Another triumph from Alison Holst

January 29, 2010

Fast & Fun Family Food, by Alison Holst (Penguin, RRP $35):

Alison Holst wrote her first best-selling cookbook the same year I was born so it’s safe to say I’ve grown up with her recipes.

Her latest book is a collection of recipes that have been “family-tested” by her own family, with her children and grandchildren trying them out and giving them the thumbs up.

The recipes are simple but satisfying, with quick fixes for impatient teens, busy mums and anyone else looking for food that tastes good, looks good and isn’t too much of a chore to prepare.

This is a really nice collection, covering everything from family meals to nibbles that would suit a grown up party, snacks for the kids and sticky treats that look so good they just have to be bad for you.

If you’re looking for a really good cookbook that will appeal to the broadest range of tastes, this is the one.

There’s a reason Alison Holst is still writing best-selling cookbooks after all these years and this book is another one of her triumphs.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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