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Cookery, Food and Drink

Cookery, Food and Drink

A special category dedicated to some of our favourite Cookery, Food and Drink titles.

Historic Heston
Heston Blumenthal
Winner of Three James Beard AwardsCookbook of the YearCooking from a Professional Point of Viewand PhotographyBritish gastronomy has a grand old tradition that has been lost over time. Now our most inventive chef is out to reclaim it. Heston Blumenthal,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

I Love Curry The Best Indian Curries You'll Ever Cook
Anjum Anand
In India, a curry is a dish whose sauce is flavoured with a harmonious blend of spices. In the new edition of this deliciously spicy book Anjum Anand presents an eclectic choice of her favourite curries. As with all Anjum's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Fabulous Family Food Gorgeous Family Meals in Minutes
Nadia Sawalha
Nadia's cooking has made her a firm favourite with women everywhere. She knows how challenging it can be to get good food on the table in the midst of school runs, husband-wrangling, dog walking and a busy day job -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Winning Recipes Food for Every Day
Natalie Coleman
Natalie Coleman won MasterChef 2013 with a Scotch egg, and ever since she's been showcasing the same fresh, fun, down-to-earth cooking that made her a star. Now, she shows you how to do it too, guiding you through easy techniques...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Saturday Kitchen Suppers Inspiring Seasonal Recipes from Easy Weekday Suppers to Delicious Dinner Parties

Following on from 2013's SATURDAY KITCHEN COOKING BIBLE, this is the new collection of recipes from the chefs behind SATURDAY KITCHEN. Each weekend, over 3 million people sit down to enjoy BBC's SATURDAY KITCHEN'S world-class chefs cook fantastic recipes. With...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Farm, Fork, Food A Chef Celebrates Home-Grown Produce
Eric Skokan
In Farm Fork Food, Eric Skokan shows what good food is all about -quality, seasonal produce, showcased in creative, original dishes that allow the flavours to shine. The recipes in this book therefore take fresh, natural ingredients and present them...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Essence of French Cooking
Michel Roux
In this very personal book, Michel Roux distils a lifetime's knowledge into a definitive work on French food and cooking. Based around 100 classic recipes that have stood the test of time, this lavishly illustrated book explores the diversity of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Great British Bake off: Christmas
Lizzie Kamenetzky
Christmas is a time of friends and family. Of anticipation and excitement. Of good times - and of course, great food. This book celebrates everything surrounding Christmas with 100 delicious bakes for the festive season, as well as dishes for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

A Year in 120 Recipes
Jack Monroe
A Year in 120 Recipes is the follow-up cookbook from the No 1 bestseller Jack Monroe. Jack Monroe's tasty and resourceful recipes from her well-loved blog have propelled her into the spotlight during the past year. Her first cookbook, A...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

A History of Sweets in 50 Wrappers
Steve Berry, Phil Norman
A super-sweet guide to all your favourite sweets from years gone by. A History of Sweets in 50 Wrappers is a colourful and comical history of sweets and chocolates. If you ever dreamt of being the Milkybar Kid, if you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Primrose Bakery Christmas
Martha Swift
Christmas time is all about tradition, from the songs we sing to the food we eat, but, from mince pies to Christmas pudding, the food of Christmas could always benefit from extra help to make it shine just a little...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Extreme Food - What to Eat When Your Life Depends on it...
Bear Grylls
There are three levels to this book, in stage one Bear Grylls introduces foraging, a gentle start with blackberries, wild garlic and other good stuff. Level two raises the bar to hunting and fishing and level three goes off the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Hairy Dieters: Good Eating
Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers, Si King
Following on from their multi-million selling diet books, THE HAIRY DIETERS and THE HAIRY DIETERS: EAT FOR LIFE, the Hairy Bikers share more delicious low-calorie recipes and easy-to-follow advice. Si King and Dave Myers, aka the Hairy Bikers, have been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Good Food for Your Table A Grocer's Guide
Nick Selby, Melrose Morgan
Good Food For Your Table is a grocer's guide: this is the shopping basket deconstructed, including all you need to know about seasonality, provenance, storage, preserving and serving the very best food. Melrose and Morgan have ten years' experience as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Curry Easy Vegetarian
Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey is the queen of curries and the world authority on Indian Food, having published over 15 cookbooks on the subject over the last 40 years. Following on from her bestselling cookbook, Curry Easy, Madhur is back with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Paul Hollywood's British Baking
Paul Hollywood
Bakewells, Bannocks, Cornish Fairings, Dingle Pies, Welsh Cakes, Yorkshire Parkin . . . you don't get better than a traditional British bake.Join Paul Hollywood for a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discover the charming history of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and finish on the day, presenting a good range of basic recipes with plenty of tips and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     


We hope you’ll find our Food and Drink category full of titles that can be enjoyed either sitting in the armchair or used in a more practical way in the kitchen.  Some of them provide a mixture of both. 

 

The list is by no means comprehensive; indeed the titles featured are ones that may well not hit the top of the bestseller lists – a la Jamie Oliver - so you may struggle to hear about them, hence our reason for bringing them together to the Lovereading audience.

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'At a time when niche cookbooks are under pressure, it is fantastic to have a site that steers away from the mainstream and supports proper writers of the genre.' Rose Prince - Author of The Good Produce Guide

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Each one is a personal favourite of one of our non-fiction editorial experts. The titles may well be quite quirky but each one has made it here because we think you’ll enjoy each and every one of them, whether it’s for reading entertainment or for more practical purposes.  We’ll be adding and refreshing the list so do check it out on a regular basis.

food on a plate


So many cookery books are published promoting the use of local ingredients and rediscovering British food traditions – where to start? For cakes I’d go straight to Pam Corbin’s latest addition to the River Cottage series – called, naturally - Cakes. It’s a very good mix of the new and traditional, a good solid kitchen companion that won’t let you down. Two books to help find the best local produce, the larger volume, Food Britannia by Andrew Webb is definitely one to keep in the car but Rose Prince’s The Good Produce Guide  is more pocket friendly, both good guides offering a different view on where to go and what to buy.


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Mark Hix will get you reacquainted with the best British Seasonal Food and The Great British Food Revival  showcases the best of British produce. Next, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Ministry of Food, a book looking back at the kitchens of World War Two and the ingenuity shown by women dealing with rationing. A large dose of nostalgia but also some good pointers for money saving.  And a personal favourite, Vanessa Kimbell, a new name to remember, has come up with a truly original, extremely eatable selection of recipes in Prepped! As a busy mother she knows the pressure of feeding the family, as a professional cook she has new ideas and advice on preparing extremely good food with minimum fuss.


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And for the busy cook is there anything more relaxing than a bedtime perusal of something delicious? Beata Zatorska’s Rose Petal Jam is an ideal choice, beautifully illustrated, the recipes interspersed with memories and observations as she goes back to Poland and writes of the countryside and the very special food she remembers from childhood.


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