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Home Cook



‘It’s absolutely wonderful and very Alastair Hendy’ says Nigel Slater

Home Cook by Alastair Hendy is a down-to-earth, practical, witty and beautifully illustrated cookbook with more than 150 recipes for the food we love to cook and eat at home.  ‘The book is brilliant.  All my kind of food’ says Delia Smith.  The UK’s best-selling fiction writer Martina Cole says ‘Home Cook is the best cookbook I have ever used – I’ve made many recipes from it and they all work fantastically well, and I love the text’.  ‘The book is a good read as it is for the recipes’, wrote Roopa Gulati in Time Out, ‘for while singing an ode to the iceberg lettuce in his mum’s big teakwood salad bowl, Alastair describes lollo rosso as “the most misguided, pappy, frothy, tasteless big-girl’s blouse of whoring low-life, the most wish-washy pile of leaves ever created”.  Saccharine sweet he is not’.

Whether cooking is the no-can-do or it’s your number one way to relax, the desire for something fabulous to eat is the same.  In Home Cook, Alastair Hendy – Mail On Sunday cookery writer, and former Sunday Times cook – gives us the food we love to eat at home and presents it in a clear ‘how to’ way so that we can all throw together our favourite meals with perfect results every time.

With more than 150 recipes, this an honest fuss free, up-to-the-minute cookery bible that shows you how to magic a proper dinner with one hand, while downing a glass or two with friends with the other. From all your favourite firsts and salads to Pad Thai Noodles and Emergency Apricot, Alastair comes home with the ultimate roasts, gravy dinners and his spaghetti Bolognese.  The dishes of your childhood, like Dad’s Prawn Cocktail and Mum’s Curry with all the Extras, are given the no-frills treatment they deserve and, if you’re yearning change, there’s great stuff like Perfect Crispy Duck and White and Dark Chocolate Tiramisu.

Elegant, edgy and full of delicious things for the twenty-first century, Home Cook adds a touch of brilliance and imagination to the food we want to eat.

Readers’ reviews

‘Don't go into the Kitchen without it! I got this book a couple of years ago and I have to say it’s by far the best cookbook I have ever read. Its full to bursting with down to earth and delicious recipes for all occasions. I've cooked his Xmas Lunch for a group of friends and it went down a storm.  This book is a wonderful addition to a collection, and good enough to be your only cookbook’. D. J. Clarke, 12 Dec 2007

‘I regularly think, “Oh yes, that’s exactly want I want to cook” ’ Barbara Grierson, reader of Alastair’s Sunday Times column

Best cookbooks in publication

Both Home Cook and Food & Travels Asia were listed in The Independent’s  ‘50 Best Cookbooks in publication’, Alastair being the only author to have two books listed.

Hardback  256 pages / 27.5 x 20.5 x 2.5cm / £25

Softback  256 pages / 26.5 x 20 x 2cm / £14.99  / SOLD OUT

Please note: the hardback has a plain blue cover with silver typeface on the spine only. 

If you would like the book signed by Alastair, and a message included, then please state with your order.