and Sweet Pear

Silhouette Pappardelle with Cold Tomato Sauce

Raviolo with Oozy Egg and Smoked Salmon

Wedding Tortelli with Butternut Squash

Basic Tomato Pasta Sauce

all Chiappa recipes here….

Simply Italian episode guide






The Chiappas watch Food Tube recipes on You Tube

Michela Chiappa Made in Italy: Top 10 Classic Dishes

Last program Ch4 Monday 13 August 2012 at 8.30pm see blog – Gnocchi, Torta, Pancake Nidi, Tagliatelle

Next program is episode 4 Ravioli in Uovo, Pappardelle, Beetroot Pasta, Tortelli.

An enthralling new series Michela Chiappa introduces Italian food in a plain and simple manner. Watch how easy it is to make fresh pasta at home and get started in the mysteries of Italian cooking. Recipes include linguine primavera and Farfalle with mozzarella and tomato sauce recipe. See Linguine, Farfalle, Bologne and Ragu recipe on Ch4 scrapbook. How to cook pasta? How to cook Ragu, and a visit to many people’s favourite place – Bologna to see specialist pasta. Also, lasagne verdi with walnut and sage pesto. If you missed the show, follow at 4oD, Simply Italian Series 1 Ep 1Simply Italian Series 1 episode 2, Simply Italian Series 1 episode 3 and Simply Italian Series 1 episode 4.

Pappardelle with a Gorgeously Rich Ragu from the first progam.

Clip of Tagliatelle with Clams and Cherry Tomatoes from the second progam due 6th August 2012. Linguine with zesty spring vegetables.

The series aired originally on Monday evenings at 8.30 pm on Channel 4.
The book Italian Family Cookbook is not available until 2013.

Michela Chiappa CH4 Simply Italian Program 4 recipes and a wedding

Posted on August 19, 2012

Simply Italian Program 4 recipes by Michela Chiappa Channel 4: Ravioli in Uovo, Pappardelle, Beetroot Pasta, Tortelli and a wedding At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart Fourth episode on the very popular TV series …Continue reading →

Michela Chiappa CH4 Simply Italian Program 3 recipes

Posted on August 10, 2012

Michela Chiappa CH4 Simply Italian Program 3 recipes this week Gnocchi with hazelnut, Torta, Pancake Nidi, Tagliatelle. Also Michela finds out how to prepare variations of pasta and a lesson from a relative on how to make torta di patate. … Continue reading →

Michela Chiappa CH4 Simply Italian Program 2 recipes

Posted on August 6, 2012

Ch4 Monday 5 August 2012 at 8.30pm –  Program 2  recipes include Tortelli, Lobster Ravioli, Vongole, Pasta Reale. Second program of the new series where Michela Chiappa introduces Italian food in a plain and simple manner, the location is Cinque Terre …Continue reading →

Fourth episode on the very popular TV series Simply Italian. This week we have Raviolo in Uovo, PappardelleBeetroot Pasta and Tortelli. (Clip of Ravioli). In this episode Michela and her sister are getting married. It is a joint wedding and the meal that Michela makes isWedding Tortelli with Butternut Squash. What more can you ask for – a wedding in Italy…wonderful.

Visit the Channel 4 web site to view the place where Michela was married, Piacenza.

Other articles give advice on an Italian wedding, dress makers and other important information.

Very good series, last one I’m afraid.

You can pre order at Amazon..  the new book will be called At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart

Celebrate: Pippa Middleton free pull out in Mail on Sunday.

So will Nigella Lawson give us some great Italian cooking in her new tv cookery programme due this August. See Nigellissima……

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Gok Wan Gok Cooks Chinese Ch 4 recipes

Gok Wan – Gok Cooks Chinese

In a popular series by the style guru Gok Wan – Gok Cooks Chinese on channel 4.
This is a six part series, where Gok Wan digs into his Chinese heritage and provides a unique take on Chinese cuisine. As a fashion guru Gok has his own approach to food.

New Series Jamie’s Comfort Food

The cookbook is called Gok Cooks Chinese and is highly regarded by reviewers.

