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Following the phenomenal local and international success of her 2010 cookbook Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, which was named Best TV Cookbook at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Annabel returns to her idyllic lakeside cabin to cook up an exciting new batch of recipes using seasonal ingredients from her kitchen garden. Luscious photos of Annabel’s home-cooked food are interspersed with equally inspiring images of her verdant vegetable garden and orchard, and the gorgeous natural landscapes of the scenic South Island. As well as more than 200 delicious recipes, all easily achievable by the home cook, the book features menu suggestions drawn from the accompanying TV series, plus Annabel’s musings on living well in today’s fast-paced world. It is interactive with Annabel’s website annabel-langbein.com, with QR codes on many recipes linking the reader to a video of Annabel making that recipe or sharing her tips for simplifying tricky techniques. With this exciting new book from Annabel Langbein, you are invited to take time out from your busy schedule to savour life’s simple pleasures.
"In this book, New Zealand’s most beloved cook teaches us about fresh food, slow cooking and making cooking and eating with the people you love a part of daily life. She uses food that is home grown, directly supplied by farmers or simply handpicked locally. With her colourful background in the self-sustaining hippy culture and horticulture, she has some lovely stories to tell about cooking outdoors or encounters with fishermen and farmers... The book is in itself a pleasant read, but it’s certainly not one of those many cook books that just end up on the shelves. I hadn’t yet encountered a cook book that I wanted to use so often – and I made some recipes several times. This is because most recipes are a bit exotic – but not too unknown. Most ingredients are readily available at stores and shops, and Langbein gives clear instructions for the intermediate cook. And they often leave room to add your own twist to a dish. Her recipes aren’t pretentious, but rather laid-back and therefore perfect for bon vivants, home-cooking enthusiasts, and foodies of all shapes and sizes. Not only does she promote slow cooking, but simple and fast dinner solutions as well. But what I like most are her ‘Fridge Fixings’ and other things you can prepare in advance... It’s a lovely book. It has the quality to become a frequent source of inspiration for many cooks. On top of that it is a good read while lounging on a couch in a sunny conservatory, surrounded by fresh herbs, a cup of tea and preferably a piece of Annabel’s lemon tart. Life is sweet." – Edinburgh Book Review, 2014
"Hundreds of thousands of home cooks are delighted to identify with Annabel Langbein's easy to follow cookbooks – her Free Range series has topped best seller lists for a couple of years now – as they dream of creating a similar slice of the good life in their urban, workaday lives. The third book, Simple Pleasures, muses on creating a pared-back good life, but uses wicked 21st century technology to do so: QR codes to connect the book pages to demonstration videos, tempting updates on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, a regular blog and, starting tonight, the second TV series. This book is likely to become as battered as Annabel's old yellow truck. She's presented the over-200 recipes with a swag of useful menu combinations and lists of make-ahead, refrigerator, vegetarian and gluten-free options so cooking and eating well is as stress-free as a busy urbanite can make it." – Catherine Smith, Weekend Herald
Hard cover, 320 pages, full-colour photography throughout.
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