We all want to eat healthy, fresh foods, and today we are keener than ever to focus on diet, balance, vitamins, GM-free and organic foods. In addition, the demands of a hectic business and social life can result in less time spent in the kitchen trying to attain these goals. Ready in Minutes is a collection of nutritious and mouthwatering recipes geared around the time it takes to cook them – from no-cook Prawn and Mango Salad, or Chilled Avocado Soup, to a 20-minute Thai-inspired Coconut and Chicken Broth, and 30-minute dishes such as Italian Parmesan Risotto and Poached Fillet of Beef with Pumpkin-Mustard Cream Sauce. Alan’s recipes feature influences from Asian, Mexican, Indian and Spanish cuisine, as well as the UK, USA, Europe and North Africa. The book also includes insights into ingredients as diverse as cheese, cherries and crab.