Book Review: Australian Women’s Weekly Fresh Food Fast

| 31 October , 2012 | Reply

When you’re looking for a cookbook, every Aussie woman knows there’s no going past The Australian Women’s Weekly. Famed for their classic cookbooks that have a home in every Australian kitchen, they are a go-to for easy, comforting recipes and the release of their latest cookbook, Fresh Food Fast, is certainly no exception.

Fresh Food Fast is based on the concept that eating fresh and tasty food doesn’t have to be an arduous task. The book is broken down into four sections, Starters, Mains, Sides and Desserts, with handy divider tabs.

The book is laid out beautifully – filled with bright, clear and vibrant photos that will be sure to have your mouth watering. Each section is divided into smaller sections, which aren’t as clearly marked. This doesn’t make too much of a difference in accessing recipes as the book also has a fantastic index at the back.

The Starters section is packed with light dishes that you can whip together in minutes. From a range of pasta dishes, to tasty bruschetta and sweet potato crisps, your next barbeque won’t be complete without them.

The Main sections contains a wide range of summer-appropriate meals. Mouth-watering, new takes on chicken salad, warm Singapore noodles, and even twists on classic lamb chops form a few of the recipes that will keep you well fed all summer long.

The Sides section includes easy to prepare dishes that look impressive when placed on the table. The section includes recipes such as prosciutto wrapped bean bundles, effortless Greek salad and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Couscous.

The Desserts section is a wonderful homage to original Women’s Weekly recipes. With summery twists on the classic banana split, grilled pineapple and chocolate mousse, you’ll have comfort food in a flash.

The greatest thing about the book is that the nutritional information for each recipe is included. The book also suggests alternatives  to certain ingredients, and offers adjustments for many of their recipes.  The recipes are clean and clear and seriously will have you salivating over the wide variety of tasty easy to prepare meals, bursting with succulent flavourful options. So far we’ve cooked, the coriander and chilli grilled chicken fillets (p187), chicken laksa (p195), sesame chicken salad (p200), and we’re busting to cook this weekend the pumpkin and corn patties (p108).

With summer backyard party season just about to begin, this book is a perfect way to impress the family.

Available now from Random House RRP$39.95

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