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« on: May 11, 2013 05:15 AM »


Salam masterchef contestants...

oh wait wrong show!!

Yes so I want to order some good cookbooks while I'm in the US, any suggestions for tried and true and useful ones?  pancakemaker  

Looking for one's with a variety of main dishes, meat or veggies,  and with not a huge amount of ingredients or nothing too exotic, complicated or out there, and with good photos.  I've watched a few cooking shows and like Nigella because her recipes are not that difficult or ingredients hard to get and they seem very flexible, but haven't seen her cookbooks!

chemist k thanks u!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013 07:00 AM »

Try Ina Garten. I love her shows on Foodnetwork and most of her recipes are easy. I know of her books although I've never used them. I have tried a lot of her recipes and they are nice.

My favourite chef is a south african Sharon Glass. Am sure there is way how you can buy her book(online). I have 1 book of her "sweet endings". And since she is from RSA some of her recipes have an eastern taste so no worries there.

Ok those are the 2 I could think of. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013 05:57 PM »

Nigella 'how to be a domestic goddess' is good, I also covet 'feast food that celebrates life'

But honestly you won't be able to find any recipes with very few ingredients, it won't taste that great, unless you're ok with bland.

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013 06:03 PM »

What about Rachael Ray, is her food anything you could manage to replicate?

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013 01:48 PM »

Slm,dont own any cookbooks,so no recommendations from me... But i love to watch the food channel,and i vote for rachel alan with a bit if desi spice...am more of a baker,but i have tried some if her stuff,and everything worked perfectly,mashAllah
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013 06:50 PM »

Rachel Ray is from here!! She used to do little supermarket grocery store demonstrations and then she did little presentations on local stations here and then took off! I do like her but her ingredients will be hard to get in the UK. I think Nigella is probably the best. Does anyone like Jamie Oliver??
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013 06:52 PM »

Sis J I suggested Rachael Ray because she's American. In sure you can get similar ingredients in the uk.

Jamie Oliver is actually very good for simple dishes. I've used his recipes for roasts. Altho to be fair I don't think roasts require much in the way of ingredients apart from meat, salt and one or two herbs.



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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013 06:57 PM »

You also need a good mixer and hand held blender.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013 07:54 AM »

I used to watch rachel ray...seemed easy n quick,but nevr tried her stuff out. My sis makes jamie olivers recipes,all quick n good... Traditionally here (doesnt happen so regularly anymore) when a girl got married she would get a famous local cookbook called indian delights,has tried n tested recipes. We have tons of more modern books these days,from local cooks with easy to find local ingredients. What about the islamic stores in london? Dont they hav UK written desi style cookbooks?
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013 09:15 AM »

Actually I reckon what we need to do is having a few cooking sessions.

We need to get sis J to buy in the ingredients and then cook together so she can see its not at all daunting whatsoever to cook good food..... (sis J and her household may end up incredibly fat tho)

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2013 03:35 PM »

Have you guys seen this!! Looks awesome, coming up in Sept iA.

http://halalfoodfestival.com/



Yeah I just want to try making some different things than I usually cook. I make mostly desi food with meat, chicken, beef, lamb etc at home so just looking for some British variety with vegetables. I think I'll order a Nigella one and see if I like some of her recipes.
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 21, 2013 05:14 PM »

I'm finding youtube to be the best cookbook out there. A lot of nice cooks and you can see how they do things step by step. I love the pakistani aunties that talk only in urdu and have those big tawlas and stuff. Really authentic stuff! I also like Titli Nahan she's just hilarious. I found a Peg Bracken "cook"book online. It's pure comedy gold!
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 21, 2013 10:05 PM »

Try khanapakanna.com recepies for everything,videos,English Urdu....
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 23, 2013 02:23 PM »

Baji that url didn't work? Did u mean KhanaPakana.com ?

Reading this thread I remember when I first bought a few of Nigella's cookbooks. I feel so sorry for her. I was a real fan of her show. Divorce is such an ugly business. Why can't people separate in peace?
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 23, 2013 03:31 PM »

Saatchi is a nasty piece of work.

I really like Nigella's recipes, she does massive food. I like watching her shows as well,

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 08, 2014 07:03 PM »

 salam I like Curtis Stone's show and I think he has a new cookbook out called "What's for Dinner?:Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life" so its worth check it out.

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