Bill's Basics, Hardback Book
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Bill Granger, hugely popular Australian food writer, television chef and restaurateur has worked his particular magic on over 100 of his favourite classic dishes, bringing them effortlessly into the twenty-first century.

Bill's Basics is a cheat's guide to making the recipes that every home cook wants to master.

Bill has simplified techniques, minimised fussy ingredient lists and given these core dishes a modern twist that's in tune with our busy lives and passion for fresh and healthy flavours.

This is a one-stop manual of favourite dishes for every occasion, from lazy breakfasts to late-night suppers to lunch for a crowd.

In choosing them, Bill has drawn on all his fondest food memories, including dishes from a variety of different countries.

From lamb tagine to prawn laksa, Thai beef salad to chocolate brownies, chicken burritos to creme caramel, this is the repertoire that every home cook wants to master.

Bill's Basics will quickly become the essential book that all home cooks turn to time and again. A modern classic, packed with irresistible photography, written with Bill's trademark friendly yet reassuring authority, it will have readers cooking their way through it from cover to cover.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Over 150 colour photographs
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: General cookery & recipes
  • ISBN: 9781844008438

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Bill's Basics is a collection of 100 recipes for familiar yet varied dishes from roast beef to chicken curry, banana split to tiramisu, apple tart to crème caramel, and much more besides which include perhaps a few new ones to try. The book is sensibly arranged under the headings: Breakfast, Baking, Soup, Salads, Rice pasta & bread, Chicken, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables and Desserts, making it very easy to browse for recipes. The recipes are clearly presented and laid out, and each has a brief explanatory introduction, something I always like to see in a cookbook.Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this cookbook is the simplicity of the recipes, no matter how many ingredients the process of assembling them is almost invariably straightforward and quite easy - no unnecessarily complicated techniques to master and no need to attend to the dish constantly as it cooks, put simply it's a case of bung all the ingredients in and leave the dish to cook.The book is well designed and produced, and has a glossy hard cover that makes it easy to keep clean. Bill's Basics certainly lives up to the name, I can see that this is a cookbook that will get plenty of use, it requires little that is not readily available, it's practical, and the dishes are irresistible.

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This is an interesting collection of recipes that covers what initially seem to be complicated menus but once you read the ingredients and method they are fine. I think this recipe book would make a good gift for someone if you can get it at a special price.We’ve tried the lamb curry with yoghurt and tomatoes (page 174) and this is very simple to follow but tastes delicious. The fish pie on page 186 went down very well with me but not my husband. I loved the idea of the filo pastry but it felt unusual not having mashed potato on top. This recipe was a little bit awkward and may not be one we’d try again if you’re looking for convenience. The coq au vin on page 124 was outstanding and will be used time and time again. In fact, I’ve already shared this recipe with other people. Finally, we’ve tried the shortbread on page 38, which didn’t come out as well as we’d hoped but it seemed okay. This one has been tried twice and we still haven’t got it quite right yet.Overall both me and hubby would recommend it and we’re looking forward to trying many of the other recipes.

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