How to be an Everyday Kitchen Magician
Fabulous Food for Almost Free

By Richard Fox

How to be an Everyday Kitchen Magician
Paperback, 160 pages £5.00
Published: 12th April 2012
ISBN: 9780857840271
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Category: FOOD & HEALTH

Don’t bin it! With How to be an Everyday Kitchen Magician you will be astounded by what you can make from the most uninspiring food at the back of your fridge or cupboard.

This book is so much more than a recipe book – in fact, it’s about learning to cook without using recipes at all. It’s about making the most of what you have, reducing your waste dramatically, and discovering how to create spontaneous, delicious dishes in minutes. It’s filled with ingredients that most of us would throw away without so much as a second thought. For example . . .

  • A cold leftover sausage, a crusty bit of cheddar, a bendy courgette and a few wrinkly mushrooms can become a sublime risotto in 20 minutes.
  • Take a dried-out flour tortilla, half an onion, a squirt of tomato puree, a squidgy tomato and a scattering of dried herbs, combine with random bits of cooked veg and you’ve got a delicious ‘pizza’ in less time than it takes for delivery.

Whether you’re a non-cook or an aspiring professional, the recipes, techniques and way of thinking about cooking in these pages will change your culinary life forever. Your everyday bits, leftovers and rejects will become a treasure trove of delicious dishes rather than wasted cash.

£12 billion worth of food and drink is thrown away every year in the UK, adding up to hundreds of pounds per household.

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Author’s note


How to use this book

Change your thinking

Basic essentials

Principles for ‘non-recipe’, waste-free cooking

Re-heating cooked food

Cook-and-chill and par-cooking

The scary cupboard

Dealing with mistakes


The recipes 

Eggs (and butter, milk, cream and flour)



The veg rack


Other meat and fish

Pasta, rice, couscous and pulses

The salad drawer

Tin can alley

Cooked leftovers

The fruit bowl


 "Pages full of tasty new tricks - many I'll be sharing with family at home."

- Gary Rhodes

Chef, writer, and broadcaster Richard Fox, an active supporter of the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign, travels the country with his demonstration theatre, armed with nothing more than a set of knives, a box of everyday cupboard ingredients and the contents of an everyman’s fridge, showing people how to convert past-it-looking produce into gastronomic masterpieces. 

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9780857840271
Format: 234mm x 168mm

BISAC Code:  CKB000000
Imprint: Green Books

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