Leon, Book 2: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

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  • Lamb & apricot balls

    • Cheri on June 11, 2013

      As advertised, this is rather bland kid food. Had excellent ground lamb sirloin. Served with na'an bread and tzatzki. Filling and rich, but not wow. Easy prep, can be done on a weeknight. Baked at 350 deg. for 22 min.

  • Italian broad beans [Josceline Dimbleby]

    • redjanet on August 23, 2011

      A really quick and tasty way to jazz up frozen broad beans. Went very well as a side with roast chicken.

  • Coconut chicken & petit pois curry [Josceline Dimbleby]

    • redjanet on September 01, 2011

      A fairly light, mild curry that is quick to pull together on a weeknight. I really liked this and can see making it again often.

  • Chicken nuggets

    • Hellyloves2cook on November 07, 2012

      Very tasty and "can we have these again Mummy" comments fom my 8 year old. Looked great - I used chicken breast in this.

  • Fresh fish fingers

    • Hellyloves2cook on November 07, 2012

      Great for the littlies in your life - although I found them delicious too! Easy to make.

  • Roasted tinned artichokes

    • eeeve on January 06, 2016

      We weren't blown away by this. The artichokes needed longer than 10 minutes in the oven to develop some charring around the edges. We just didn't think they were anything special prepared in this way.

  • Courgette soup

    • eeeve on January 06, 2016

      This was just okay - quick to prepare and very economical, but lacks a bit of oomph.

  • Kiwi breakfast smoothie

    • eeeve on June 02, 2015

      For something billed as "a great substitute for people who don't fancy banana", I expected something far more substantial. Ended up drinking the whole amount myself (it was supposed to be "4 medium glasses"?!), which was a bit too acidic for breakfast. Won't make again, unless I play around with quantities.

  • Hattie's super-healthy almond smoothie

    • eeeve on June 10, 2015

      An okay tasting smoothie, made with oat milk (not almond) for a change from my usual yoghurt and OJ concoctions. Ever so slightly on the bland side (probably because of the oat milk) and not very substantial (add more porridge oats next time?). Will probably make again, but it's not a favourite.

  • Gabriela's green smoothie

    • eeeve on October 06, 2015

      Made this with spinach instead of kale; also not sure what the peanut butter and cocoa powder add (apart from additional calories) - have made it both with and without and didn't miss them. All in all, the smoothie is okay, but there are other green smoothie combos that I prefer.

  • George Pickard's cheese & ham muffins

    • e_ballad on April 13, 2020

      These are fantastic. Very moreish & a doddle to prepare. They freeze & reheat really well.

  • Carrots & beetroots with toasted almonds

    • e_ballad on April 13, 2020

      A good roasted beetroot & carrot recipe, but nothing to make this stand out from other recipes.

  • Dalston sweet potato curry

    • e_ballad on July 21, 2017

      The flavours were great, but the cooking times were completely off. Even with an additional 45 mins, the sweet potato was still not soft using the technique described. I would suggest adding a really good splosh of water/stock after coating the sweet potato in the spice mix, just to get the ball rolling.

  • Rigas's lamb

    • lou_weez on May 09, 2020

      This was really delicious. I was a bit nervous about the amount of dried mint (2 tbsp), but it worked beautifully.

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  • Bibliocook

    ...it hasn’t been allowed to leave the kitchen. Crammed with whole food ideas and healthy, seasonal dishes, all the food is tempting and very, very tasty.

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  • Tinned Tomatoes

    It really is a fab book... It is so colourful and quirky and overflowing with photos (a must in my book, no pun intended!)...you just have to buy it. You will love it too, I just know you will!

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  • ISBN 10 1840917865
  • ISBN 13 9781840917864
  • Published Aug 06 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Conran

Publishers Text

A collection of simple and delicious recipes from award-winning restaurant Leon that can be pulled together in a flash.

'The dream is to bring really good food at a good price to as many people as possible. It makes Leon sound like a new religion. If so, it's one that can count our judges as among its growing congregation of worshippers.' - Observer Food Monthly Awards

The first Leon restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street, opened its doors in July 2004, aiming to change the face of fast food by bringing fresh, wholesome cooking to the high street. Since then Leon has grown to more than 55 restaurants, including in Washington DC. Leon's food message is a simple and honest one that hasn't changed since the opening of that first branch - cook and eat with the best ingredients available and don't forget the naughty bits that are necessary for a fully-rounded life.

Leon Naturally Fast Food is a book of two halves. The first is Fast Food, which contains recipes for every occasion that take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare: from a work day breakfast and children's meals to simple suppers and party food. The second half is Slow Fast Food, which contains meals that can be made in advance when you have the time, to enjoy when you don't.

The wide range of recipes will satisfy both the experienced cook and the culinary adventurer in search of inspiration.


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