Rick Stein’s Long Weekends
Get a copy on Amazon. BBC Books, 2016.
Rick Stein’s Long Weekends feels like one big lazy holiday eating around Europe. A disarmingly charming trip to lazy harbours and bustling cities, with food you can gaze longingly at and recipes that you’re actually going to make.
If you saw the TV series that originally accompanied it (please get on Netflix ASAP. Please.) he’s constantly chatting and it feels like he goes on all his holidays notebook in hand, ready to jot down a recipe. I picked up my copy of Rick Stein’s Long Weekends again recently and instantly fell in love with it all over again. Weekends is the sort of cookbook you want to make dishes from; the kind that makes you start looking at flights and holidays. Or sometimes you’re just propped up in bed on a day off, coffee in hand, flicking through and salivating over the gorgeous photos. Or is that just me?
Do I have to tell you that Rick Stein’s recipes work perfectly? That the list of ingredients is easy to get (and matches the accompanying photos)? That the recipes are clear, conscience and well laid out? You would expect all that in this book and you certainly won’t be disappointed. It’s just a very well written cookbook.
My favourites so far have been the roast beef eclairs, the saffron chicken and pasta
The book is laid out by the kind of meal, meaning you are constantly location hopping; giving you a little variety and always guessing where will be next. The meals themselves are suited to the times you’d eat them: Friday night meals are 30 minutes or less, Saturday brunch simple, entertaining for a Saturday night, classic Sunday lunches and comforting Sunday night dishes. They go with the rhythm of the weekend and the laidback nature of many of the destinations.
The photography is also something else. From market stalls teaming with a rainbow of fruit and veg to sugar-dusted pastels de
This book is for fans of food, travelling and enjoying what the local favourites are. Much of it
Even if you never intend to cook from it (although I dare you to read a copy and not make something!), get a copy to gaze at the pictures and read the travel tales that go along with them.
I fully admit to being a bit of a fanboy of this book (and actually just Rick Stein in general), but it truly is one heck of a book and one I seem to have come back to time and time again.
Perfect as a present for a foodie or travel-loving friend, a treat for yourself (seriously, at
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