- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing (26 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781785037269
- ISBN-13: 978-1785037269
- ASIN: 1785037269
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 26 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Downtime: Deliciousness at Home
Cook for guests as you would for family. Treat your family like company.
'This is great family cooking: inviting, achievable and simply delicious' - Nigel Slater
'This book is full of ideas, enthusiasm, flavour - and heart’ - Nigella Lawson
'A wonderful collection of everyday home-cooked meals' - Jamie Oliver
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The pictures are excellent and the recipes easy to follow.
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Because Amazon doesn't have a Look Inside feature at the time of this review posting, I'm including the index so people can see what kind of dishes Downtime includes.
The book itself is beautifully designed, with a sturdy cover and nice, big font. The pages lay flat pretty well and every recipe is accompanied by a photo of the finished dish. Unfortunately, the big font means that many recipes run over several pages, with the ingredients listed on one page and then you'll need to flip the page to see the directions. Nadine opted for a recipe writing style I really appreciate, with notes to the reader written in italics after certain steps (e.g. Don't use a whisk for this step because cheese tends to clump to the whisk). This is like having a good friend who's also a brilliant home chef in the kitchen with you as you cook (and it's always nice to know the why behind the method).
****What I don't like about this cookbook:
--the layout of having instructions & ingredients on different pages requires lots of flipping back and forth at each step (or while making your mis en place)
--a few of the recipes at the beginning veer a little bit towards too simple/basic for me, but this counterbalanced by the excellent directions
****What I like about this book:
--This cookbook includes a huge amount of variety, culled from chefs who were visiting the Redzepis as well as Nadine's own background. There are a lot of good, easy to execute at home, simple but full of flavor dishes here, from Indian style curries to Japanese omelets to Scandinavian porridge to a French-style macaron cake.
--The backstory for each recipe is usually just a paragraph or so, but gives a little insight into the origin of the recipe and how easy/kid friendly/etc you can expect it to be.
So far I have tried the kale & mushroom carbonara (which is genius) and the quinoa and crispy onion salad. Both were delicious and required relatively minimal effort/time. I am really excited to try the macaron cake and will update as I make more from this lovely cookbook.
I loved her comment that you should treat your family as guests.
I will give this book as a gift to friends who cook.