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Mary Berry - Author

About the Author

Mary Berry is well known as the author of more than sixty cookery books, including her bestselling Aga book. She has presented several television cookery series and is a judge on 'The Great British Bake Off'. She contributes to radio programmes and cookery magazines, and is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to preparing and serving food. She gives many demonstrations around the country and when at home loves being with her family and tending to her lovely garden, her other great passion.

Mary Berry's favourite holiday boks are...
The Shell Seekers - Rosamund Pilcher
Shoes for Anthony - Emma Kennedy (just read it and love it)
The Dipper - Marcia Willett
 

Featured books by Mary Berry

Classic Delicious, no-fuss recipes from Mary's new BBC series

Classic Delicious, no-fuss recipes from Mary's new BBC series

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

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Mary Berry Everyday

Mary Berry Everyday

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

'Everyday cooking is about sharing your love of food with family and friends. With this book I hope that you will feel encouraged to create new favourites, making everyday meals into something extra-special.' Add a little Mary magic to your cooking with 120 brand-new recipes from the inspiring new BBC series. It includes delicious family suppers, tempting food for sharing and plenty of sweet treats, all made with everyday ingredients and a clever twist.

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Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches

Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Mary brings Sunday lunch right up to date and shares her springtime starters, autumnal fruit pies, slow-cooked casseroles and light summer salads - winter curries, garden buffets, moreish vegetarian meals and divine desserts are included, too. Mary hasn't forgotten the classic roast, though, and has fine-tuned the essential information for each and every one, as well as including all the traditional roast accompaniments - find out how to make the perfect Yorkshire puddings, homemade cranberry sauce and your very own knock-out stuffing. With prepare-ahead tips and Aga cooking instructions, Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches is an invaluable addition to every kitchen shelf.

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Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking

Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2016

In this brand-new, official tie-in to Mary's much anticipated series, the nation's best-loved home cook will teach you to cook with confidence, with over 120 delicious recipes. This book features all the recipes from the show, including delicious weeknight dinners, irresistible dinner party suggestions and of course, plenty of tempting traybakes and biscuits for those with a sweet tooth. Featuring her no-nonsense tips and techniques, each chapter ensures perfect results every time, whatever you're cooking. In addition, Mary's no-fuss advice will help you foolproof your kitchen - whether that's preparing ahead to entertain a crowd, planning weekly family meals, or ensuring your store cupboard is well stocked. With Mary's no-fuss guidance, discover how every delicious dish can be made completely foolproof.

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Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites

Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2015

In this official tie-in to Mary's gorgeous new six-part BBC Two TV series, Mary reveals the secrets of her very favourite dishes. Featuring all the foolproof recipes from the show, Mary introduces you to her favourite dishes using produce from the farmers' market, the herb garden, the seaside, the countryside and more. This all-new collection of 100 fuss-free, delicious recipes offers yet more inspirational ideas that anyone can try. From tempting Mini Beef Wellingtons, perfect for a party, to her foolproof Saturday Night Pasta, Mary's no-nonsense advice means cooking for friends and family has never been simpler. And of course, there are plenty of indulgent cakes and teatime treats for those with a sweet tooth. The book also contains Mary's favourite Christmas recipes, and will tie-in to the two 30 minute Mary Berry Favourites Christmas specials.

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Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

This title helps you cook over 100 of Mary Berry's favourite recipes to absolute perfection. Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect is here to help you cook to perfection like Mary Berry. Whether you're wondering exactly how to cook salmon so that it melts in the mouth, how to cook a steak to the perfect shade of pink, or how to bake a cake that is both beautiful and delicious, Mary will guide you every step of the way. Every one of the 100 failsafe recipes is photographed to inspire you and show you what you're aiming for, plus Mary's crucial keys to perfection are shown in close-up step-by-step photographs so you can't go wrong. All the delicious recipes, from chargrilled sea bass with lemon cream sauce and roast chicken with tarragon butter, to spiced Dorset apple traybake and blackberry and elderflower sorbet, are divided by food groups so you can easily choose what you want to eat and learn to cook, helping you to put a modern twist on all of Mary's favourites. Mary's Rules of the kitchen give tips and advice on how to organise your space and plan your cooking for the best results, elevating classic recipes to new heights of taste, plus vegetable cooking techniques are broken down so you can master the technique, from steaming to roasting and grilling, so you get your vegetables spot on. With Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect you'll be able to prepare a host of gorgeous recipes for family and friends to absolute perfection.