Gok presents recipes for Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup, Fried Rice, Honey-glazed Char Siu Pork, Dim Sum, Street Food, One Pot Wonders and Feasts. The program show us how to select ingredients and cook in a relaxed way, providing help on Chinese cooking skills.
See the Channel 4 guide here

The episodes include : (follow the links to the 4oD player)

Episode OneChinese Classics

Perfect fried rice, that can include a variety of left overs. Hope to use rice cooked the day previously – add eggs.
Gok reminices about the food his family used to cook and fairly moves along to prepare and demistify Chinese culinary.
Fast food to a banquet. Gok’s father a cook, helps Gok with his Cantonese – Char Sui Fried Pork.
Gok prepares stir fried green beans and shrimps.
Then off to the Hakasan restaurant in London and to see how fast a main, Fragrant beef in Black bean sauce can be prepared and sent out to the diner. Gok then show us his version. One minute and 41 seconds.
Next how to select and use a wok.
Spicy stir fried prawns and cashew nuts is the next recipe. Base on the three basic ingredients of flavour, sring onion, garlic and ginger.

Check out Channel 4 for the 4oD player to see the rest of the series:

Episode Two – Dim Sum

Episode Three – Family Favourites

Episode Four – Traditional

Episode FiveStreet Food

Episode SixCelebration Feast


There is a book to accompany the six part TV series. See reviews by clicking the Amazon book link below. Gog attains an excellent 5 star rating overall.





Nigellissima Instant Italian Inspiration recipes

Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration
Nigella Lawson – the new slimmer Nigella!

She is back….oh yes… it is going to be a big hit – Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration and recipes.

The first episode of the new TV show airs Monday 24 September 8.30 BBC2.

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

Nigella seeks out the essence of Italian cooking and brings the essential simplicity of her own cooking style to the kitchen. Nigella has lived and worked in the fabulous city of Florence and so has sampled Italy at its best. With the ingredients we can now purchase in the local supermarket we can recreate some authentic and wonderful Italian dishes. See reviews of the new cook book and book offers for Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

And in her style of providing quick and easy meals – Nigella applies her touch to a number of appetising recipes.

Italy is perhaps where Nigella learned about real food and taste….

Nigella says “I wanted to make a series of my sort of Italian food, inspired by the ethos and the ingredients but fused with the way we live our lives, here, in the UK. I care about ease and accessibility, but I care most about passion and taste and it is these crucial Italian factors, I want to bring to the table and the television!”

NEW: Nigella Lawson: Nigellissima free recipe special with Mail on Sunday 9 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 1. See Part One and due Sunday New Part Two preview.

An exclusive set of 12 recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new book Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration

Buy her new book from Amazon UK post free.. published 13 September 2012.

Kindle USA version available Sept 13 2012


Nigella is back with the ultimate in Italian cooking. The real ethos of Italian cooking brings the spirit of Italy into the kitchen. Fresh food, with real value and delicious flavor – only as Nigella can. See lamb cutlets with chilli and black olives from Nigella Express.

Video introduction to Nigellisima. TV video shoot for new Nigella Mail on Sunday promotion.

Nigellissima has 100 recipes

  • telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto
  • crustless meatzza
  • Sardinian couscous
  • Venetian stew
  • penne
  • papardelle
  • ragù
  • risotto
  • Italian apple pie
  • panna cotta
  • sambuca kisses

Also in the new book is an Italian Christmas that reaches everyone with pure Italian emotion. Remember that the new best selling cookbook Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series due Monday 24 September 2012.

Previous Nigella Lawson cooking blogs…

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River Cottage Veg – everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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River Cottage Veg – everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

A beautiful cookbook with photography by Simon Wheeler and illustrations by Mariko Jesse.
Would you believe that this is Hugh’s seventh River Cottage cookbook?

Hugh has been providing us with excellent cookbooks over the years including:

The River Cottage Cookbook,
The River Cottage Meat Book,
The River Cottage Fish Book,
The River Cottage Family Cookbook and
River Cottage Everyday.

Hugh’s approach to preparing and cooking vegetables, is as thorough as in any of his previous cookbooks and lects a wide variety of recipes, that have no meat or fish whatsoever. (Is this really Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)?

The inference here is that perhaps this is a vegetarian cookbook – but as Hugh is careful to point out, this is – yes a vegetable only recipe book, but he makes no case for us all to turn completely vegetarian.

This is as he says a personal decision and not the remit of the book.

Eggs and dairy will be used, so we are not following a strictly vegetarian diet.

However, all of us need to consider increasing our intake of fresh vegetables and for that matter fruit – based on evidence that the vital nature, the vitamin and enzyme content of vegetables is what we need to keep healthy and help sustain our resources.

Please read Hugh’s marvellous introduction, it is a treatise on where we should be regarding the food we eat, the animals that we use for our food and the effects of what we eat on our own health and our planet’s health as well.

Is all the gas output from cows and factory farms affecting our environment? Can we reduce this by adopting a higher proportion of vegetables in what we eat? Look at the reduction in fish stocks – another source of concern. A no brainer as they say.

