Lorraine Pascale may not be a household name in the United States, but in Great Britain she is a well-known model and cooking show host whose books have sold over one million copies. There is a good reason for that. This cookbook is a real treasure. It is well laid out with sections that cover every course—canapés and cocktails; starters, snacks, and soups; salads; main dishes for chicken, duck, beef, lamb, pork, fish and shellfish, and vegetarian; cakes and desserts; bread and pastry; and treats. Every recipe includes a complete ingredients list, what kitchen tools are required, prep time, cooking time, number of servings, and step-by-step instructions. Most recipes have at least one gorgeous, mouth-watering photograph of the completed dish.
Everyone likes to find easy recipes, and this book is chock-full of good ones. But they are not the run-of-the-mill American recipes we are used to seeing. There is a real international flair with such things as Thai Red Beef Curry with Jasmine Rice or Moroccan Pesto Fish with Caramelized Onions and Haricot Beans served with Minty Pine Nut Couscous. This book will be a great addition to any cook’s library.