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Simple Cakes

Simple Cakes

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Let Simple Cakes dispel the myth that cake-baking is all fuss and fiddle. Now Mary Berry guides you through the art of making the ultimate in comfort food, from cakes, biscuits and pastries, to meringues and more. From Coffee Cake and Devonshire Scones to Lavender Biscuits and, of course, the classic Victoria Sponge, each delicious recipe is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations and simple instructions to ensure impressive results every time. Including sections on ingredients, equipments and methods, as well as suggested party menus, baking has never been so simple.

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Mary Berry Cooks

Mary Berry Cooks

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

In this brand-new official tie-in to Mary's much-anticipated BBC2 series, the nation's best-loved home cook invites you into her kitchen to share the secrets of her favourite dishes to make for family and friends. Mary Berry Cooks features all the recipes from the show, along with Mary's menus for each episode - from a warming Winter Buffet or a Sunday Roast to a Summer Buffet or an Afternoon Tea. This all-new collection of 100 mouth-watering, simple recipes offers the perfect meal for any occasion. It includes dinner party staples such as Slow-Roast Shoulder of Lamb or Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potato Topping, special summer lunches such as Fiery Red Rice Salad and Summer Pudding, and of course, her trademark cakes and bakes. Accompanied by Mary's no-nonsense, no-fuss advice on preparing ahead, each fool-proof meal is made easy, so that you can cook with confidence. Whether a family lunch or a simple one-pot supper for friends, Mary's carefully tested recipes and comprehensive advice make Mary Berry Cooks the perfect kitchen companion.

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Other books by Mary Berry

Covered by Grace

Covered by Grace

Author: Mary Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2020

Mary Berry Cooks Up A Feast

Mary Berry Cooks Up A Feast

Author: Mary Berry, Lucy Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Here it is - the much-requested book to answer all your party needs and put your mind at rest when cooking for a crowd. - Mary Berry In this extra-special updated edition of Mary Berry's popular entertaining cookbook, Mary makes cooking for gatherings of family and friends easy, with over 160 recipes that work well for both small and large numbers of guests. Lavish new photography and bonus festive recipes make this edition a precious self-purchase or an ideal gift for any Mary fan. You'll discover how Mary cooks for her family and friends during the Christmas party season, and for other occasions and celebrations throughout the year. Her timeless guidance and expert tips will help you cater smoothly and successfully on a small scale for dinners and lunches around a table, or on a larger scale for drinks parties, buffets and teatime. Adapting quantities is made easy. Recipes provide two sets of ingredients for serving either 6 or 12 guests, plus there is new advice on how to scale up recipes for any number. Discover tips for preparing in advance, simple shortcuts and stylish presentation ideas - and cook up a feast the stress-free way with Mary.

Covered by Grace

Covered by Grace

Author: Mary Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2018

Covered by Grace

Covered by Grace

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/12/2018

Fast Cakes

Fast Cakes

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/06/2018

Fast Cakes is the unmissable and definitive baking book from Mary Berry. Mary has incorporated her 'all-in-one' method of preparation into as many recipes as possible, so her recipes are faster to make than ever. Nearly 100 of the bakes take only 10 minutes to make and Mary has included small bake variations for fruit cakes, which traditionally take a long time in the oven, so you can make one even when you are pushed for time. There are scones, buns and biscuits that you can whip up for tea, traybakes and fruit loaves perfect for a school or village fete and of course foolproof cakes for every occasion from everyday recipes such as a Honey and Almond Cake to Mary's First-Rate Chocolate Cake. Not forgetting recipes you can make with your kids from Happy Face Biscuits to Traffic Lights and Jammy Buns. If you miss Mary's wisdom and inspiration in The Great British Bake Off, or want a brand-new companion to Mary Berry's Baking Bible, this is the cookbook for you, with over 150 easy recipes to make with confidence. Straightforward recipes you can trust, Fast Cakes is a must-have for all busy bakers. Note: Fast Cakes was first published by Piatkus in 1981 and was an instant hit with classic recipes that could be made in minutes. A bestseller of its time, many families are still baking with it now, but 37 years on, Mary Berry has completely revised and updated this much-loved book. Collected together with recipes from Mary's follow-up book, More Fast Cakes, published in 1988, this is a beautifully photographed hardback edition for a new generation of bakers.

