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Book Review – Yummy, Easy, Quick by Matt Preston

Yummy, Easy, Quick

Matt Preston


RRP: $39.99

What a cracker of a cookbook. What I loved most was that the “voice” of Preston was present throughout – witty little side comments on every page will have a smile on your face as you whip up one of his yummy, easy and quick recipes. (yes, really!)

We tried a number of dishes whilst on holiday and while they weren’t all 100% successful, they were tasty and fun.

Frist up I tried the easy flatbread, because it looked too easy to be true (and I had the ingredients to hand) – well, it was really that simple and they were totally delish! Great with hummus and cheese and a total “make again”.

Next up was the kedgeree – an old school dish, but oh so tasty  – somehow, despite following the instructions 100% I manged to over cook the eggs…which was a shame as runny eggs really do make the dish – however, I’ll put this down as my error (somehow) – and give him the benefit of the doubt as the rest of the meal was super fab and even looked like the picture!

In this book there is one super technical dish that I really wanted to tackle…but the egg curse hit again and I threw in the towel nearly immediately…I’ll try it again one day, but it was a massive fail!

Finally, we tried a lamb mince dish – we had guests that night so I had to make double the amount but man, oh, man, was it worth it! So easy, so yummy, so quick. Totally a winner with both adults and kids. Another “make again” and I’ll even try my own variations with other meats, salads and dressings.

All through this book there are helpful suggestions on how to tweak recipes, use other ingredients, use the same base or skill to do something else…. it’s just a trove of quick and simple meal ideas.

This book would be a great gift for both experienced cooks and complete novices.

About the Author

Matt Preston is an award-winning food journalist and recipe writer. His weekly national food column appears in NewsCorp’s metro newspapers and has a combined reach of over 2.9 million Australians each week. It runs in Stellar Magazine every Sunday and in The Adelaide Advertiser,. He is also a senior editor for Delicious. and Taste magazines.

Matt is also well known in Australia, and internationally, as a judge and co-host on nine series of the ratings juggernaut MasterChef Australia (total worldwide audience of 180 million) as well as on Celebrity MasterChefJunior MasterChef, MasterChef Allstars and MasterChef: The Professionals.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.