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Something a bit different for you today. I’m super excited to announce the launch of my first ever eCOOKBOOK that I’m releasing out into the wide world for FREE. Yes, a 97 page cookbook packed with 65 simple [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] recipes all ready to download NOW.

Why the FREE e-cookbook?

Over the past year I’ve been writing a series of recipes that have only 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to prepare. They’ve been published in a number of locations. I thought it would be useful to have these recipes all together in the one handy e-book that you can keep on your laptop or computer at work as an at-your-fingertips reference for when you need inspiration for what to cook for dinner.

click HERE to download your FREE pdf copy of my new e-cookbook

If you find my e-cookbook useful, I’d really appreciate it if you share the love and forward it to your family and friends. Or better yet – send them the link to stonesoup (www.thestonesoup.com) so they can download their own copy and discover the wonderful world of food blogging themselves.

And if you haven’t yet done so, why not subscribe to stonesoup by email to receive your free updates published twice a week.

7 ways my [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] recipes can HELP YOU

1. less time in the kitchen
10 minutes cooking leaves more time for the activities and people you love.

2. less time shopping
With only 5 ingredients in each recipe, you’ll find your shopping lists are shorter and more manageable. You won’t need to spend as much time out hunting and gathering.

3. eating more fresh, healthy food
Everyone knows that home cooked food tends to be better for you. With the focus on fresh ingredients, my 5 ingredients recipes make it easy.

4. more pleasure & enjoyment
Cooking can be a great way to relax and unwind. Spending 10 minutes using one of my minimalist recipes will help you gain more pleasure and enjoyment from dinner time.

5. save money
If dinner only takes 10 minutes to prepare, you’ll be more likely to cook for yourself than take the expensive dial-a-dinner option.

6. less stress
Long ingredient lists and complicated methods can lead to much stress and kitchen confusion. Minimalist home cooking keeps things as simple and stress-free as possible.

7. more kitchen confidence
If you’re new to cooking, starting with minimalist recipes will help you get some great simple dishes under your belt and give you the confidence to tackle anything.

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A big THANKYOU to everyone who helped spread the word about my new FREE e-cookbook. It’s still available to download, or if you are interested in a proper paper copy, head on over to my blurb store… but be warned paper is expensive. The price does not contain any markup – it’s purely blurb’s cost to produce. Enjoy.

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  • Phuong 21 June, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Thank you – this is wonderful!
    I am a big fan of your recipes which have become my go-to many a time.
    Will be spreading the word and sharing the e-book on my blog (www.bubbletealove.blogspot.com) soon!

  • Wei-Wei 21 June, 2010, 6:34 pm

    This is so great – I think I’ll be referring to this often when cooking. Thanks for doing this for us! :)

    Wei-Wei

  • Korina 21 June, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Thank you so much! I adore your recipes, they save me so much time and taste amazing. I’ll make sure to spread the word in my next blog update :D

  • twirling betty 21 June, 2010, 7:47 pm

    An extraordinarily generous sharing of the 10 minute dishes love! Thanks so very much. With two little girls twirling at my feet, 10 minutes is about the maximum time I can invest in dinner at the moment. I’ll be spreading the word for you too.

  • Alex 21 June, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Thanks alot for putting all of those together! That is very generous of you to compile and share all these recipes as an ebook!

    I found your e-book on Barcelona very useful too. The map at the back with your walking tour was great as was the listing of markets and the list of places for food shopping. I was only there for a week for work so the guide was a handy reference for being able to squeeze in as much food shopping and eating as possible (thank heavens for hotels near markets too…..).

  • Lynne 21 June, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Thank you so much for your generosity. I have a little collection of your recipes already which I have either printed out or written out by hand. I love trying new recipes. I try to make a new recipe at least once a week, and invite my mother for dinner on those days. She always cooks meat and three vegetables at home for herself, and laughs at my “experiments” as she calls them. I thought she regarded herself more as a guinea pig than a guest. Last week I was working most nights and didn’t have her round for dinner. She called me and asked enthusiastically when I was going to “experiment” again, so I guess she likes what she’s been given so far :-)

  • Scott Kostolni 21 June, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Wow! This is awesome. I have just started learning about minimalism and this is the perfect way to embrace it in the kitchen. Your recipes sound delicious and your tips for setting up a kitchen are great. Thank you very much.

