Taking it easy in the kitchen


In her new book Easy Meals, bestselling TV cook, Rachel Allen shares her ultimate fast and easy family recipes.

Her style has always been dishes that are both easy and fun to prepare – whether quick weeknight fixes or long slow braises, these are recipes that are designed with the busy kitchen in mind. Fabulous meals prepared without fuss (or the washing up) are the order of the day.

Easy Meals is packed with 180 recipes for all occasions aimed at everyone from novice cook to experienced chef. They riff on the most common of meal time problems – when the fridge is empty, when you’re time-poor, when you’ve only got a few ingredients to hand, when you’re after a one-pot fix or when you haven’t got time to wait for the oven to warm up – this is a book based around genuine kitchen needs.

Chapters are broken into handy sections with delicious recipes including pork, chorizo, haricot beans and red wine, Thai mussels, turkey with honey, thyme and cream, chunky chowder with potatoes and bacon, cardamom and orange semi-freddo and the classic but utterly unctuous lemon posset.

Easy Meals by Rachel Allen published by Collins, RRP £25