Mary's Household Tips and Tricks

Mary's Household Tips and Tricks

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2017

Britain's best-loved cook and national treasure Mary Berry lets readers in on her very own household secrets . . . A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide that shares her greatest tips on how to care for your home. 'It's practical AND beautiful . . . an ideal gift ' Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2 'This book is a collection of skills I've learned for running a home. Gleaned from years of practical experience, along with all the hints that friends and family have imparted to me, I hope it will be a helping hand' - Mary Berry Inside you'll find . . . A KITCHEN KNOW-HOW for the heart of your home - Freezer tips - Organize your food - CLEANING & CONFIGURING YOUR HOME - Create cleaning products from store cupboard items - LAUNDRY & WARDROBE WISDOM - Banish moths from your home for good - Remove stains from every kind of fabric - get green fingered with GARDENING & FLOWERS - Bring greenery into your home even without a garden - Create beautiful flower arrangements - And finally master the art of HOSTING & ADDING THE EXTRA TOUCHES for sparkling parties at home. Easy to use, practical and gorgeously illustrated, Mary's Household Tips & Tricks covers everything from Mary's golden rules for baking to her favourite flowers for each season, from how to polish silver to whether tea should be poured before or after milk. With secrets for accomplishing the most challenging home-keeping tasks with ease, Mary's wonderfully simple book will help turn any house into a home. 'The Queen of British baking has whipped up a recipe for home happiness' The Independent 'A domestic goddess' The Daily Telegraph

Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect

Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect teaches you how to cook over 100 exciting recipes, all made particularly special with Mary Berry's very own Keys to Perfection. For every delicious recipe Mary identifies the crucial part to get right to guarantee best results, and then demonstrates it with step-by-step instructions. She reveals the secret to crisp pork crackling, how to cook melt-in-the-mouth salmon, how to bake a feather-light cake, and the key to a super-crunchy crumble topping. Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect comes with an exclusive tote bag, making it the perfect gift for every Mary fan. With a variety of easy recipes for the whole family to enjoy, quick suppers to rustle up after work, and impressive dishes for when you entertain, Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect is the only cookbook you need to guarantee perfection every time. Discover a delicious mix of tried and tested favourites, and new twists on the classics, with a selection of new ingredients and flavour combinations. Mary knows the details in a recipe that make all the difference. Discover them in Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect.

One Step Ahead

One Step Ahead

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2016

From Britain's best-loved home cook, the multi-award-winning Mary Berry, comes this super collection of make-ahead dishes. In One Step Ahead, Mary Berry offers 100 simple, everyday solutions for busy cooks. All the recipes can be prepared in advance to give you a clever head start for stress-free midweek dining or weekend entertaining. Mary breaks every single recipe down into step-by-step instructions so that you can chill or freeze part of the meal and cook later. With recipes covering nibbles and starters, poultry, meat and game, fish, pasta and rice vegetable dishes, puddings and, of course, classic cakes and bakes, Mary also gives practical instructions for Aga owners. This is the essential guide to inspire confidence in the kitchen and get everyone cooking for friends and family.