    ~Scott Kostolni

  • Abhishek 21 June, 2010, 10:54 pm

    This is excellent.

  • Muchado 21 June, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the cookbook. I’ll be sharing this in my food forum.

  • cathy 21 June, 2010, 11:39 pm

    The photos look as delicious as the recipes. Thanks so much!

  • Emily 22 June, 2010, 12:29 am

    Wow this is so fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this and for all the work you did on it! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  • Thom 22 June, 2010, 12:30 am

    What a great idea and really great photos and recipes. Notice a couple of typos:

    Toss _though_ cheese and season. Arrange on a serving platter or salad
    bowl and drizzle over a sparing amount of balsamic.

    Not sure if this is a typo or a regional saying
    or crumble _through_ some sharp goats cheese

  • Sarita Li 22 June, 2010, 12:58 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing.
    -sj

  • irene 22 June, 2010, 1:11 am

    thank you so much for this great little book!

  • Jace 22 June, 2010, 1:42 am

    Thank you! I already sent it to 4 friends…

    Cheers

  • Erin 22 June, 2010, 2:17 am

    Wow…perhaps I shouldn’t have read that so close to lunchtime! I can’t wait to try some new things. Thank you!

  • Ozge 22 June, 2010, 4:00 am

    wow thanks a million for being so generous with sharing such hard work with everyone for free… i can’t thank enough i guess :))

  • Dany Morin 22 June, 2010, 4:08 am

    Wow! Thank you so much for the hardwork. :) I love your Scramble eggs with Ricotta recipe. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  • Rosie 22 June, 2010, 5:04 am

    Downloaded it and love it. Thank you so much!

  • Marjorie 22 June, 2010, 5:32 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog and cannot wait to try the recipes in your cookbook. Thank you so much for putting it together! Also looking forward to the chapters on setting up the kitchen and pantry.

  • Enekk 22 June, 2010, 5:52 am

    Love the cookbook. Can I ask you what you used to create it?

  • Seanne 22 June, 2010, 6:05 am

    Thanks so much! I’ll be using these recipes (love simple cooking!) and sharing the link on my blog- thesavingsquest.com

  • Ariana 22 June, 2010, 6:17 am

    Oh my gosh, that’s soooo amazing – thank you very much! I love recipes that do not require tons of ingredients or time or whatever – therefore I am really thrilled!

  • Elizabeth 22 June, 2010, 6:31 am

    I’ve never commented before, but I read and love your website. This free cookbook is fantastic, and I thank you for it! I will be sure to provide the link on my own blog this week. In the meantime, happy cooking!

  • Michael 22 June, 2010, 6:47 am

    Thanks a lot for this ebook! Dankeschön! I will definetly try meals out of it. Your photos look delicious! I just subscribed to your feed…

  • Kath 22 June, 2010, 7:38 am

    Thank you so much for the free ebook! I will enjoy using it.

  • Betty Jo 22 June, 2010, 7:41 am

    What a wonderful offer! Thank you so much for your generosity. I’m always on the lookout for quick-to-prepare dishes. I’m a subscriber of your blog and in the next day or two will blog about your book.

  • Dan Wilson 22 June, 2010, 7:57 am

    Thank you … most impressive and a very generous offering …
    Will try several of these tantalizing dishes …
    Love it … so simple and the photos are stellar …
    Thanks again!

  • Socalgal 22 June, 2010, 8:10 am

    OMG! Hands down this is the most attractive collection of meals I’ve seen in a long time – I’m not a big fan of spending hours in the kitchen, and quick often means uninteresting. Thank you! [Came over here from Lifehacker.com, where your e-book is featured today (notice an uptick in visitors?)]

  • jules 22 June, 2010, 8:32 am

    wow thanks for all the comments everyone. really appreciate the offers to help spread the word about stonesoup.

    thom
    thanks for the feedback – regional rather than typos – but there’s probably a few errors in there as well.

    lynne
    thanks for sharing your story about your mum and your experimental dinner – that’s just so cute.

    alex
    so glad you got alot out of the barcelona book – did you get to stockup on jamon?

