The Perfect Cookbook: Over 120 Classic Recipes That Work Every Time by David Herbert

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  • Carrot cake

    • Dishyrishie on April 03, 2015

      Add nutmeg with cinnamon. Moist, moorish and always works.

  • Minestrone

    • k.a.g on June 16, 2013

      This recipe gets frequent outings at our house each winter, although it's rarely in exactly the same form twice. Don't forget minestrone is a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables (I often add peas, green beans cut into pieces, fresh tomatoes that are a bit overripe etc) and there's also plenty of scope for substitution (e.g. silverbeet or kale instead of the spinach, spring onions if you've got no leeks). I would however recommend cooking your cannellini beans rather than using a tin, if you can, as the difference is definitely worth it (1/2 a cup dried equals about a tin, although I usually double that). If I had one complaint it's that I think the cooking times are a bit long - in my opinion you're better off cooking just until the veggies are cooked through, no more - and that's nowhere near a hour or so, as Herbert suggests. Also, I would only add pasta to the portion you're going to serve straight away, as it gets very bloated and unappealing in your leftovers.

  • Muffins

    • Purplewhiz on July 01, 2013

      I made apple/date and apple/raspberry variations, using the milk+yogurt substitution for buttermilk. Worked fairly well except did not rise as much as hoped.

  • Guacamole

    • M0les on May 21, 2014

      Original recipe used coriander, not parsely

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  • ISBN 10 0670040517
  • ISBN 13 9780670040513
  • Published Oct 31 2003
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 208
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Penguin Books Australia
  • Imprint Viking Australia

Publishers Text

Few of us are taught the real sort of home cooking we all adore. We love to eat lasagne, roast chicken and lemon tart, but we're lost when it comes to finding the definitive recipe. This title contains over 120 classic recipes that are approachable and workable.

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