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The River Cottage Family Cookbook

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Bringing the River Cottage philosophy to the whole family, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall describes the joys of cooking food together, including recipes for how to make butter from a jar of cream and how to make your own sausages.


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Bringing the River Cottage philosophy to the whole family, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall describes the joys of cooking food together, including recipes for how to make butter from a jar of cream and how to make your own sausages.

30 review for The River Cottage Family Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    I picked this up from a table outside someone's house with a sign that said help yourself. As a basic family cookbook this is really good. Lots of nice photos of children enjoying getting stuck into some serious messy cooking. Lots of fun recipes for children to try, turkish delight, mushroom noodle soup, pizza, raisin bread, lots of different smoothies, icecreams, ice lolly ideas. The flatbread recipe is good. I've tried making my own sourdough starter before and have never succeeded, perhaps t I picked this up from a table outside someone's house with a sign that said help yourself. As a basic family cookbook this is really good. Lots of nice photos of children enjoying getting stuck into some serious messy cooking. Lots of fun recipes for children to try, turkish delight, mushroom noodle soup, pizza, raisin bread, lots of different smoothies, icecreams, ice lolly ideas. The flatbread recipe is good. I've tried making my own sourdough starter before and have never succeeded, perhaps this will inspire me to try again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Beautifully photographed, this is very beginner-foodie friendly. It's great if you're looking for information to share with older kids, who may be curious about where their food comes from. The recipes are pretty simple, comfort-food oriented and very family-friendly. At least half this book is information about food, rather than recipes, so it's more of a general reference than just a cookbook. A good choice for families; a little preachy in places but interesting to check out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I suppose I should not have given this 5 stars since I haven't actually cooked anything from it...but I LOVE it anyway! Lovely photos. Lots of scientific and social studies info about food and food history. Lots on Shrove Tuesday and pancakes. And the tone of the writing makes me wish I had written it...it says much of what I would want to say to kids about how to cook, and why to cook, and where food comes from.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Family friendly food is food that's not too complicated and everyone wants to eat. I checked this one out because I need to be inspired to make some regular, everyday meals. It has good recipes, I just need someone else to cook 'em for me :( I actually think this would be a good cookbook for teens to experiment with.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Cute little book - has all the basics! Good for a busy family looking for simple dinners, snacks or sweet treats. Nothing too fancy or difficult but excellent instructions and illustrations. It has good background to each section and its ingredients which the kids love! The chocolate chip cookies are a dream! Definitely a family essential in my house!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Althea Parker

    Love this book. I bought it to share the love of cooking with my children and it has taught them so much. My daughter (then aged 9) baked her first loaf of bread completely independently using this book. It explains the recipes very clearly and with great detail which is great for young or inexperienced cooks. The book now automatically opens on the drop scone page.... Need I say more :-)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I passed on this book the first five times I perused it. Now that the garden is coming in, I'm more inspired by it. Definitely a good basic book to have around for straight forward bread and pizza dough recipes. There are also some fun things I can't wait to try with the kids, like the mint candy and make your own salt.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    Wow did I luck out!! Found this for $6 at a local discount store. This is a delightful family cook book. Full of all kinds of kitchen projects as well as the hows and whys of kitchen science. The organization of the book is smart. I will be sure to have this one for years to come. We will certainly be making more butter, homemade sausage, and jellies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I really like this cookbook. The recipes are very simple, using local and seasonal ingredients. The kids really enjoyed the lentil soup and bread. They weren't as thrilled by the corn/spinach fritters, but I liked 'em!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    good one with lots and lots of info, but i only got a few recipes from it. one though is a keeper - a simple tomato salad with onions and balsamic vinegar. It went perfect with our steaks on Sunday night.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    If you crossed Macaulay's "The Way things Work" with a simple but fun cookbook--that is the sort of book this is. I think this would be a great book for families with younger kids (6-12) that enjoy learning and being creative.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    It's a bit more of a coffee table book than a cookbook. It might be a nice book for beginners to check out of the library, but there isn't really enough useful content for it to be a good investment in money or space.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaq

    I loved this book - again I'm over the moon with the range of great recipes which are quick to cook, and delicious. Hugh does not disappoint - and it's one of those cookbooks that have gone onto my to buy list!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jess Gill

    i recieved this as a birthday gift, and couldn't wait to dig into the recipes. the photographs, illustrations, and anecdotes make this much more than a cookbook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Just_me

    Another fantastic cook book. Lots of recipes to try.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meryl

    Fairly basic stuff--nothing very fun or earthshaking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    My go to cookbook - love it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    les.deux.etoiles

    I really love the whole River Cottage collection - well done from photos to full recipes with suggestions. Authentic, nothing overly done or overly tv-food-show-ified!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Nice book for beginners, those without an extensive cookbook library, or those ready to make the leap into cooking without an actual recipe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Good for a novice cook, I gave it to my husband and he enjoyed it, but I find it much too basic for my skills.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phaedra

    lots of great basics here- the whys and why nots.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cori

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ifonly

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cache

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

  28. 4 out of 5

    TheRecipeClub

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen Culliford

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol-Ann Gravestock

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