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Rachel Allen - Author

About the Author

Bestselling cookery writer Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and studied at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, Rachel is an international TV chef and a frequent guest on BBC's Saturday Kitchen; she is also a journalist, mother and a teacher at Ballymaloe. Easy Meals is Rachel's eighth cookery book.

Featured books by Rachel Allen

All Things Sweet

All Things Sweet

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Bestselling author and Irish TV chef Rachel Allen is back with a deliciously tempting collection of treats! We all need to treat ourselves from time to time. Whether it's a showstopping dessert to impress friends, a simple pick-me-up after a long day or a surprisingly healthy snack that the whole family can enjoy, Rachel's Sweet Things will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth. Featuring 100 mouthwatering recipes and lavish photography of the finished dishes, this is a decadent journey through home made delights, from indulgent puddings and classic cakes to delicate pastries, luxurious mousses, delectable ice creams and much more. There are treats to suit every mood, ideas to perfect every occasion, and a whole array of indulgences for every 'me' moment. With techniques explained step-by-step, tips on how to give the perfect finishing touches and tricks to help you save time, Sweet Things is a world of delights that you'll relish exploring. Cooking with Rachel is easy, fun, filled with flavour - and guaranteed to make your days just a little bit sweeter!

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen Simple, Delicious Family Food

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen Simple, Delicious Family Food

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Cookery teacher and home cook Rachel Allen returns with clever ideas, simple shortcuts and plenty of practical advice for achieving simple, wholesome and nutritious meals day after day. This stunning, fully photographed cookbook includes over 100 tried-and-tested new recipes from bestselling cook Rachel Allen. After years of cooking for her family, teaching at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and listening to the questions of home cooks, Rachel has pulled together an ultimate cookery manual for getting great food on the table throughout the week without stress, expensive bills or hours at the stove. Rachel's Kitchen is all about everyday clever cooking: simple shortcuts, advice on weekly planning and shopping, wasting less, freezing more, preparing ahead and using leftovers, recipes than can serve more and those that can be adjusted to a tasty meal for one or two. Rachel will show you how to cook once but achieve two or three meals. A side dish of baked broccoli with garlic and pine nuts can be transformed into a spelt salad with feta. Extra mashed potato and smoked fish from a fish pie can become instant, warming Cullen Skink the next day. Her approach saves time and money, but also allows cooking to be satisfying and enjoyable rather than a chore. Rachel's thrifty recipes don't require unusual ingredients that will linger at the back of the cupboard but affordable favourite ingredients that get used multiple times and underused cuts of meat or seasonal vegetables that can be made into a truly delicious dish.

Other books by Rachel Allen

Home Baking

Home Baking

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen presents the definitive baking guide. Rachel's recipes always work. Her legions of fans know that they are in safe hands with her. And nowhere is it more important than with baking. Here, in this gorgeous new book, she combines simple yet brilliant techniques with delicious flavours. With over 140 easy-to-follow recipes, Home Baking caters to your every baking need or whim. Whether you're after something traditional like the perfect Birthday Cake, the crispest Brandy Snaps or the crumbliest Cheese Swirls, Rachel has a fail-safe recipe. Or perhaps you're looking for something a bit more unusual, in which case you'll find undiscovered gems such Pashtida with Aubergine, Feta and Mint (an Israeli quiche), Cardamom Butter Biscuits and a Tarte de Saint Tropez. Rachel's recipes range from the super simple (Ginger Squares) to the slightly more complex, including a show-stopping Celebration Cake. Whatever you're after, there will be no deflated souffles or dry sponges in sight. Home Baking's chapters range from Biscuits, Cakes and Sweet Bites to Savoury Bakes, Breads and Desserts. Every recipe includes Rachel's friendly and expert tuition, with clear instructions to ensure that you achieve the perfect bake; however comfortable you are in the kitchen.

