By Alice Hart
(Lyons Press, Paperback, 9780762770182, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
Alice Hart is an exciting and authoritative new young voice on food who loves to share her culinary knowledge with friends. In this book she encourages her generation of 20- and 30-somethings to cook the original, modern food they enjoy to fit the lifestyles they lead. Dip into Alice’s Cookbook in January to find an inspirational New Year brunch, or during August for a vibrant and memorable summer kitchen supper. Each recipe is designed to fit into busy social lives: Hands-on cooking times are provided for each dish, menus are adaptable to seasons and availability, and advice is given to scale quantities up or down to feed a crowd (or not).
Alice Hart, twenty-eight, was the youngest-ever food editor at the renowned British magazine Waitrose Food Illustrated, and is today a chef and a food stylist whose friends describe her as a feeder.” Her popup restaurant week in London sold out in less than a day. She lives in London.
I love this book. I love everything about it: the recipes, the tone and, as importantly, Alice’s warmth.”
Sophie Dahl, author of Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights
Thoroughly modern and irresistible recipes. Full of meals for good times with friends. Makes you hungry just reading it.”
Diana Henry, author of Pure Simple Cooking
Alice’s Cookbook brings the food of hip London chef Alice Hart to our shores, with an emphasis on dishes that are seasonal, crowd-friendly and uncomplicated. Hart . . . pairs flavors that make sense; they make complete palettes. . . . A relatively inexperienced, 30-something cook can pull off Hart’s recipes and will appreciate [their] modern sensibility.”
A cookbook filled with recipes to nourish a busy lifestyle. [Alice Hart provides] easy-to-follow menus and recipes for seasonal lunches, portable breakfasts, and parties, among other occasions. . . . For readers too busy to cook or those simply seeking fresh and tasty ideas.”
Alice Hart . . . should feel very proud of what she’s done. This is a compact paperback volume which is just the right size to carry around and study to tab all the great recipes. I try to test each book I own with at least one recipe, and for this one, it was the brownies. She boasted they are the best ever, and my husband concurs! The rest of the book is laid out around occasions in which you might prepare a certain meal picnic, around the fire, Sundays, etc. I found this organization to be helpful not just for thinking of meal planning, but also in getting into narrative of the book and feeling as though I could relate to Alice’s lifestyle and how food fits into it. Some of the recipes are a bit involved, but every so often, it’s good to make an extra effort in the kitchen. I really like this book, a lot. With superb photography by Emma Lee, it is definitely on my list of favorites!”