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) 22 June, 2010, 8:43 am

    WOW – thankyou so much! This is wonderful!!!

  • Martha 22 June, 2010, 9:04 am

    I am new to your blog and look forward to trying more of your delightful recipes. Thanks for such a generous e-book. It is a beautiful. Your passion for food and artistic ability shine on every page. I look forward both to using it and recommending it to others.

  • C. A. Kobu 22 June, 2010, 9:17 am

    Yay! Lucky us! If you hadn’t done it, I would have compiled my own very special Stone Soup dishes for my personal use before too long. You see, your fabulous recipes have already reached the other end of the Earth :) I’ll surely inform every single person I know and who can cook. Thank you and congratulations. (The book looks as yummy as the dishes inside!)

  • Suzie 22 June, 2010, 9:19 am

    It’s as visually beautiful as it is practical. Thank you–what a wonderful e-book you’ve created!

  • Carol 22 June, 2010, 10:28 am

    Thank you for sharing. It’s a lovely cookbook.

  • Aaron 22 June, 2010, 10:36 am

    Straight to the iphone/ipad so it’s convenient in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing such a great book. After reading some of the recipes on your site too I’ll definitely be sticking around to read more

  • Lynn Fang 22 June, 2010, 11:01 am

    Thank you for the free ebook! It is amazing and you have some really great ideas!

  • James Hare 22 June, 2010, 11:33 am

    Bah! Reverse psychology is kicking in and now I want to pay for this!

    Let me explain myself. I want to get this for my mother, as I think she would find it very practical, but she’s not exactly a master of technology. (It’s a miracle she knows how to work a cordless phone.) If I were to print out all 97 pages, that would be a mess to deal with, plus it would cost me a lot of my ink. On the other hand, a rock-solid hardcover volume would work perfectly.

    I could probably arrange for this myself, but I am thinking that if I pay money, at least some of it should go to you. Therefore, I’ll leave you to set up the printing service, whichever printing service you wish to use.

  • Elise 22 June, 2010, 12:14 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for the free download!!

  • Alan 22 June, 2010, 12:29 pm

    This is great–really well done. Thanks for sharing! Heading to the supermarket tomorrow.

  • OohLookBel 22 June, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Your free e-cookbook is beautiful to look at and the recipes are so delicious. Thanks for putting it all together!

  • Jeannie @ Take Childbirth Back 22 June, 2010, 12:53 pm

    I’d really love to tell my friends about this, but then how would they be impressed when I serve up these FANTASTIC dishes?!

    Holy cow, thank you so much for compiling this! My mouth is watering. Great photography and presentation, too. Spectacular. Thank you.

    (Okay, they’ll inevitably ask me about the recipe and I’ll have to share you. But not before I’ve wow’d them! ;) )

  • Forager 22 June, 2010, 12:54 pm

    What a brilliant convenient initiative – I’ve downloaded my copy and sent it onto all my homecook friends! Thanks!

  • birgit 22 June, 2010, 1:46 pm

    thank you so much
    i send the link to my children and when my new kitchen ist ready i love to cook with your recipes each day yummy

  • Ali 22 June, 2010, 3:26 pm

    This is gold
    I have been trying hard to add fast easy and delicious meals to our family rotation. There are so many to choose from. I am from Sydney but live in the US. I love your simple, fresh & delicious approach to food – it feels very familiar. Thanks

  • Dana N 22 June, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I am still drooling and can’t wait to get cooking.

  • jules 22 June, 2010, 3:40 pm

    thanks for the kind words everyone – glad to hear people are enjoying the book

    aaron
    good to hear from someone who gets the whole ebook thing – ipad would be a perfect place to keep it – thanks for pointing that out

    james
    thanks for your comment – good to know there are people who would be keen to pay for the book – am in the process of writing a new one to release for sale later in the year.

    hadn’t thought about offering this free book as a print copy – will take a bit for me to reformat it but it could be done if there was enough interest – anyone?

  • Michelle 22 June, 2010, 4:51 pm

    This is perfect! Most of the posts that you’ve included in the ebook I already had bookmarked for later use (especially all the salads and salad dressing posts!) and I was wondering how I was easily going to remember to go back to them when I was in the kitchen. Having all the best bits of your blog all in one place is perfect!

