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This book is up there with the best cook books ever. I cannot fault it at all, only praise. There is many many yummy pie recipes but that’s not all. They do all the side dishes to go with it too which is a great bonus. And it’s not just pies with pastry either, there is potato topped recipes too. And the thing I love most, and thank the Hairy Bikers for is, in each recipe the pastry part is included. Most books say refer to pastry section for the pastry part, which I find annoying. But in this book each pastry or potato part is included in each recipe. And apart from the fish recipes (because i don’t like seafood) I would happily make nearly all the recipes in this book, of which there are many. I cannot wait to get started.
I have the kindle edition and I am in 2 minds about returning it for a refund. I have paged through and looked at most of the recipes and most look like something I would like to cook, so that's always a good positive with a cookbook. I do think though, that some of the recipes are unnecessarily complicated and there are a few with hard to find ingredients. There was one that jumped out at me with some strange type of pastry I had never heard of, which you could buy if you had a good ethnic shop. I don't understand why chefs do this, not everyone lives in a city with half a dozen different ethnic shops nearby. Either give a recipe so that people can make it or suggest a reasonable alternative that works. If you can't then that recipe isn't really accessible and shouldn't be in the book. The real problem comes in the navigation. I think I would be perfectly happy to give 4 stars if I had bought the physical version. However I bought the kindle book. There is an accessible TOC, however this only gives chapter headings and the index -- No recipes, so you can't go directly to any. The index does usefully list all the different recipes with ingredient headings BUT it directs you to page numbers, no direct links to the recipes. So the only way you can find anything is to do a keyword search. I'm guessing that the publisher just copied the TOC and index directly from the physical edition without bothering to consider that it's not usable on a Kindle. Looking at the reviews I'm not the first person to have said this and I should have paid attention before I bought it but I'm not sure that the hassle of trying to use the book is even worth the small 99p cost.
Got this book for my husband who loves cooking. He said this is by far the best recipe book he has ( and he has a lot!!). He has tried several recipes and he said they are so easy to follow and I have to say that they have all tasted lovely. Definitely recommend.
If this book does not get you making brilliant pies, eat the book, I am sure it will taste great. I love these guys for their simple straight forward approach to everyday cooking. Nearly all their recipes are achievable from stock items in an average kitchen. A lot of other cookbook authors produce wonderful recipes but the list of ingredients would impoverish an oil baron. After that you are left with a pile of part used product you are unlikely to use again before they are useless. Not the slightest bit of good to most of us.
I have NEVER been able to cook (holds head in shame) and I've always found it a tedious task being in the kitchen... then a work friend of mine told me about the Hairy Biker Pie book!
I found this book both mouthwatering to look at and it made me eager to try out these easily understandable recipes... My first attempt at this book was the Strawberry Tart and I wowed myself!!! My tart was perfect and my family loved it!!
Thinking this was just pure luck, I tried my hand at baking the Chicken Pie.... oh boy I turned into a super-cook over night!!!!
I recommend this book to all the budding cooks out there, those that can/can't cook will find it easy to follow and the results will be amazing - if I can do this, anyone can!!
For ages I've searched for a pie book, and its unbelievable I could never find one. The Hairy Bikers book is perfect with a wide range of recipes (each with pictures); ingredients your likely to have in the house and simple straightforward instructions.
There is a emphasis on traditional pies , pastry and fillings and the results have been superb including a scrummy apple pie; chicken ham leek pie and now steak and ale.
I've now bought today the curry and baking books they have done. Best cook book I've bought to date.
If you want to make pies then this is the book to buy!
Update: Continuing to use book and do more recipes, all are proving to work really well and impress those eating. These guys really know how to cook and more importantly tell the reader how to do it. Their other books I have are just as fab.
This is one of my favourite cookbooks, love the Hairy Bikers' anyway and although I think I'm not a bad cook I could never make pastry so always used frozen. Not now, I can actually make pastry both by hand and in the food processor although I must admit, I still buy puff pastry!
Im not fan of celebrity chefs or their TV shows so have never watched the Hairy Bikers programmes. I came across the book when I was looking for pie recipes, and Im so glad I did. The book is well laid out with pictures of each pie and some pics of techniques. The recipes are easy to follow and there is a well planned index. But most of all the pies are delicious. And its not just pies, but also pasties, tarts quiches and even chips! Ive made about a dozen different ones so far and everyone has turned out well. The cherry pie is absolutely stunning! Shame about the calories!
We own virtually all the Hairy Biker's books and there's a reason for that: their recipes work! We have almost 100 cookery books at this stage, but I know that if I reach for a Hairy Biker book, the recipe will work first time and taste amazing. My wife and I must have very similiar taste buds to Si and Dave, but everything we try we love.
This book has some fantastic recipes, but don't think it is just about standard British pies. It pretty much encompasses everything pie-related that you can think of. So, if it is an ingredient encased in something else, chances are there'll be a recipe in here for it! Think pies, dumplings, desserts, snacks and everything else.