Monday, December 7, 2015

Cookbook Review: Make it Easy Cookbook: Foolproof, Stylish and Delicious Do-Ahead Recipes by Jane Lovett

Make it Easy Cookbook c/o IMM Lifestyle Books

It doesn't take much arm twisting to get me excited about a new cookbook. I love to read cookbooks, try their recipes and even thumb through them occasionally for a bit of inspiration when I'm trying to create something new or looking for new ways to photograph a dish. I have dedicated shelf space in my home for my cookbook collection and I refer to them time and again for kitchen wisdom, favorite recipes and regular meal planning.

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, Parma Ham and Parmesan Palmiers and Slow-fried Lemon and Oregano Potatoes

Make it Easy is a new cookbook by Jane Lovett, an experienced cook who runs cookery demonstrations from her home and around the UK. In addition to writing a regular food column for a regional newspaper and contributing to a monthly magazine among other publications, Lovett previously worked at Leiths Good Food and taught at Leiths School of Food and Wine. As if that isn't enough, she also trained at the Cordon Bleu in London.

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
As with all cookbooks that I review on Pink Julep, I began by reading Make it Easy from cover to cover. I was particularly impressed with the Top Tips provided in the beginning of the book, offering advice for various kitchen quandaries. Of the recipes I tried, I particularly loved the Slow-fried Potatoes with Lemon and Oregano and the Parma Ham and Parmesan Palmiers. Both are easy to make and delicious!
Lavender and Lemon Shortbread

I then set about making a selection of the recipes. There were so many good looking dishes to choose from that I could hardly decide.

In addition to creative, simple recipes, Make it Easy is full of beautiful photographs and tips on making dishes in advance, which makes it perfect for entertaining when scheduling and advanced preparations are the key to a successful dinner.

Slow-fried Lemon and Oregano Potatoes
I have enjoyed getting to know my way around Make it Easy and look forward to pulling it out from time to time to try some of the other recipes. My only complaint about the book is that in my opinion, it might not be the best cookbook for beginners or non-seasoned home cooks. In several cases I found that already having the knowledge I have learned from years of cooking came in handy, but someone who isn't comfortable in the kitchen might not have interpreted the recipes properly. That said, if you've cooked a bit before, this book is chock full of great recipes, interesting combinations and lovely dishes that guests, family and friends are sure to enjoy.

Make it Easy by Jane Lovett is £12.99 and available online via Waterstones among other high street and online book retailers. 

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