Home Cooking

This is a true family cookbook. It’s comforting, simple and wholesome.

Allen walks us through a typical day in a family home: breakfast, lunch, supper and dessert, while also acknowledging family necessities such as baby purees, tips on freezing and Sunday lunch.

Told in her sensible and soothing voice, these recipes will provide inspiration for many family meals. Traditional family faves such as bacon and cabbage, meatloaf and chilli con carne are easy crowd-pleasers, homemade pizzas, family chicken burgers and egg fried-rice will fill mid-week gaps.

Her afternoon snacks are easily transformed into light dinners for the little ones. Potato cakes are a great way to use up left-overs, but are transformed with a salad or relish, salmon fish fingers will appease a hungry belly, but would make a great meal with pea puree and mash. There are tips to encourage healthy eating and ideas for packed lunches too.

The Sunday Lunch chapter sheds light on some of Allen’s tips for menu planning and planning for the week ahead. The dishes in this chapter are a little more involved: a variety of roasts accompanied by side dishes such as celeriac and sweet potato mash to garlic roast potatoes and a creamy gratin of butternut squash.

This is a cookbook for a family. It would be a great present for new parents, and will provide simple recipe ideas and inspiration for those struggling with the work/home balance. The approachable no-nonsense style of Allen will make this a family dining bible.

Rachel Allen Home Cooking
Price: $59.99
On Sale: 3/12/2009
Formats: Non Standard Hardback

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