Cooking for a week from one book doesn’t necessarily mean the book is any good. On paper this book shouldn’t have been any good because it was given to me as a cast off.
What I tend to do is go from cover to cover and write down everything I think I’d practically like to make in a week.
I only sieved through pages 1 – 180 and picked the following recipes from ‘a Change of Appetite’:
- Feta and Orange Salad with Honeyed Almonds
- Greek Yoghurt and Apricot Ice Cream
- Asparagus Veneto Style
- Artichoke and Ricotta Salad with Honeyed Preserved Lemon Dressing
- Middle Eastern Leeks with Yoghurt, Dill and Sumac
- Spring Barley Couscous with Harissa and Buttermilk Sauce
- Shaved Vegetables with Lemon and Olive Oil
- Middle Eastern Yoghurt Bread
- Grapefruit and Mint Sorbet
- Nectarine, Tomato and Basil Salad with Torn Mozzarella
- Goats Cheese and Cherry Salad with Almonds and Basil Gremolata
- Turkish Spoon Salad with Haydari
- Raspberries with Basil and Buttermilk Sherbert
- Roast Tomatoes and Lentils with Dukkah Crumbed Eggs
- Celeriac, Radicchio, Fennel and Apple Salad with Hazelnuts
- Carrot, Cabbage and Apple Salad with Caraway
- Roast Pumpkin and Jerusalem Artichokes with Agresto
- Cavolo Nero and Bulgar Pilaf with Glazed Figs
- Watercress and Carrot Salad
- Indian Spiced Spinach and Mushrooms with Black Lentils and Paneer
- Pliaf of Mixed Grains, Sweet Potato and Fennel with Avocado Cream
I only stopped because there was definitely enough to make in one week. I’ll go through the rest of the book another time.
After shortlisting everything I want to make we then decide what we actually want the following week applying the logic that we need 4 evening dishes and 5 lunchtime dishes and maybe a few extra. We then try and order all the ingredients on Ocado.
There are number of recipes on the list above that I haven’t made yet – but I will.
I’d say this book has a very good selection of recipes for all types of cook – and that most of the recipes are pretty easy to make. You certainly won’t be slaving in the kitchen for hours. Nothing I made in this book took me more than an hour. Half the things I made were just throw it together in a bowl and eat straight away. Perfect for work where you don’t usually have much more than a microwave.
In summary, I’ll be making recipes from this book regularly. It has plenty of no meat, low-carb recipes and most of the ingredients are readily available.