    And although I do use my laptop in the kitchen more and more these days (with all the associated risks of spillage!) a print version would be wonderful.

  • Jarkko Laine 22 June, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Looks awesome! Thank you!

    A print version could be cool exactly for the reason Michelle points out above (risk of spillage), but right now all I care about is trying the recipes :)

  • Bronwyn 22 June, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Wow – the book looks wonderful. We are just packing up our house and moving into temporary rental accomodation with minimal cooking facilities so this book is a godsend – perfect timing too!!!

  • Atley Jonas 22 June, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Congratulations on putting out this gem of an eBook. The quality is truly pristine! Fantastic photography, easy-to-understand layout, and very tempting recipes from appetizers to deserts and everything in between.

    From one food-lover to another, I must say that I am impressed with the sheer simplicity you’ve been able to achieve. I often spend hours in the kitchen creating, inventing, experimenting, but there’s also something to be said about having some quick, easy, low-ingredient solutions for those times when spending an hour just won’t do.

    Please keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing and especially tasting your future creations. I read your eBook from cover to cover in record time, but I will certainly go back and re-read the recipes I wish to try out soon. In the mean time, I will definitely be taking your page 97 suggestions to heart. I will be passing this along to a number of people, and I will be subscribing to get future updates.

    Cheers,

    Atley Jonas
    Kofu, Japan

  • Alex 22 June, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Hiya Jules – yes I did stock up on Jamon. Quite a bit actually :- ) The range of single origin chocolate and cocoa powders from Cacao Sampaka also blew me away and took up a fair amount of space in my empty-on-the-way-to-Barcelona-but-chockers-on-the-way-back-bag too. Cheeses, smoked paprikas and vinegar took up the rest of my cabin space – along with a few kilos of different types of Botifarra! Bacalao, anchovies and sardines are pretty popular up here so I drew the line at packing those in as well, I just have to accept that I need to pay 3-4 times the price for the same item.

    I had also organised to do a ham tasting with Jamonismo – many hams and styles, pig feed and regions in one evening, but it is something I would recommend to anyone going to Barcelona, they just need to know in advance a range of what you would like for the evening (given it is not all on their menu). Thanks for the tip off on their vacuum packing – the guys were extremely helpful and it made for an entertaining evening with pretty much a game of charades being acted out when they did not know the word in English and I could not work the word in Spanish….

    By the way a print version of the e-book would be great (adding to other comments above) – and a practical gift for those people who live on toast and cereal if they don’t go out for dinner or can’t work out how to cook for one.

  • Greg 22 June, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Simple and delicious – this is the kind of cooking that brings me back to life I like after a long day at work. Thanks for the great recipes, beautiful photos, and attractive layout!

  • meds 23 June, 2010, 2:23 am

    Chanced upon your site, and this is an amazingly kind discovery! Thank you for sharing your book with the world, and food should always be easy and fun to try out :) Love the pictures that go along with the recipes!

  • Mindy 23 June, 2010, 2:48 am

    Thank you sooo much! I love it!

  • Su 23 June, 2010, 8:22 am

    this is absolutely brilliant
    i love the 5 ingredient concept
    i personally get put off by recipes that have so many ingredients
    definitely won’t be whinging when i try out these new recipes
    and great laksa recipe, i’m from singapore myself. good to see that you’ve recommended using singapore noodles in many of the recipes.
    i prefer angel hair pasta because i like how light it tastes so i’ll be using this instead
    egg noodles can be pretty filling in my opinion!
    thanks for this!!
    looking forward to more recipes from your side.
    cheers!

  • Su 23 June, 2010, 8:25 am

    oh and your recipes reminded me of this blog i follow
    http://www.101cookbooks.com/index.html
    not sure if you know it but thought you might like the link!

  • Anika 23 June, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Thank you!

  • Jen 23 June, 2010, 12:06 pm

    A minimalist cookbook! This is my dream cookbook!

  • mdot 23 June, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Your free cookbook was fantastic! The recipes were wonderfula nd the photography excellent! I am spouting the link around to all my friends.

  • orenzai 23 June, 2010, 5:40 pm

    Great stuff here!! I, as a student residing outstation, appreciate this cookbook a lot. Saves time, saves money!!! Bravo!

