Book Review: Easy, Bill Granger

| 10 October , 2012 | Reply

Sometimes cooking dinner can seem like a task reserved for only gourmet chefs. But with the internet packed with complicated recipes featuring exotic ingredients, every meal begins feel like a gruelling task. Bill Granger’s new cookbook is taking that all back. Having always championed good, hearty, easy food, he has released “Easy” a collection of 100+ recipes that use everyday ingredients, that you’re bound to have in your pantry.

The book is split up into base ingredients of the recipes such as Piece of Chicken, Fillet of Fish and Leg of Lamb. If your fridge is packed with a certain ingredient that you just can’t get rid of, the index makes it so easy to just start cooking.

Each section contains stunning photos of both the food and Bill and his everyday life. The photos are interspersed with entirely doable and tasty recipes. His recipes are new takes on classic ingredients – think Roast Chicken Salad with Chive Mayonnaise or Pork Ragu with Herb Pangrattato.

The little personal anecdotes and thoughts from Bill that accompany many of the recipes are a lovely, personal touch. He includes stories about his daughters, his thoughts on doing the washing up and memories of travelling through Europe.

If you have the time to stop and truly read the book, you’ll get just a little more out of it.

Perhaps the most impressive part of this book, is what he manages to create with a can of beans. From individual baked beans with eggs to chickpea, baby spinach and pan fried paneer salad, his recipes will have you cleaning out those pesky non-perishable cans from the back of your pantry.

A perfect kitchen companion for the at-home chef who’s looking to expand their horizons without spending hours slaving in front of the stove.

Available now: HarperCollins RRP $49.99.

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