Recipes from My Mother

Recipes from My Mother

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Full of warmth and nostalgia, Rachel shares culinary inspiration passed down through the generations. Rachel's food is heart-warming. She uses gorgeous ingredients that are used in abundance to create comforting, vibrant meals. Her love of food started when she was very young, sitting in the kitchen with her mother, helping and tasting. Her mother taught her their Scandi family recipes, as well as those she picked up from living in Ireland. Rachel become more and more passionate about food as she grew up, and she drew inspiration from her childhood memories of helping her mother cook and sitting round with her family enjoying delicious meals and treats. Here she celebrates the food memories of her childhood, alongside those of friends and other members of her family. Packed with much-loved recipes and stunning photography, this is the book to fall back in love with cooking.

Recipes from My Mother

Recipes from My Mother

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Full of warmth and nostalgia, Rachel shares culinary inspiration passed down through the generations. Rachel's food is heart-warming. She uses gorgeous ingredients in abundance to create comforting, vibrant meals. Her love of food began when she was very young, sitting in the kitchen with her mother, helping and tasting. She learnt their Scandi family recipes, as well as those her mother picked up from living in Ireland. As Rachel became more and more passionate about food, she drew inspiration from her childhood memories of helping her mother cook and enjoying delicious meals and treats with her family. Here she celebrates these memories, alongside those of friends and other family members. Packed with much-loved recipes and stunning photography, this book will help you fall back in love with cooking.

Coast Recipes from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Coast Recipes from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2016

Follow bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen as she journeys along the beautiful Atlantic coast of Ireland, delivering over 100 of the most sumptuous recipes picked up from her culinary odyssey along the way. The west coast of Ireland is a rugged place of wild natural beauty, and the traditional food of these coastal towns and villages complements this perfectly. Simple meals made with the freshest ingredients, these are fuss-free recipes packed with flavour. From rustic seafood and rich stews to heart-warming sweets, this is Irish food at its finest.

Coast Recipes from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Coast Recipes from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2015

Follow bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen as she journeys along the beautiful Atlantic coast of Ireland, delivering over 100 recipes collected from her culinary odyssey. The west coast of Ireland is a rugged terrain of wild natural beauty, and the traditional food of these coastal towns and villages complements this perfectly. Go on a magical trip with Rachel as she explores their local fare, starting her journey near her home in Cork and travelling all the way up to the green untamed headlands of Donegal. Filled with stunning photography of the people and places she visits along the way, you'll discover a whole host of authentic and simple recipes inspired by her travels. From Salmon Pate and Pan Fried Brill with Watercress Butter; to Irish Gingerbread and Gin, Lemon and Milk ice cream, these are simple dishes made with the freshest ingredients - fuss-free and yet packed full of flavour. Part travel journal, part cookbook, Rachel also shares her favourite places to stay off the beaten track; the incredible stories she learns from the fishermen and farmers that she meets; and the breadth of local produce - from honey and cheeses to gins and whiskeys - that she samples. Rustic seafood, rich stews, heart-warming sweets and everything in between - this is Rachel's most personal book to date. Welcome to her Ireland.

All Things Sweet

All Things Sweet

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Bestselling author and Irish TV chef Rachel Allen is back with a deliciously tempting collection of treats! We all need to treat ourselves from time to time. Whether it's a showstopping dessert to impress friends, a simple pick-me-up after a long day or a surprisingly healthy snack that the whole family can enjoy, Rachel's Sweet Things will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth. Featuring 100 mouthwatering recipes and lavish photography of the finished dishes, this is a decadent journey through home made delights, from indulgent puddings and classic cakes to delicate pastries, luxurious mousses, delectable ice creams and much more. There are treats to suit every mood, ideas to perfect every occasion, and a whole array of indulgences for every 'me' moment. With techniques explained step-by-step, tips on how to give the perfect finishing touches and tricks to help you save time, Sweet Things is a world of delights that you'll relish exploring. Cooking with Rachel is easy, fun, filled with flavour - and guaranteed to make your days just a little bit sweeter!