  • Jane 23 June, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this ebook! I love it.

  • caroline 23 June, 2010, 9:16 pm

    hi jules (gloss)! thanks so much. love your recipes and photography.

  • Alex 23 June, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Thanks so much for this cookbook! Cooking for one can be someone dismal – now I have no excuse to exist solely on cottage cheese, tomatoes, and packaged miso soup.

  • Mummy Zen 23 June, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful free e-book and so useful to have too. Thank you! I’ll definitely be letting people know about it.

  • Blaine 23 June, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Hi! I found your book via reddit!

    My wife and I got married less than a year ago. We’ve been committed to making fresh healthy dinners at home, with the goal of developing a core set of ingredients. Your cookbook looks just up our alley! I would definitely consider buying a paper copy to give to friends and family who don’t cook. Do you, by chance, have a list of “core ingredients” + spices/herbs that one could obtain on a regular basis and cook a maximal amount of different meals with? That is an ongoing project of mine and I’ll keep it in mind when reading the cookbook :)

    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • Bill 24 June, 2010, 2:00 am

    Jules Clancy,

    just went thru “Stone Soup” – you are a trip !! :))

    Bill

  • Jennifer 24 June, 2010, 6:18 am

    Thank you so much for this! : ) I love your 5/10 recipes, and the layout of a single page per recipe-and-picture is great!

  • jules 24 June, 2010, 7:34 am

    blaine
    there’s a list of minimalist pantry essentials at the back of the book you might find interesting. am planning to write about spices soon as well.

    alex
    i wrote a post last year about how to get excited when you’re cooking for one – you might enjoy it http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2009/11/secret-single-behaviour-how-to-get-excited-about-cooking-for-one/

    su
    thanks for the 101 cookbooks link – am already a big fan!

    and I’ve setup the book so anyone can buy a hardcopy on blurb – will put the link in the post above

  • Grace in Paris 24 June, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Lovely e-book! I really enjoyed reading it! ;)
    I have already wrote about it in my blog.
    Congrats from Paris,
    Grace

  • Finn 24 June, 2010, 6:58 pm

    Thank you very much for this wonderfull ebook.
    I found it this morning and i this evening i will try the first rezetps at home :-)
    Greetings form Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    Finn

  • Chris 24 June, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Great book. Can’t wait to try out some of the recipes and I love the minimalist 5 ingredient approach and the other information in the book. I know you said you hate to get your picture taken, but seriously, get a photographer to take a good pic and put it in your book. The self photo doesn’t do it for you; you’re way more professional than that. I’ll be checking back for an update!

    Good luck and thanks!

  • Claire 24 June, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Great job! The book looks fantastic – and just what we need in our house after a glorious week in the States with dreadful food! All I want is fresh easy food – I may start at one end and get to the other!

  • Wendy 24 June, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Thank-you for sharing such a great cookbook.I have downloaded it and it will now go on my kindle so it will always be at my finger tips.Now it’s just a matter of which recipe to try first.

  • Ann 25 June, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Hmmmm all for spending less time in the kitchen and that is why I eat raw!
    No cooking and some brilliant recipes. Just yesterday made a raw pesto with fresh coriandar, fresh basil, garlic, pecans, lemon juice – in the blender and hey presto it was done and delish!

  • Joanne 25 June, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this! The recipes look amazing and I have most of the ingredients on hand for almost all of them! Keep up the good work. I will definitely be sharing this with friends and family…and directing them to your amazing site!

  • I was referred here through Frugal Babe’s blog. I love this idea! It suits me perfectly. I can’t think of anything better than 5 ingredients and 10 minutes. And it’s so beautifully designed too.

    Do you have a tip jar or donation link anywhere?

    Thanks!

  • Jenni 26 June, 2010, 7:57 am

    Can I just say that, as someone with disabilities that make cooking a nightmare at times, this book is an actual godsend?

  • Kimberley 26 June, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us. A Minimalist kitchen is born in my house.

  • Abbie 27 June, 2010, 1:45 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook–just followed the link from Frugal Babe’s blog–and I’m so glad I did. The recipes sound and look delicious! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!!

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  • C 27 June, 2010, 11:35 am

    Thanks so much for this – as yet another solo cook I will be using it for sure.

