Lorraine Pascale Cookbook Review and COMPETITION: How to Be a Better Cook by Lorraine Pascale

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The prize!
The prize! How to be a Better Cook by Lorraine Pascale
How to Be a Better Cook is the brand new cook book from TV chef Lorraine Pascale which ties in with her latest TV series on BBC 2.
I am a fan of Lorraine as I think she’s a fab example of someone who fell into cooking later in life, showing it’s never too late to learn! With that in mind, I think the subject of the book is a great idea and from what I can see it is suited to cooks of all ages who want to move from home-cooking to something a bit more special.
Now, the first thing I do when I get a new cook book is to, shamelessly, flick through and have a look at the pictures. I’m not the only one am I?

The book really is beautifully presented and it is packed full of pictures – but, perhaps to its detriment. Half the book is photos and I can’t help but think it’s trying to be more food porn than it is a useful cook book.

That said there are definitely some recipes in the book that caught my eye. The book covers everything from Flavoured Ice Cubes, Harissa Lamb Lollipops, to Ridiculously Rich Chocolate Tart. There’s also a baffling large number of Halloween recipes, which I can only assume resulted from the fact the book was brought out just before Halloween!

Since getting the book  tried the Moroccan Ribboned Carrot Salad as well as the Stem Ginger and Apricot Biscotti. Both dishes looked impressive and overall I was very pleased with the results.
Simple yet impressive - Roasted Duck and Watermelon Salad with Toasted Cashew Nuts
Simple yet impressive – Roasted Duck and Watermelon Salad with Toasted Cashew Nuts

One of my favourite things about the book is how Lorraine’s personality really comes through. The recipes are written in such a way that you feel her warmth and support in every step. Lorraine’s food always looks impressive and I’ve definitely learnt how to better-present my food turning an average meal into something I’d be happy to show off. However, while the food is tasty, a lot of these dishes are style over substance.

The key thing to remember with this book is that it is simple, delicious, crowd-pleasing food. If you were hoping to become a Michelin starred chef reading this book you are going to become sorely disappointed. But for those home cooks who are looking to get out of them comfort zone and learn something new, it does a good job.

Competition Time

Now here’s the fun part. If you’d like to win a copy of How to Be a Better Cook by Lorraine Pascale, all you have to do is enter using the widget below. Entries to the prize draw can be obtained by liking the Supper in the Suburbs Facebook Page, tweeting about the competition and more!


Note this competition is for UK entrants only.

The competition will run for a week when the winner will be drawn at random.


DISCLAIMER: I was offered a free copy of this book to review from publisher Harper Collins but despite this, I am not obliged to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

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