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen Simple, Delicious Family Food

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen Simple, Delicious Family Food

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Cookery teacher and home cook Rachel Allen returns with clever ideas, simple shortcuts and plenty of practical advice for achieving simple, wholesome and nutritious meals day after day. This stunning, fully photographed cookbook includes over 100 tried-and-tested new recipes from bestselling cook Rachel Allen. After years of cooking for her family, teaching at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and listening to the questions of home cooks, Rachel has pulled together an ultimate cookery manual for getting great food on the table throughout the week without stress, expensive bills or hours at the stove. Rachel's Kitchen is all about everyday clever cooking: simple shortcuts, advice on weekly planning and shopping, wasting less, freezing more, preparing ahead and using leftovers, recipes than can serve more and those that can be adjusted to a tasty meal for one or two. Rachel will show you how to cook once but achieve two or three meals. A side dish of baked broccoli with garlic and pine nuts can be transformed into a spelt salad with feta. Extra mashed potato and smoked fish from a fish pie can become instant, warming Cullen Skink the next day. Her approach saves time and money, but also allows cooking to be satisfying and enjoyable rather than a chore. Rachel's thrifty recipes don't require unusual ingredients that will linger at the back of the cupboard but affordable favourite ingredients that get used multiple times and underused cuts of meat or seasonal vegetables that can be made into a truly delicious dish.

Cake 200 Fabulous Foolproof Baking Recipes

Cake 200 Fabulous Foolproof Baking Recipes

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2012

Whether it's classic cakes, tiered cakes or small cakes, free-from cakes or wedding and birthday cakes Rachel has the perfect, foolproof recipe. Rachel Allen knows home baking. It's her fail-safe recipes, with easy-to-follow methods, thoughtful tips and advice that have been helping her readers over the years to make the most gorgeous cakes and bakes that work every time. Sponges, muffins, brownies, pop cakes, cheesecakes, tortes, pudding cakes, whether they are indulgent or healthy(ish), chocolaty, nutty or fruity, sweet or savoury, or gluten-free, you'll find them all in this ultimate cake bible. Try classics such as Victoria Sponge and Carrot Cake, new bakes like Beetroot Brownies or White Chocolate and Macadamia cake, festive treats such as Caramel Yule Log or a St Patrick's Day Guinness Cake as well as every day cakes like Raspberry Bakewell Cake or Butterscotch Banana Cake. Cake for grown-ups such as the Orange Cake with Campari Icing or children's party favourite Cake Pops. Cakes for when you have no time as well as more adventurous wedding and birthday cakes. Rachel will show you how to bake and decorate simple special occasion cakes, then give additional instruction for making it special - or even of professional quality. Whether it is a golden anniversary, wedding or 4th birthday party, you'll never have to buy a cake again. In this comprehensive collection you'll find a mix of delicious easy and everyday cakes, teatime treats, classics, festive baking, hearty puddings and even some free-from and healthier cakes. And when you've finished baking, Rachel will show you the best tips and tricks for decorating and icing. The wait is over! Enjoy more baking from Rachel Allen in Cake.

Entertaining at Home

Entertaining at Home

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen shares her down-to-earth style and easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining friends and family in your own home. Friends, family, good food, good times - this is what entertaining is all about. It can be as relaxed as flopping down on the sofa with a few friends to share nibbles and drinks or a great big curry, or as formal as getting out your best china and ironing your tablecloth for a three-course meal. How you choose to share your time and your cooking creations with your loved ones is entirely up to you. What each kind of gathering has in common, however, is a happy, welcoming atmosphere, and the main ingredient for that is you. In this beautiful, fully illustrated cookbook, Rachel shows you how easy and stress-free entertaining can, and should be. With her doable, delicious recipes there's no need to worry! Rachel is there with the helpful suggestions and mouth-watering recipes for which she is loved. She gives great advice about preparation, cooking and even gives an idea or two for pretty table decorations. Her wise words, clever hints and tips and, above all, irresistible recipes will inspire readers to cancel their dinner reservations and entertain at home - no matter what the occasion, even if there's no occasion at all! Chapters include: * Daytime entertaining * Casual meals * Outdoor dining and barbeques * Small bites and canapes * Small celebrations * Dinner parties * Larger gatherings * The buffet party Recipes include: Middle Eastern chilled cucumber soup Fennel, orange & hazelnut salad Winter leaf salad with pomegranate, apple & walnuts Southeast Asian grilled fish Honey Ginger Pork Summer pea & mint ravioli Roast duck breasts with white bean puree Roast pork belly with a fennel & garlic rub Beef & wild mushroom lasagne White chocolate & ginger parfait with chocolate sauce Mini coffee cupcakes Amaretti with brandy & ice cream Blueberry & custard tart Tiramisu