Mary Berry Cookery Course

Mary Berry Cookery Course

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Let Mary Berry take you from new cook to good cook or from good cook to great cook, with simple recipes for classic dishes. Master the foundations of home cooking with Mary's expert guidance and build your culinary repertoire with delicious recipes for soups, starters, and mains, as well as bread, puddings, and cakes. Find out how Mary gets her roast chicken skin so crispy and how she ensures her apple pie doesn't have a soggy bottom . Perfect the basics of cooking with 12 classic 'master recipes' such as leek and potato soup, chargrilled salmon fillets, and Victoria sponge, with step-by-step instructions. Then cook your way to success with over 100 fail-safe recipes, each with a photograph of the finished dish so you know what you're aiming for every time. Mary also provides advice on ingredients and how to keep a well-stocked pantry, as well as teaching cooking methods covering everything from how to boil eggs to how to cook rice, so you can guarantee perfect results every time. Mary Berry's Cookery Course is ideal for all home cooks who want to learn to cook 'the Mary Berry way'.

Recipe for Life

Recipe for Life

Author: Mary Berry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/09/2013

From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life. Read by the actress Patricia Hodge. 'In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble...' From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way. Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary's childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was thirteen, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months. Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion - cookery. And so began a love affair that has - so far - spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the 60s and 70s, gradually becoming the country's most prolific and - many would say - best loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off. As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy and many joys along the way. In this touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, we accompany Mary on her journey of nearly eighty years; a life lived to the full, with a wicked sense of fun and an eye for the absurd, it is the life of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman. Fans of The Great British Bake Off can't wait to get their hands on Mary Berry's Recipe for Life. Born in 1935, Mary has been teaching Britain how to cook for over half a century. Her far-reaching culinary career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Sweet Treats and Puds

My Kitchen Table: 100 Sweet Treats and Puds

Author: Mary Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

Following the success of Mary Berry's 100 Cakes and Bakes, the baking queen returns with this wonderful collection of 100 more recipes for biscuits, pastries, cupcakes and teabreads, cakes, tarts, pies, cheesecakes and sponge puddings - plenty of inspiration to satisfy any sweet tooth. She includes both classic recipes and new ideas, which have all been tried-and-tested and photographed, making this the perfect baking book for beginners and an excellent companion to Mary's 100 Cakes and Bakes.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes

My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes

Author: Mary Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Mary Berry is the queen of cakes. There is no one better qualified to show you how to make the best Victoria sponge, vanilla cupcake, fruit tea bread or chocolate fudge cake. Together with these eternally popular recipes, Mary also shows you how to make the best children's birthday cake, Wimbledon cake, banana muffin, French patisserie and Christmas cake. With tried-and-tested, easy recipes for every occasion, this baking cookbook should be on every baker's kitchen bookshelf.

Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Author: Mary Berry Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2009

This definitive collection from the undisputed queen of cakes brings together all of Mary Berry's most mouth-watering baking recipes in a beautifully packaged edition. Filled with 250 foolproof recipes, from the classic Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake and Hazelnut Meringue Cake to tempting muffins, scones and bread and butter pudding, this is the most comprehensive baking cookbook you'll ever need. Mary's easy-to-follow instructions and handy tips make it ideal for kitchen novices and more experienced cooks alike, and full-colour photographs and beautiful illustrations will guide you smoothly to baking success. Drawing on her years of experience to create recipes for cakes, breads and desserts, Mary Berry's Baking Bible will prove to be a timeless classic.

A Comparative View Of The Social Life Of England And France

A Comparative View Of The Social Life Of England And France

Author: Mary Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

One Step Ahead

One Step Ahead

Author: Mary Berry, Martin Brigdale Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2007

Even the most organised and skilful cook can find themselves pressed for time when entertaining. The secret lies in clever pre-preparation. This might mean having a bake or a stuffed roast ready assembled in the fridge, ready to be popped into the oven or having an impressive sauce or topping pre-prepared to provide a flourish to an otherwise straightforward dish. In One Step Ahead , best-selling author Mary Berry gives the answer for the time-poor cook, providing 100 recipes devised to be either worked through in the usual way or taken to a 'holding point' - a stage that will give you a head start when putting together a meal in limited time. Shortcuts are given wherever possible, and Mary helps the reader through any tricky techniques in her usual, inimitable crystal-clear manner. The recipes are divided into Party Nibbles and First Courses, Main Courses, including meat, poultry and game, fish and pasta and rice. Vegetable Dishes, Puddings and Desserts, and Basking are also included to make this the essential guide to inspire confident cooking in a way that makes entertaining fun.