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Poppy Cooks: The Food You Need

Poppy Cooks: The Food You Need

Current price: $26.00
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
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"[Poppy’s] recipes are unshowy, unfussy (for all her Michelin training) and simply make you want to go skipping into the kitchen to cook."—Nigella Lawson,

With Chef and TikTok sensation Poppy O’Toole you'll learn the basics, up your cooking game, with delicious results every time.

This is a cookbook with no judgement. Together, we’ll learn how to make incredible food at home. We’ll start with the basics: 12 core recipes (or go-to skills) that everyone needs to know, like how to make a pasta sauce, roast a chicken or make a killer salad dressing. Then we’ll use these core skills as a base for delicious and adaptable recipes that will up your cooking game—the Staple, the Brunch, the Potato Hero (of course they make an appearance) and the Fancy AF.
So, once you’ve nailed that classic tomato sauce (which I promise will become the new go-to in your kitchen), you can stir it through pasta, or bake it with eggs for the perfect Shakshuka and, before you know it, you’ll be getting real fancy and making a show-stopping Chicken Parmigiana to impress your friends. I'll walk you through 75 delicious recipes, including:

  • White Sauce: think Mac and Cheese and Bacon-y Garlicky Gratin.
  • Dough: easy flatbreads for Halloumi Avo Breads and Salmon Tikka wraps.
  • Emulsions: Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade mayo and next level Steak Béarnaise with Hollandaise and Crunchy Roast Chips.
  • Meringue: from Eton Mess Pancakes through to Simply the Zest Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Whether you’re completely new to the kitchen or looking to elevate your basics with clever tricks, my step-by-step guidance will help you nail delicious food every time. As a Michelin-trained chef with over ten years’ experience in professional kitchens, I’ve done the years of training so you don’t have to. It’s okay to make a few mistakes along the way, and together, we'll help you fix them and achieve incredible results at home. I am passionate about the importance of great food at home, every day—it’s what we all deserve. This is not just the food you want. It’s the food you need.


    About the Author

    POPPY O'TOOLE has spent the last decade in professional kitchens--from Michelin starred restaurants to fine dining experiences--and since her COVID-related redundancy she has found a passion for teaching others how to cook via TikTok and Instagram. Her educational and entertaining content has amassed over 1.5M followers on social media, and gives us access to the skills she's learnt from fancy restaurants to inspire and teach people how to cook at home--beginning with the very basics--in a fun and informal way.
    Find Poppy @poppycooks on TikTok and @poppy_cooks on Instagram.

    Praise for Poppy Cooks: The Food You Need

    "Beneath the high-octane, brightly coloured pages . . . is a disciplined chef with a deep love for home cooking and a you-can-do-it gift for encouraging that most important quality in cooking, confidence. . . . [Poppy’s] recipes are unshowy, unfussy (for all her Michelin training) and simply make you want to go skipping into the kitchen to cook."—Nigella Lawson,

    "Even if you’re used to watching her, rather than reading cookbooks, you need Poppy Cooks – the back-up book to her videos – because this woman knows her stuff. She’ll teach you how to turn out a mean mac ’n’ cheese but also a melting lasagne made with shin of beef...O’Toole is admirably candid and a first-class enabler."—Diana Henry, The Telegraph (UK)

    "The how-to cookbook for the modern generation. Fresh, engaging and great fun."—Rukmini Iyer, author of the Roasting Tin series 

    "Full of dishes I actually want to cook at home. Delicious food. Beautiful photography. Love it."—Ben Lebus, author of MOB Kitchen

    "The poster girl for TikTok cooks."—The Times (UK)

    "With her no-nonsense cooking and focus on technical skills, Birmingham-born Poppy is the millennials' answer to Delia Smith."—Daily Mail (UK)

    "One of the ascendant stars of TikTok. Her remarkable rise is testament to her natural affability on camera, kitchen skills, and nose for food trends"—Observer Food Monthly (UK)