Another point is to maintain the vitamin and health content of food as much as possible.
So preparation is key – as is how the vegetables are cooked.
Another intelligent inclusion is that of the role of bread and all things related, e.g. naans, rotis and chapattis.

Well – on with the recipes, just amazing what Hugh has accomplished here!
Not a bit of wonder it is selling so well.

The book is divided into the following recipe sections:

Comfort food and feasts            an amazing selection of Curries and stews, pies and tarts.

No lightweight cooking here, substantial and filling – with unimaginable textures and flavours.
Just look at the colours!

Parmigianas, Chachouka, pintobean chilli, potato curry, cauliflower and chickpea curry, squash and chickpea stew, lasagnes – squash and fennel, kale and mushroom, lettuce, spring onion and cheese tart, baby beet tarte tatin, courgette and rice filo pie, swede and potato pasties, ragout, potato dauphinoise, sweet potato and peanut gratin, three root boulangere

Hearty Salads                            the idea of a salad becoming a meal, substantial – hearty!

Also – you can substitute different vegetables and one type of oil for another,one type of nut for another,etc. This varies the different tastes and textures available  – providing an infinite variety of combininations.

Salads with squash, fennel, courgette and green beans, potato, tomato and boiled egg salad, potato salad tatare. Lettuce, egg and fried bread, puy lentil salad, salad nioise, Panzanella, couscous salads.

Raw assemblies                           Yes, raw food.

I think many folks are aware of the thinking behind eating raw food, but hardly ever get the chance to prepare and eat mainly raw foods. Hugh makes a key point here, that it is the preparation and the presentation of raw foods that encourage us all to tuck in.
A good set of knifes and box grater with attachments are a must.

Shaved summer veg, radishes, fennel and goat’s cheese, crudités, cauliflower with toasted seeds.

Hefty soups                               Soups, not just for the winter

Flavoursome, full of variation and texture, some creamy, some thin, a great way of increasing our intake of healthy foods.

Vegetable stock, summer garden soup, cucumber and lettuce vichyssoise, Gazpacho, tomato and bean soup, pea and parsley soup, roasted beetroot soup with horseradish cream.

Bready things                          clean the plate and soak up the juice…

A wonderful, aromatic fresh loaf of bread, bread sticks, baguettes. I love to walk through the streets of French towns. The breads, cheese and wines… wonderful.

How to make bread dough, garlic flatbreas, crostini, beetroot pizza and cheddar, pizzas, foldovers, pitta pockets, bruchetta, toasties, rarebits, poached egg on toast

Store-cupboard suppers       In a hurry, don’t go back to meat or fish.

The simple solution is to stock up on tins of beans, noodles and eggs?

Tarts, olives, dips, curried bubble and squeak, frittata, lentils, Dhal, chickpea, ketchup curry, pastas, noodles.

Pasta and rice                    Pasta, rice and grains – easy to prepare.

A guide on how to select and cook pasta and rice. A great base for filling us up.

Various pastas, risonotto, macaroni peas, linguine, biryani, kedgeree a la vegetables, quinoa, kale speltotto, Swede speltotto, potato gnocchi, stir fry – egg fried rice,

Mezze and tapas                           a new way to eat…

Other Eastern cultures do it, a range of small dishes – in the Middle East it is mezze, Spanish tapas.

Dukka, guacamole, hummus, dips, tomatoes, Caponata, fritters, pasties.

Roast, grill and barbecue            Adding flavour…

When we roast and grill – we brown and develop the textures and flavours. Roasted vegetables in the oven – keep the goodness.

Halloumi, kebabs, roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted squash.

Side dishes                              adding value…

Steamed veg and a hint of garlic, runner beans, sesame cauliflower, celery gratin.

Veg on the go 

Dips, spreads, sandwich fillings, salads, coleslaws, pasties, pies, frittatas.


I hope this review or outline of River Cottage Veg – everyday will help you decide on an alternative way of eating and the foods you select to eat.

It is worth a try – not perhaps full vegetarianism, but we should consider reducing cooking i.e. boiling, roasting – eat more raw food and reduce meat and fish, drink more water and sleep well.

Then perhaps we will improve our health and make a start on the state of the planet… wish us good luck!


Jamie Oliver in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine – 20th November 2011 – Jamies Great Britain – new cookbook

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Jamie Oliver in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine – 20th November 2011 – Jamies Great Britain – new cookbook

Perfect risotto – a guide by Jamie and how to master the art of getting the perfect consistency.

The recipes:

Basic risotto
Mushroom risotto
Seafood risotto
Aussie Burger
Huevos Rancheros

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