Time starved and starving? This is the book for you

Victoria Prever finds plenty of speedy store-cupboard suppers in the first cookery book from blogger Jules Clancy


STYLE: Healthy fast fare for foodies.

PREMISE: Food bloggers are the hip thing in cookery writing. Australian Clancy, a former food scientist and the creator of www.thestonesoup.com, is the latest to publish with a collection of simple dishes. As the name suggests, each requires only a handful of ingredients and will be ready in 10 minutes.

WHO WILL LIKE IT: Cooks in a hurry craving a decent meal. Clancy has genuinely followed the brief, warning reader if there is a risk a dish may need up to (gasp) 20 or more minutes to prepare. Each recipe is endlessly adaptable, with footnotes offering alternative ingredients. It would serve as a bible for students and those new to cooking for themselves.

TOP TIPS: Chickpeas — a Clancy staple. Keep a tin or two in your larder and you’ll always have a speedy meal.

WE LOVED: Pictures of everything; being able to prepare a reasonably virtuous meal in minutes. Creamed spinach with chickpeas and chickpea and rosemary frittata (spotting a theme?) were delicious. Less virtuous 10-minute puddings were also a revelation.

WE LIKED LESS: For more accomplished cooks some dishes (like the classic mixed green salad) veer into “call that a recipe?” territory.

‘5 Ingredients 10 Minutes’ by Jules Clancy is published by Michael Joseph, Penguin on March 14

‘5 Ingredients 10 Minutes’ by Jules Clancy is published by Michael Joseph, Penguin on March 14

    Last updated: 7:45pm, February 28 2013