Exciting everyday food that everybody can cook, from Delia's favourite teacher.
Alex Mackay believes that cooking is an adventure and that good food should be for everyone. You don't have to spend a fortune on hard-to-come-by ingredients or have an encyclopaedic knowledge of cooking methods to eat well and healthily. Alex knows that most of us shop in the supermarket and work from nine to five. The trick is to know a few basic recipes inside-out and to reinvent them so they never grow tired.
Everybody, Everyday is divided into three parts: basic main ingredients, essentials for the fridge and slow-cooked dishes. Every part is a selection of 'hero' recipes, each followed by six delicious variations. So, once you know how to bake salmon fillets, it's a short step to baked salmon with fennel, olives, warm balsamic and tomato dressing or five other options.
Homemade basil pesto can become mozzarella and pesto meatballs with roast garlic, tomato and peppers; beef rump with pesto, grainy mustard, beetroot and pak-choi; no sweat pesto risotto with sauteed vegetables and sunblush tomatoes; spinach, creme fraiche, penne, Parmesan and pesto bake; lamb shoulder chops with fried new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives and pesto; braised seabass fillets with beans, peas and pesto. Imagine what can be done with roast duck, mackerel fillets, caramelised onions, garlic butter and the rest of the heroes...
With 126 adaptable recipes, this really is a book for everybody who wants to cook delicious food everyday - be they young, old, single, part of a large family, new to cooking or an old hand. Let the adventure begin!
About the Author
Alex Mackay worked as a chef at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Italy and the UK. Having run Raymond Blanc's cookery school and founded the internationally acclaimed Baou d'Infer cookery school in Provence, he now teaches alongside Delia Smith. His first book Cooking in Provence was a winner at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Alex lives near Oxford.
I can highly recommend this book Delia Smith. Alex's writing is heartfelt and inspired, and he is the best home cook and cookery teacher I know (except Maman Blanc, of course!) Raymond Blanc Praise for Cooking in Provence: Ideal for everyday eating Sally Hughes, BBC Good Food