Home Cooking

Home Cooking

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2009

Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen feeds her family and yours with a collection of easy and delicious recipes that everyone will love, plus handy kitchen tips and tricks to make your life easier. In this, her sixth cookbook, Rachel shows how easy it is to feed your family great food, every day. From school run to bedtime, Rachel has suggestions that even the fussiest eater will love. Treat your loved-ones to nourishing, delicious food with this indispensable, inspirational recipe collection full of wise words, clever hints and tips and, above all, Rachel's irresistible recipes. CHAPTER BREAKDOWN - Breakfast & Brunch - Lunch - Sunday Lunch - Supper - Snacks and treats - Baby Food - Desserts - Sweets - Basics - Plus handy sections explaining meal planning, home freezing, healthy eating and much more!

Rachel's Food for Living

Rachel's Food for Living

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen is back with a celebration of favourite foods for making memories. Ever feel rapture over a pudding? Fall in love over a romantic meal? Can you remember the smell of baking in your grandmother's kitchen? Food has the power to conjure up many emotions - it can make us feel happy or energetic, nostalgic or loved. Cooking and enjoying great food with others is part of how we relish life and in her new paperback book, Rachel Allen provides the mouth-watering recipes to help you do just that. Rachel explores the foods that stir these wonderful feelings. She provides inspiring and easy-to-achieve suggestions for all kinds of occasions whether you want to make an indulgent celebratory meal for someone special, create memories with your kids, or need a little healthy boost...or a sneaky treat! This is the food that will make you smile. Rachel's Food for Living includes over 100 recipes such as Greek Lamb, Onion and Butter Bean Stew; Korean Beef with Avocado Rice; Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Soup; Little Mocha Kisses. Contents include: 1 Food for the soul 2 Childhood favourites 3 Making memories 4 Something to celebrate 5 The Lazy Sunday 6 An elegant afternoon 7 Pleasure without the guilt 8 Food for romance 9 For the love of chocolate 10 Classic dishes

Bake

Bake

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2008

Your best friend in the kitchen and bestselling author, Rachel Allen, is back with a collection of delicious and easy cakes and bakes, tarts and pies, quiches and casseroles from her brand new TV series. What could be better than the smell of freshly baked bread or the joy of eating warm cookies straight from the oven? Do you pine for the pleasures of gingerbread houses and holiday delights or the warming goodness of home baked casseroles? These are just some of the treats that await in Bake, which ties in with Rachel's brand new TV series. She shares both the sweet and the savoury sides of baking, whether quick snacks, wholesome breads and pies, exotic cakes and tarts or easy baked meals for friends and family. Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography including step-by-steps to take the mystery out of traditional baking and pastry making. Rachel also offers troubleshooting techniques for common problems and wheat or gluten-free recipes so nobody is left out of the fun! Rachel's friendly and expert tuition make this easy-to-use book the best friend to every home baker. Recipes include: * Cardamon bread * Crispy bacon and cheddar bread * Cheese straws and pretzels * Pork, chorizo and spinach pie * Beef pasties with mint, ginger and peas * Baked cheese fondue in a squash * Seville orange meringue pie * Cornish saffron bread * Lime and yoghurt cake with rosewater and pistachios

Rachel's Favourite Food at Home

Rachel's Favourite Food at Home

Author: Rachel Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2008

If you've ever prayed for kitchen inspiration, Rachel's Favourite Food at Home serves up the answers. Brand new in paperback and including new recipes, this beautifully illustrated cookbook offers the delicious, inspiring and easy-to-follow recipes for which Rachel Allen has become famous. Rachel's Favourite Food at Home draws on international influences, classic regional fare and good old family favourites to provide creative options for every occasion, whether planning a simple family meal, hosting a festive dinner for the entire clan, squeezing in a sneaky romantic meal for two, heading out for a glorious picnic, chilling out on the sofa with your favourite comfort food, or spending time baking muffins with the kids. Chapters include: Easy Family Food Sweet Celebrations Picnics and Days Out Food for Children Extended Family Meals Dining Al Fresco Home Cinema Big Celebrations Edible Gifts Just Like Mum Used to Make