MasterChef is finally over, and the Julie-rage is slowly subsiding. So what’s for dinner tonight? Coming up with tasty meals that are also easy on the hip pocket can be hard (who can afford to splash out on a bottle of Moet for cooking with like they were doing on MasterChef!?) I personally find it difficult to get inspiration from recipes books, because there’ll almost always be at least one ingredient that you don’t have.
I used to live in an apartment that was right upstairs from a supermarket so I could just pop down and grab something, but who has that kind of luxury any more? That’s where 4 ingredients, by Aussies Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham, comes in. This clever little book (and its sequel) compiles of dozens of recipes that use only 4 main ingredients. They do cheat a little bit and assume that you’ll have the basics like water, salt, pepper, etc. but very few kitchens would lack these (and if you do, you can nick some from a food court or something!) While they won’t win you any MasterChef challenges, the recipes do cover a wide variety of ingredients, and can be a good starting point to expand upon if you’re feeling creative.
The books also contain little humorous snippets of poems, quotes and the authors’ anecdotes to give it a casual, fun feel, like how cooking should be. Overall, a highly recommended addition to your kitchen library.