  • Felix 27 June, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Thank you for this great book! I’m looking forward to trying all the recipes in it.

  • Katie&Wags 28 June, 2010, 11:02 am

    Thanks for the great e-book! Your photos are wonderful. Er, and food of course :)

  • jules 28 June, 2010, 3:55 pm

    victoria
    no i don’t have a tip jar – planning to release a new e-cookbook for sale in october though so people can support by buying the book then.

  • Samantha 29 June, 2010, 11:48 am

    Thank you! I’m excited to try out the food!

  • Mattias Petter Johansson 29 June, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Wow, fantastic work!

    You know, you really should consider hiring someone to turn this into an iPhone app. It wouldn’t really cost you much if you did it via Odesk.com. I’d gladly pay €5+ for this book as an app, even though I have the free PDF. Absolutely serious about that, and the format of your cooking is ideal for apps. There is an awesome recipe app on the app store called “4 ingredients” that I use almost exclusively when shopping ( it’s nice to just pop by the grocery store on the way home without a shopping list and just open up the app). However, with your focus on natural foods, a stone soup app would replace it.

    /Mattias

  • Wojo 30 June, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Found you through Zen Family Habits. Very happy to have discovered this, and can’t wait to try these recipes out!

  • swan 30 June, 2010, 11:58 pm

    Dear Jules, an absolute winner, thank you very much. I will spread the word. Oh, and use your recipes and tips. Even more important :-)

  • Luisa 1 July, 2010, 6:49 am

    This is the best thing I’ve found on the internet in a looooong time! Thank you so much for sharing it. I will certainly distribute!

  • Tania Dey 1 July, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I’m a transitioning minimalist and just moved in on my own… I inherited my mothers Kitchen and since I’m Indian… it’s a lot of stuff… Your writings really helped me find focus there.. Thank You..

    and the Ebook is lovely ! Best of Luck.

  • Fogwatt 1 July, 2010, 9:14 pm

    This is wonderful ebook – beautifully produced and thoughtfully written. It never ceases to astonish me how generous people are with their time and knowledge – all this for free? Many thanks indeed.

  • --Deb 2 July, 2010, 11:41 am

    LOVELY cookbook. And yes, I am delighted to help spread the word … even though I am now anxious to get down to the kitchen!

  • Susan 2 July, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for sharing your genius with ingredients and photography!

  • Joannarc1 2 July, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Such a lovely book I want to try out all the recipes. I love food, but I really hate shopping, so this is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing it for free – I am passing the word around all my friends.

  • melanie gao 4 July, 2010, 9:19 pm

    What a lovely cookbook! It was a delight to browse through and I will be trying many of the recipes this week. Here’s to good, fresh, simple eating! :)

  • Carrie 5 July, 2010, 11:08 am

    oh…my…god…love it, thank you!!! I’d just reached the point where I’d started to hate cooking with a passion, and Fruit Loops were looking like the most appealing meal I could pull off when you shared this awesome cookbook with us – seriously loving simple, wonderful, oh-so-yummy food again!!!

  • Neal Gorenflo 6 July, 2010, 4:38 am

    Jules, wondering if you have this e-book available through print on demand. I want to buy a printed version. Love your book but don’t want to print it out myself!

    Might be another revenue stream for you. Thank you.

    Neal

  • jules 6 July, 2010, 7:45 am

    hey neal –
    yes I’ve made a print on demand version available though blurb – there’s a link at the end of the post above. It’s pretty expensive though so I haven’t added any markup – it’s just blurb’s cost to produce.

    carrie
    so so glad I’ve saved you from fruit loops – I used to work for kellogg and they were one of my least favourite products

    mattias
    thanks for the iphone app suggestion – will look into it. in the mean time – I’ve put a copy of my book as a pdf onto ibooks and it looks really great (if I do say so myself) and you can use the ibooks search to find things quickly. need to get you away from 4 ingredients ;)

  • Nao 6 July, 2010, 8:09 am

    I downloaded your new e-book last week and couldn’t decide which recipe I wanted to try first so I decided to go with a spanish theme and do mini versions for hubby and I for a tapas night. It turned out wonderfully!

