Ever since I’ve had kids and subsequently become self-employed, I’m more than a little time poor but still on the look out for inspiring meals without having to lose half a day to achieve them.
After a recent trip to the new Anthropologie store on Regent Street (heaven itself – check out the coat I spotted there) I spotted chunky cookbook, Cook Express (previously called The Illustrated Quick Cook: Easy Entertaining, After-Work Recipes, Cheap Eats) by Heather Whinney, a home economist and food stylist who has been the cooking school manager for the Cordon Vert Cookery School and food editor of Vegetarian Magazine amongst her roles and is focused on simple home cooking.
It is chock full of seven hundred quick recipes – not crap ones like you normally get in quick meal books, but a full on, illustrated cooking bible with fantastically photographed meals to inspire.
Ever since my copy arrived, I can’t stop leafing through it and have already cooked a few meals. Divided into Everyday and Food for Friends, it’s got brilliant chapters like Speedy Suppers which are categorised under food type (e.g fish, poultry, vegetarian), the brilliant 10 Ways with… covers stuff like eggs, chicken, and sausages, the even more brilliant Get the Most From Your Roast, which saw us get three creative dinners out of our chunky chicken, to Store Cupboard, to Simple Starters, it’s excellent.
There’s ideas for recipe variations, it marks meals that are a healthy with a little love heart, tells you if they (or part of it) are freezable, prep time, cooking time, plus there are menu planners, cheat tips, and recipe chooser galleries. I’ll be using it to compliment my other cookbooks and broaden my horizons and with this many recipes, I should be able to wow my hungry family and you’ll easily find recipes that can be adapted for young mouths.
Anthropologie sell it for around Â£25 and you can get yours on Amazon for Â£14.98. An absolute delight, it’s so visually stimulating, you might even sit in bed and read it!
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