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A cook book full of simple family recipes urgently needed...

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Grapple Wed 24-Jul-13 19:18:18

Dh's friend was widowed last year. He confessed he is struggling with thinking of things to cook for himself and his son. He's doing an amazing job of trying to keep life 'normal' for them. Can anyone recommend a really good book of recipes for them to try. It needs to be stuff that doesn't require thousands of odd ingredients specific to that recipe.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 24-Jul-13 19:22:27

Home made or family kitchen by tana Ramsey.

TooTiredToBeCreative Wed 24-Jul-13 19:23:59

Jamie Oliver ministry of food

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 24-Jul-13 19:24:31

Or Rachel Allen - Rachel's favourite food at home

JollyHolidayGiant Wed 24-Jul-13 19:24:50

The Baby Led Weaning cookbook. Easy recipes suitable for children and adults of all ages.

AngelsWithSilverWings Wed 24-Jul-13 19:27:13

Another vote for Jamie's Ministry of Food - it really is a brilliant everyday cook book. I use it all the time.My 7 year old DS has managed to follow the recipes and has cooked a pie and a couple of stews from scratch.

FairyPenguin Wed 24-Jul-13 19:27:54

Nosh for Busy Mums and Dads. Bought a couple of months ago and is great. Even does a weekly meal plan with shopping list!

OldLadyKnowsNothing Wed 24-Jul-13 19:28:05

How about this?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 24-Jul-13 19:34:58

This is good too

snoworneahva Wed 24-Jul-13 20:00:04

I like Fay Ripleys books - full of everyday but interesting food that you really want to cook from...rather than wistfully read!

homebythesea Wed 24-Jul-13 20:01:36

A subscription to Good Food Mag

Grapple Wed 24-Jul-13 20:16:53

Brilliant! Thanks all, lots of suggestions.
I'm going to google Jamie's ministry. OldLady - that book looks great, have you tried it?
Nosh for busy mum and dad sounds good too, he works full time so time is an issue.
Not sure he has time or inclination to go through good food magazine but I love it!

DistantShip Wed 24-Jul-13 20:31:34

This covers lots of basic techniques and has a variery of relatively simple recipes; no complex or expensive ingredients needed.

bakerofcakes Thu 25-Jul-13 16:44:40

I'll third Jamie's Ministry of Food. I bought it for DD a couple of years ago, she hates cooking, but has managed several successful recipes from this book.

PeterParkerSays Thu 25-Jul-13 16:59:54

My dad cooks

Ruffello Thu 25-Jul-13 22:22:45

Silvana Franco

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 25-Jul-13 23:36:33

Aggies Family Cookbook is £3.99 in the Works. Lots of great recipes and tips on meal planning and keeping household appliances clean too smile

stressedHEmum Fri 26-Jul-13 09:30:00

This is brilliant. it has months of meal plans, recipes for batch cooking, recipes for leftovers, store cupboard recipes, budget recipe....

it would be the only cookbook your friend would need.

Xiaoxiong Fri 26-Jul-13 10:07:32

If he has an iPhone, the how to cook everything app is brilliant. It's a full size cookbook but easily searchable and doesn't make you buy extra packs of recipes all the time (Jamie, I'm looking at you...)

magimedi Fri 26-Jul-13 10:11:52

Delia's basic cookery course - in nearly every second hand & charity bookshop. Foolproof.

MelanieCheeks Fri 26-Jul-13 10:13:50

Ministry of Food for me too, it's what I sent my daughter to Uni with.

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