Cook As You Are: Recipes for Real Life, Hungry Cooks and Messy Kitchens (Paperback)
  • Cook As You Are: Recipes for Real Life, Hungry Cooks and Messy Kitchens (Paperback)

Cook As You Are: Recipes for Real Life, Hungry Cooks and Messy Kitchens (Paperback)

Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 07/10/2021
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Waterstones Says

From one-tin smashed potatoes to salted malted magic ice cream, the former Bake Off finalist delivers the ideal cookbook for the time-poor, featuring a delicious collection of recipes that require minimal prep and expense.

Ruby Tandoh wants us all to cook, and this is her cookbook for all of us - the real home cooks, juggling babies or long commutes, who might have limited resources and limited time. From last-minute inspiration to delicious meals for one, easy one-pot dinners to no-chop recipes for when life keeps your hands full, Ruby brings us 100 delicious, affordable and achievable recipes, including salted malted magic ice cream, one-tin smashed potatoes with lemony sardines and pesto and an easy dinner of plantain, black beans and eden rice.

This is a new kind of cookbook for our times: an accessible, inclusive and inspirational addition to any and every kitchen. You don't have to be an aspiring chef for your food to be delectable or for cooking to be a delight. Cook as you are.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788167529
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 234 x 152 x 46 mm
Edition: Main


Great recipes, of course, but also a wealth of modern kitchen wisdom. Practical, straight-talking, endlessly inspirational - this is Ruby at her best. - Nigel Slater

Cook As You Are is not simply a recipe book, but a warm invitation to relax into and enjoy the experience of cooking and eating. Ruby Tandoh offers understanding, encouragement, and completely glorious food. - Nigella Lawson

I genuinely think Cook As You Are is one of the best, most interesting cookbooks I've seen in a long time. I couldn't put it down. I love the illustrations, the notes about realistic seasonality and that Ruby credits properly and gives a proper platform to cuisines that don't always get a lot of exposure. - Ravneet Gill

Ruby Tandoh is another food writer - like Nigel and Jamie - who wants to enable readers, though she doesn't just want to empower you to cook, she also wants you to value the kind of cook you are and the food you want to make ... a sane, generous and wise book. - Diana Henry, 'The 20 best cookbooks to buy this autumn', Telegraph

A cookbook designed for real people: using up ingredients you can pick up on the way home, meals that give nourishment and comfort at the end of a tricky day and packed with insider ideas and ways to make your kitchen entirely your own; the most thoughtful of gifts - 'Books for people who love food', Stylist

I've lost track of the number of people who have told me that this was their favourite cookbook of the year. Tandoh has done something new: a cookbook that acknowledges that home cooking happens in the mess and exhaustion of everyday life. She writes with warmth and intelligence, and her recipes - 'Yorkshire puddings for every occasion', 'creamy mango and ginger pudding pots' - are the kind to lure you back into the kitchen even when you think you can't face it. - Bee Wilson, Sunday Times Ireland

Beautiful, practical and a total game-changer - Ella Risbridger, author of Midnight Chicken

Full of accessible, affordable and inspiring recipes - I'd recommend it for everyone from novice cooks looking for a helping hand in the kitchen, to keen cookbook buyers looking for new inspiration - Rukmini Iyer, author of The Roasting Tin

Ruby Tandoh once again shows us what eating can be instead of what it is - something usually defined by the white gaze using white hands to signpost for us what is trendy, culturally relevant and acceptable. As a gifted guide through the journey of her own adventures as a cook, Tandoh makes her identity and experience a central focus point for what she is sharing here - a gorgeous selection of recipes that have risen from her lived experience of being of and in the world as a human consuming her culture and experience - something we all do every day but less deftly explain. - Zoe Adjonyoh, author of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen

A beautiful cookbook full of good sense and delicious ideas ... without question, this will be loved as a gift this Christmas - Dan Lepard, author of Short and Sweet

Ruby Tandoh has continued to carve out a necessary and relatable space within the world of British food journalism ... [Cook As You Are] offers up recipes in digestible chunks for any type of cook no matter your experience or lifestyle... in many ways [Ruby] is completely shifting what a cookbook can be. - Niellah Arboine, gal-dem

Thoughtfully written, keeping in mind readers who are less confident in the kitchen ... the recipes themselves are brilliant, with plenty to excite more experienced cooks - Rukmini Iyer, 'The best food books of 2021', Guardian

Ruby Tandoh has been a breath of fresh air to the food industry ... I wholeheartedly hope that Cook As You Are signifies the future of cookbooks: a future where everyone feels welcome and is encouraged to give cooking a go, where we are invited to enjoy each step of the process, and where the community involved in creating a delicious recipe is acknowledged and credited. Ruby Tandoh truly is a trailblazer in many ways. I for one cannot wait to see what she does next. - CP Hunter, The Arts Desk

Hugely accessible ... Recipes are interspersed with Tandoh's musings, which are both helpful and hilarious ... Cook As You Are is hugely refreshing and shares a love of food and cooking without lecturing - The Caterer Magazine

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