    The white bean and parmesan puree is absolutely delish and so so easy to make! Field mushies with fetta and olive dressing was tasty- it ticked all the boxes for a good tapas plate- warm mushies tick, cheese tick and a drizzle of the olive dressing was the perfect compliment to tie it all together!

    I adapted the couscous with tuna and cherry tomato sauce to just the sauce part and it was so simple and yummy that it left me wondering why I had never thought of it before. My only mishap was slightly burning the chorizzo in the chorizzo with chickpeas and tomato, but it still tasted good and was probably a good lesson for me in not trying to cook too many things at one time :)

    Now dessert was not so spanish themed- we tried the mini baileys cheesecakes which are very creamy and decadent and of course the fresh dates with blue cheese.

    Was very very yummy, Jul. All the recipes were easy and I can’t wait to try some of the soups in this cold weather!
    xoxo

  • Judy 9 July, 2010, 5:06 am

    Awesome book with beautiful (and appropriate serving size) photos of the final products! I definitely favor books with photos, even if my meal doesn’t turn out quite the same! I will be trying many of the meals in the upcoming months. I plan to take a copy of this book while we are away on vacation for 3 weeks. One additional asset to recipes with 5 ingredients is not needing to buy a whole bunch of items that you may not use again. My greatest fear though, is complete rebellion from my 8 and 10 year old boys. Nonetheless, we cook on!

  • Arancha 12 July, 2010, 5:42 am

    Thank you from Spain.

  • jknito 16 July, 2010, 3:09 am

    Hi,

    I’m ecuadorian and try to get your e-book, but i can’t download…

    my internet bandwidth is too small…

    can you send the e-book to email?

    thanks

    PD: my english is too bad, i know…

  • berenice 19 July, 2010, 9:38 am

    i cant download the free e-cookbook :( i have adobe 9.

  • pamela 27 July, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Hi there!

    A friend of mine forwarded me your e-book and i think its amazing!!! I was thinking about doing an e-book myself on crafts and design but haven’t been able to find the right software to do it. I tried blurb but I wanted to keep it electronic so it didn’t.

    if you don’t mind me asking, what type of software did you use? I would appreciate any tips i can get! thanks again, and congratulations on you book!

    Pamela.

  • jules 27 July, 2010, 5:11 pm

    really glad you’re enjoying the book pamela
    I used Adobe InDesign for the book. It’s expensive but is really flexible

  • Shana 3 August, 2010, 2:58 am

    I love your e-cookbook. If you ever release a full cookbook with just minimalist recipes, I’d buy it. :)

    My only wish is for bookmarks in the pdf so I could speed-flip to some of the sections/recipes?

  • norma 8 August, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Thank you so much for allowing us to download this wonderful book free. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
    Norma

  • wiieb 11 August, 2010, 6:01 am

    Love the simple, basic recipes. Thank you for sharing! I will return.

  • Christine 13 August, 2010, 5:24 pm

    THANK YOU!

  • Bob 15 August, 2010, 7:59 am

    Pretty awesome. Thanks!

  • page 15 August, 2010, 12:35 pm

    hi! i just want to say thank you for the cookbook and that this is my favourite food blog and that im really going to treasure the cookbook!! i really enjoy cooking simple too and i love your $2 /5 ingredient posts.. im gonna miss those!! :)
    but looking forward to more :)
    page

  • Chris 5 September, 2010, 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing your lovely recipes
    Chris

  • geeky_geekerson 21 September, 2010, 2:13 am

    Thank you so much for the effort of putting together such a valuable resource. I think cooking nowadays has become so much about using numerous and hard-to-find ingredients and this strips away the pleasure of the process (of cooking) and of the experience (of tasting/eating). It also pushes people to eat out, out of mere convenience. I’m glad I found your blog, which does the contrary: Rediscover the passion of simple cooking. It’s an art.

  • Francis 24 September, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Thank you very much! :)

  • Mark Powers 27 September, 2010, 5:49 am

    Hi, Jules- I just wanted to drop a line and say ‘thank you’ for the excellent eCookbook! I have never been much good at cooking and often race around, too busy to stop and prepare a decent meal for one.

