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I got a copy of Fay Ripley's What's for Dinner (thanks!) and have found it to be brilliant so far. The book is very well written and recipes are clear, concise and doesn't take too much time!
The photos in the book brings the recipes alive for me. I love the tips at the end of each recipe to adapt the recipe for either adults/kids. There are also great recipes when you've got nothing in the fridge and make a simple dinner from store cupboard ingredients.
To name a few dishes, DH and DD1 loves the sweet sticky chicken, show-off roast chicken platter, Italian Chicken Bake, no-meat meaty lasagne (made with lentils). Oh and the blueberry and coconut and sticky date cakes to die for too
I got a copy of the Fay Ripley book. Thank you so much, it is fantastic.
Whilst I haven't actually cooked much from it yet (other than the wonderful roast chicken platter) I have spent ages looking through it and planning what I will cook!
Lately I have been cooking every night for my husband and I, but had resorted mainly to feeding the children whatever was quickest/easiest. This book has given me inspiration for finding meals that I can cook for all of us.
I would definitely recommend this book for family cooking!
I got a copy of the Fay Ripley book, which looks excellent - well laid out, and clear recipes. I like the notes on some recipes to suggest ways to make them suitable for babies or younger children, suggesting this is a real family cookbook, and not just a sleb flinging some recipes together to make some cash. Nice. I will be trying a few of the recipes when maternity leave starts! I was a bit confused by the way the chapters are arranged, as I am more used to the 'starters, mains, sides, desserts' arrangement of conventional recipe books - this was set out as days of the week, with a breakfast, mains, starters, desserts, and baking all presented per day. Aside from this, a beautiful looking cook book!
I also got a copy of 50 Shades of Grey, which I am sending to another MNetter - I tried to read it, managed the first 100 pages or so, and then lost the will to live. It is fairly painful. I would have been impressed had the book actually been published in 50 different shades of grey, as I feel that would have livened up the text. As it was, black words on off-white paper combined with the weakest set of female characters and creepiest set of male characters I've seen in a long time, made it pretty monochrome and not a book I can recommend.
thanks for the books though, I love reading new books, no matter how badly written they are, so this was a great opportunity!
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I got Fifty Shades of Grey and The Language of Flowers which arrived in the post this morning, thank you MN
I am only a few pages into Fifty Shades of Grey but am actually quite enjoying it, although I can see why others haven't. It's not brilliantly written, it does remind me a little of a Mills and Boon novel in places, however it is oddly compelling. It's difficult not to like Anastasia and Christian Grey seems suitably intriguing, so far I'm finding it difficult to put down.
Was so excited I got the Fay Ripley book! It's really great, has given me lots of ideas and has gone down well with the family. Favourites so far are Perfect pea and bacon soup, & Spanish Baked beans with chicken. Looking forward to trying the rest. Really recommend it.