Essential Annabel Langbein, Volume One

Essential Annabel Langbein, Volume One: Savory: Best-Ever Meals for Busy Lives by Annabel Langbein marks the prolific cookbook author's 25th book. Annabel's library of books are indexed here at Eat Your Books and are members' favorites.  Annabel is one of the authors that we have produced a complete recipe index for - every recipe from her books, magazines, blog and TV shows. Updated: Our EYB Book Preview gives you a peek inside this stunning title.

This title is an essential contemporary, authoritative and comprehensive kitchen companion for today's home cook. A whopping 320-page treasury of easy but delicious savoury recipes (650 of them but with variations of recipes that total reaches 794!). Beautiful photographs are plentiful throughout the title along with an encyclopedia of tried-and-true cooking tips.

I was able to review a digital copy of Essential and it impressive. Weeknight dinners are a cinch and sure to be delicious with the huge selection of options.  While the recipes are interesting and flavorful for experienced cooks, Annabel's instructions are perfect for beginners as well - making this a totally approachable and enjoyable cookbook for cooks of all levels of experience.

Annabel has a number of events scheduled throughout New Zealand to promote this title, please check to see if she is in your area.

This book is available to order online using our BUY BOOK button, in book shops throughout New Zealand and would make the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Special thanks to Annabel Langbein for sharing her recipe for Chicken Fajitas with our members. 

Annabel Langbein's Chicken Fajitas

Oh-so good, especially served with char-grilled corn cobs or kumara wedges.
400g chicken stir-fry or sliced chicken thighs
2 onions, halved and cut into very thin wedges
2 red peppers/bell peppers, finely sliced
3 tbsp Smoky Spice Mix (see my new book Essential) or storebought mexican spice mix
2 tbsp neutral oil
To serve

8 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
salad fixings of your choice, such as iceberg lettuce, sliced red onion and/or pickled jalapeño peppers 
dressings of your choice, such as sour cream, fresh tomato salsa or guacamole
Combine chicken, onions, pepper slices and spice mix. Heat oil in a large heavy frypan or on a barbecue hotplate and, working in batches if necessary, cook over 
a medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes). Serve with tortillas, salad fixings and sauces so people can build their own fajitas. 
Recipe and photograph courtesy of Annabel Langbein Media.


  • jezpurr  on  3/17/2017 at 9:57 PM

    I don't have any, this would be a great start!!!^_^

  • hippiechick1955  on  3/17/2017 at 10:26 PM

    I unfortunately don't own any of her books. I wish I did but as I have said before, there are so many cookbooks on the market that one cannot afford to buy every one they see. Now that I am aware of this book I can begin setting money aside for one.

  • cocecitycook  on  3/18/2017 at 9:22 AM

    Simple no fuss recipes.

  • Lem9579  on  3/22/2017 at 5:20 PM

    It's good to have books that focus on technique and how to's. One can always learn more. And the plus is that she is very good. I have one of her books.

  • edyenicole  on  3/25/2017 at 8:49 PM

    I have none of her books as of now.

  • anastasiiap  on  3/30/2017 at 5:21 PM

    Don't have any yet, but so want to have one!

  • obbigttam  on  3/31/2017 at 10:43 PM

    I'm yet to even see one of her books, but have to admit I'm interested in checking out her cookbooks after reading the review. A point though regarding the review, it's not only mothers that cook (so many times I see things to do with cooking tagged as gift options for women lol, gets annoying).

  • Lem9579  on  4/8/2017 at 11:03 AM

    I have one of her books The Free Range Cook and was very impressed. I really don't think they are sold here in US but I order most of my books from overseas and that is how I discovered her. She's great!

  • RSW  on  4/17/2017 at 7:27 AM

    Have none but would like to own one soon.

  • lebarron2001  on  4/20/2017 at 9:55 AM

    I don't have any of her books...yet.

  • Ruthew  on  6/27/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Just love these books they are my favorite 0

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