If you believe in natural, lovely, invigorating food and drink and care about what you eat as much as Leon do, Leon Ingredients and Recipes is a fun friendly approach to cooking with big flavours.
We all love food. At Leon, they are fiercely passionate and proud of the food and drinks they serve in their restaurants. In this book, Allegra McEvedy shares the Leon principles of giving people a way to eat better, be happier and live longer in their first cookbook.
This is a book of two halves. The first half arms you with everything you need to know about the ingredients - the building blocks of any recipe. Leon only use ingredients that are seasonal, full of bold flavours and that do you good, so here discover their top 250 fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, dairy and dry foods. You ll find out what s in season, what contains important vitamins and minerals, what superfoods are, how Leon source their foods and where you can find them, too. In a nutshell you can learn everything you need to know about an ingredient before finding out some great ways to cook it.
The second half brings together everything Leon has learnt so far with more than 100 recipes for breakfasts, soups, salads, starters, sharers and sides, grills and sauces, slow cooks, puds and drinks. From Sausage, Kale and Flageolet slow cook, Open Sesame Slaw and Ben s Indian Parsnip Soup to the Leon Better Brownie, Raspberry and Almond Tart and Breakfast Power Smoothies, these are all the best bits we love from the restaurant menus, past and present.
Proves fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy - Sunday Times Style
I love the Leon chain. It serves really fresh fast food but the kind that's good for you. Its meatballs are amazing and it's licensed. - Gordon Ramsay
Fantastic, gutsy, Technicolor stuff - Guardian - Jay Rayner
Leon is as sexy as a cookbook gets - stylish, interesting, and full of tempting, yet inexpensive, seasonal recipes - Delicious Magazine
Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years, working her way through a clutch of London's best restaurants before becoming more known for her work as a cookery writer for the Guardian as G2's Chef in Residence. In 2003, Allegra co-founded LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group, which currently has 11 restaurants serving over 70,000 people a week.In the summer of 2009, Allegra co-presented Economy Gastronomy, a six-part BBC prime-time series about spending less and using ingredients wisely. She is a Fellow of the RSA, a Spokesperson for The Fairtrade Foundation, and has written four bestselling books: The Good Cook (2000), Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook (2006), LEON: Ingredients & Recipes (2008) and Economy Gastronomy (2009). In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.