From burger joints to pizza parlours, our towns and cities sparkle with the neon lights of takeaways. But among the deliciously exotic aromas of frying noodles, rotating meats and simmering spices, linger the toxic combinations of salt and chemicals that cause heart burn, obesity and diabetes.
HOMEMADE TAKEAWAYS injects the nation's favourite takeaways with new inspiration by recreating them using fresh produce and proper cooking methods. This is by no means a health book or a diet book, but by simply being able to control the quality of ingredients you use to cook the recipes, this book will make infinitely healthier food than you will find in any takeaway. Rob Allison uses his wealth of experience in the food industry to create mouth-watering and flavoursome food for any occasion.
Cooking, as I do, for three children with sensory-processing issues (they struggle with both the taste and texture of food), the range of dishes they can all cope with is very small. That said, they are always prepared to try new things, and they all *adore* foreign food – just not all the same ones! So, finding this book has been a boon.
The main thing that frustrates me about cookery books - particularly those claiming to include international recipes – is when you get halfway down the list of ingredients, only to find "2 tbsp green curry paste": a) I never have a jar of curry paste when I'm rooting around for something to make, and, b) jars of ready-made sauce/paste are expensive, and I'm on a budget. Finally, here is a book that gives me the from-scratch ingredients (most of which I have in the cupboard already), allowing me to make my own green curry paste (or whatever), and adjust it to suit individual tastes.
I've had "Homemade Takeaways" less than 24h, and have already made Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma, and Crispy Duck, all of which were delicious.
I generally dislike cooking, but this book has inspired me a lot. Thank you Rob Allison – you've made this reluctant cook very happy!