In September last year, Leon, a very successful restaurant chain based in London released their second cookbook called ‘Naturally Fast Food’. This is a follow up to their first book called ‘Ingredients and Recipes’. I loved the first book. It was so informative and had lots of inspiring recipes in it. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to receive a review copy of the second book. I have had the book for ages and have not had the chance to tell you have fantastic it is.
Naturally Fast Food is a cookbook that everyone can learn something from, whether you are a student or a well practised home cook. The book is split into two halves, the first half contains recipes that take 20 minutes or less to cook. Some of the recipes include, Saturday Pancakes, Jossy’s Burmese Spicy Cabbage, South Indian Pepper Chicken and Henry’s Quick Chocolate Cake.
The second half is focused on Slow Fast Food. Things that can be cooked in advance when you have the time and reheated when you do not. Recipes in this section include, Chicken Pot Roast, Riga’s Lamb, Best Bolognese and Henry’s 18 hour Beef. The book also contains small sections on store cupboard staples, corner shop classics, grow your own and party food, so you always have a recipe for any occasion.
I decided to make Pasta with Peas from the store cupboard staples section. It was very quick, tasty and brought a feeling of summer to my lunch as it was so fresh tasting and zingy. I loved it!
Overall, I think Naturally Fast Food is a brilliant cookbook and would make an excellent addition to any cook’s bookshelf
Many thanks to Fiona from Octopus Publishing for sending me the book to review
Leon Book 2: Naturally Fast Food By Henry Dimbleby and Jim Vincent
6th September 2010