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James Morton - Author

About the Author

James Morton was runner-up on Great British Bake Off 2012. He learnt to bake with his granny, growing up in the Shetland Isles. James is studying medicine at the University of Glasgow. This is his first book.

Featured books by James Morton

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Does your Victoria sponge always sink in the centre? Does your choux pastry end up flat and dry? Are your brownies more soggy than squidgy? In How Baking Works James Morton takes on cakes, biscuits, macarons, pastry, muffins, tortes and more, explaining with step-by-step instructions and photographs how to achieve the perfect bake every time. He gently takes you through the essential processes, techniques and timings - and how you can adapt and customise recipes to suit your own ideas. With troubleshooting tips and over 70 original recipes including pear and vanilla upside down cake, best ever millionaire's shortbread and even blueberry pizza cake, How Baking Works explains the how and why of every single recipe.

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Brilliant Bread

Brilliant Bread

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle tank tops, spectacles and eccentric cake designs, this softly spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy. James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of proper bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques. Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.

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Other books by James Morton

Krays: The Final Word

Krays: The Final Word

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

Think you know everything about the Krays? Think again. Britain's most infamous criminals: the Kray twins. The extent of their activities has always been uncertain. But now, it is time for the conclusive account of their story, from their East End beginnings, to becoming the kingpins of London's underworld. This objective account, compiled by best-selling crime author and criminal lawyer James Morton, cuts through the conflicting versions of their stories and answers burning questions still being asked, 50 years after their infamous conviction. How was the clergy involved in evading police action? What was Charlie Kray's true position with his brothers? Just how many did they kill? Featuring an in-depth discussion at the supposed claims they killed up to 30, and a deep dive into the death of champion boxer Freddie Mills, Krays: The Final Word compiles all previous accounts and then some to find the truth behind their legendary status. This is the Krays - all fact, no fiction.

Super Sourdough

Super Sourdough

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Making Super Sourdough is the true test of every aspiring bread-maker. Fickle and delicate, every loaf is unique. And there are a lot of pitfalls to be avoided. It's much more than a food: sourdough is a science. Who better than Dr James Morton, baking pedant and fermentation fanatic, to explain the basics for both the uninitiated, and more experienced bakers? James talks the home baker through everything from starters, flours and hydration, to kneading, shaping, rising, scoring and baking, explaining how to achieve the perfect crust and crumb. With more than 40 sourdough recipes including basic loaves and rolls, baguettes, bagels and buns, clear step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting tips and explanations of what works and why, Super Sourdough is the new, accessible guidebook that bakers everywhere have been waiting for.

Gangland Robbers

Gangland Robbers

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2020

Robbers have always seen themselves as the cream of the underworld; at the top of the criminal aristocracy, in and out of prison. Robbers follows the stories of the men and women who go to great lengths to organise a heist which, if all goes well, should keep them in luxury for many years, if not for life. And if the heist fails, then often it is another sort of life. Morton and Lobez cover the stories of the robbers and robberies of the past 200 years; from the tunnel-digging heist of the Bank of Australia robbery in 1828 through to the bushrangers; Squizzy Taylor and his crew; the train robbers of the 1930s; Jockey Smith; 'Mad Dog' Cox; the ill-fated Victorian Bookie Robbery, as well as the less well known 'Angel of Death', 'The Pushbike Bandit' and 'The Gentleman Bandit'. Robbers explores the livesa their own and othersa that they ruined; the robbers who went to the gallows, and the very few who redeemed themselves.

Krays: The Final Word

Krays: The Final Word

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Think you know everything about the Krays? Think again. Britain's most infamous criminals: the Kray twins. The extent of their activities has always been uncertain. But now, it is time for the conclusive account of their story, from their East End beginnings, to becoming the kingpins of London's underworld. This objective account, compiled by best-selling crime author and criminal lawyer James Morton, cuts through the conflicting versions of their stories and answers burning questions still being asked, 50 years after their infamous conviction. How was the clergy involved in evading police action? What was Charlie Kray's true position with his brothers? Just how many did they kill? Featuring an in-depth discussion at the supposed claims they killed up to 30, and a deep dive into the death of champion boxer Freddie Mills, Krays: The Final Word compiles all previous accounts and then some to find the truth behind their legendary status. This is the Krays - all fact, no fiction.

Gangland This Unsporting Life

Gangland This Unsporting Life

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Gangland Oz

Gangland Oz

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Poverty of Nations

The Poverty of Nations

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2018

After 30 years of ever increasing aid, most African countries are no better off than they were at independence - indeed, many are slipping back and earlier economic and political achievements are being undermined. This book attempts to answer the questions: Why? What went wrong The author argues that the widespread theory of putting the last first is fine in theory but that in practice the last is unaffected He looks at aid as an essentially top-down exercise and discusses the failure of ambitious projects because of over-ambitious targets and inadequate controls. He also tackles the thorny question of whether aid to Africa shouldd be stopped so that the continent's economic evolution should be allowed to proceed at its own pace, without outside attempts to short-circuit the process. He looks at various approaches: aggressive intervention, greater financial accountability as a condition of aid, long stays in the field by donor staff, and finally and most radically the ultimate in bottom-up approaches: direct cash transfer. All these issues are informed by the author's long experience as a development official in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2018

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2018

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

The Treatment of Spina Bifida by a New Method

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2018

Shetland

Shetland

Author: James Morton, Tom Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

A wonderful slice of home, food and family from one of the most beautiful places on earth: this book is heaven. Jenny Colgan SHETLAND is where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea hits the Atlantic Ocean. Isolated, unspoilt and rich in history and tradition, Shetland is a truly singular place. And for James and Tom Morton, it's home. Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World explores life on an island with food, drink and community at its heart. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Shetland seafood is second to none. The native sheep roam freely. Here cooks, farmers, crofters and fishermen toil following traditions that go back hundreds of years. This is a heartfelt book, full of passion for place and community. The recipes celebrate the very best the isles have to offer, feasting on the ocean's harvest and the treasures of croft land and cliff face. There is cooking fuelled by necessity and thrift and, as you might expect on Scotland's Norse edge, there are drams and parties galore. With spectacular photography by Andy Sewell, Shetland celebrates a very different kind of island paradise.