    I recently met with Tammy Strobel from RowdyKittens.com. Upon reading her “Smalltopia,” I found your case study in the back, which first led me to your site. I downloaded your eCookbook, checked it out, and immediately thought, “wow, what perfectly simple, yet awesome, recipes . . . I could do this!”

    That night I took the laptop over my girlfriend’s place. We curled up, perused the whole book, put in a quick (and inexpensive) grocery run, and made #42 (mushrooms) and #59 (tuna & cherry tomatoes). We both agree: hands down, the best date night in a long time! It was fun choosing what to make and sharing the kitchen duties. 5 ingredients, 10 minutes? I love it!

    We had the supplies, but never got around to #82 (mousse) . . . tonight! Thanks again.

  • James Liao 3 November, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Hi Jules

    It is a great E-cook book because it is simple, saving time and helping to make taste and balanced meals. Thank you very much for giving people a chance to share your E-cookbook.

    All the best.

    James

  • sarah mae mamadang 4 January, 2011, 7:10 pm

    I recently met with Tammy Strobel from RowdyKittens.com. Upon reading her “Smalltopia,” I found your case study in the back, which first led me to your site. I downloaded your eCookbook, checked it out, and immediately thought, “wow, what perfectly simple, yet awesome, recipes . . . I could do this!”

  • Katrina 5 January, 2011, 3:42 am

    What a wonderful idea… thanks so much for this great freebie! I can’t wait to download it and start cooking up some easy, delicious meals.

  • Jackie 25 January, 2011, 4:12 pm

    This is an excellent set of cook books I would like to share. My grandmother got them for my birthday last year and I love them! Very good and information. Easy recipes

  • sweety 4 February, 2011, 2:14 am

    wow i like thie e-cookbook.bcoz it’s very nice tasty

  • Ewelina @ guilty pleasures 2 March, 2011, 1:47 am

    thank you so much from Poland :)

  • erin 11 March, 2011, 10:59 pm

    http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2011/03/warm-butter-beans-with-rosemary-and.html

    I made the butter beans with rosemary last night. I LOVED THEM! I posted about it (link above) and linked back to you and your e-cookbook! You rock! Thanks so much.

  • TM Davis 17 March, 2011, 12:32 am

    Who took the awesome photos? Did you or did you purchase them from Photobucket or such?

    Great book

    Thanks!!!!

  • jules 17 March, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Thanks TM
    They’re all my photos.

  • Joy 5 April, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Thanks Jules, can’t wait to try the recipes out, Winter is on its way, so we have been told, after the driest Summer on record. Joy from Western Australia.

  • Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy 15 April, 2011, 11:23 am

    I found your website a few weeks ago. I’m not much of a cook (“Delivery or take-out tonight, dear?”); I look forward to learning (and eating!) better. Thank you for the cookbook!

  • Linda B. 28 April, 2011, 11:22 am

    Hi Jules , about menu planning I was thinking more formal when you want to impress
    a group of people with culinary skills and have the menu look intimidating but not to
    difficult to pull off . Hope this helps explain what I would like to learn. Linda :-)

  • Simple Dave 6 July, 2011, 11:17 am

    Thanks Jules, This book actually saves my life :)..

  • frida 14 July, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Thanks Jules, nw i can try loads of different things in the kitchen.
    Fron Kenya,Africa.

  • taz 24 July, 2011, 1:03 am

    thank you verymuch…. I am a total novice trying my luck with cooking..lol hope this helps.. thanks will get back to yu on how it helped me or (not?), Thanks!!

    T

  • Johnny 7 August, 2011, 8:02 am

    Thank you for this wonderful free collection, Jules. I made the soba noodles with pesto & pinenuts for dinner last night, and I must say it was a wonderful taste combination. Your portion on this one is way off. 200 g of soba noodles is way more than one person can eat. I cut it in half and it was still a bit too much..

    Also, I think your formatting may be off when it comes to printing. When printing out one page, I have to set to portrait mode in order to get it to print out in landscape mode.

  • jules 8 August, 2011, 9:26 pm

    thanks for the feedback Johnny!
    Yes 200g soba noodles is a lot – No idea about the printing thing though.. sorry

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    Jules thanks for the free recipes, and its nice to know that there are people out there who still follow their dreams…i love cooking also but for now its just a hobby….cheers

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