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Cookery / food & drink etc

See below for a selection of the latest books from Cookery / food & drink etc category. Presented with a red border are the Cookery / food & drink etc books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Cookery / food & drink etc books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Hedgerow Cookbook (NT)

The Hedgerow Cookbook (NT)

Author: Caro Willson, Ginny Knox Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

It's free, it's fun and it's very tasty! Harvesting your own produce from the hedgerows, meadows and woods rather than just ordering food online from the supermarket is all the rage with both towndwellers and countryfolk. The joy of turning nature's bounty into delicious produce to enjoy with the family or to use to make a lovely gift is being rediscovered in kitchens across the country. Explore the deliciously different flavours of wild food, from bilberries and nettles to hazelnuts and damsons - all of which are free for the picking. Learn how to use a range of wild foods creatively in over 100 easy recipes, ranging from jams, jellies and chutneys to starters, main courses, cakes, puds, cocktails and cordials. With chapters on Flowers & Hips, Leaves, Berries, Fruit with Stones, Fruit with Pips and Nuts, why not treat yourself to fruit leather, cheese, rose petal syrup or a wickedly alcoholic drink?

Tofu Tasty

Tofu Tasty

Author: Bonnie Chung Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Tofu Tasty will revolutionise the way we think and cook with tofu forever. Never tasteless, never boring and definitely not just for vegetarians, tofu is an exciting ingredient and Tofu Tasty is here to challenge you into cooking new and inspiring dishes. As well as 60 vibrant and versatile recipes, Bonnie Chung explores the different types of tofu, its history and heritage, health benefits, and its role in Asian cuisine. She also teaches you how to make, press and store your own tofu. Tofu has enjoyed a central place on dinner tables across Asia for centuries, but in the West it has become synonymous with a bland meat alternative - but Tofu Tasty is here to put tofu centre stage of every dish. The recipes in Tofu Tasty all start vegetarian, however 'twists' are provided to include a meat or fish variation for non-veggie days. The recipe chapters are arranged into sections by texture: Crispy Tofu: including Bookshop Katsu curry, Panko tofu bao and Tofu Miso Dengaku Soft & Chunky Tofu: including Ma Po tofu, Smoked tofu okonomiyaki and Indo-Chinese chilli tofu Mashed Tofu: including Chilli butter turmeric tofu scramble, Tofu Shirae salad and Miso tofu celery wantons Silken Tofu: including Fully-loaded spicy Xi'an cold tofu, Hot & Sour Soup and Korean tofu stew Fermented Tofu: including Red fermented tofu cauliflower steaks and Triple tofu Banh Mi Dried & Fried Tofu: including Tofu & mushroom Dan Dan noodles and Miso soup with aburaage and deep-fried aubergine Sweet Tofu: including Baked Matcha tofu cheesecake and Tofu Fa pudding

Wine Style

Wine Style

Author: Kate Leahy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2021

American Girl Tea Parties

American Girl Tea Parties

Author: Weldon Owen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2021

Mediterranean Cookbook

Mediterranean Cookbook

Author: Arabella Boxer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2021

'To write about the foods of all the countries that surround the Mediterranean could seem an impossibly ambitious task. Some fifteen countries border the sea, to say nothing of its many islands, and they span three continents. Yet when one starts to consider the matter it becomes clear that all these countries have a great deal in common, and the task seems simpler than first imagined. It is as if the sea itself has imposed a strong unifying effect on the areas surrounding it. Different as the countries may be, in terms of race, politics, religion and culture, in the end we are forced to acknowledge that food is based on quite other matters.' So says Arabella Boxer in the Introduction to her meticulously researched and beautifully organized book which constitutes a gastronomic grand tour of the region where spices, olives, tomatoes, yogurt, salads, fruit and the clever use of fish and meat combine so satisfyingly and memorably. Within these pages she conjures up the rich and colourful world of Mediterranean food.

Eat Bike Cook

Eat Bike Cook

Author: Kitty Pemberton-Platt, Fi Buchanan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2021

Colombiana

Colombiana

Author: Mariana Velasquez Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2021

A recipe developer and food stylist-whose work has taken her across the globe to work with clients like Michelle Obama and into the test kitchens of today's most esteemed culinary publications-pays homage to her native country with this vibrant, visually stunning cooking, the first dedicated solely to Colombian food, featuring 100 recipes that meld the contemporary and the traditional. To Mariana Velasquez, a native of Bogota, the diverse mix of heritages, cultures, and regions that comprise Colombian food can be summed up in one simple concept: More is more. No matter what rung of society, Colombians feed their guests well, and leave them feeling nourished in body and soul. In Colombiana, the award-winning recipe developer and food stylist draws on the rich culinary traditions of her native land and puts her own modern twist on dishes beloved by generations of Colombians. Here are recipes for classics such as arepas and empanadas, as well as Colombian-ish recipes like Lomito de Cerdo al Tamarindo y Menta (Tamarind Pork Tenderloin with Mint), Gazpacho de Papaya y Camaron Tostado (Spicy Papaya and Charred Shrimp Gazpacho), and Cuchuco de Trigo con Pollito y Limon (Lemony Bulgur Farmer's Chicken Soup). In addition to offering a unique perspective on Colombian food, Mariana shares the vibrant style of Colombian tablescapes and entertaining. For her, the best meals are never simply about the food on the table-they are an alchemy of atmosphere, drinks, and simple snacks and sweets that complete the experience and make it memorable. Rich with culture and stories as well as one-of-a-kind recipes and stunning photography, Colombiana is a gastronomic excursion that reminds us of the power of food to keep tradition alive.

Soda and Fizzy Drinks

Soda and Fizzy Drinks

Author: Judith Levin Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2021

More than 80 years before the invention of Coca-Cola, sweet carbonated drinks became popular around the world, provoking remarkably similar arguments that they do today. Are they medicinally, morally, culturally or nutritionally good or bad? They have been loved - and hated - for being cold or sweet or fizzy or stimulating. Many of their flavours are international - lemon and ginger were more popular than cola until about 1920. Some are local: tarragon in Russia, cucumber in New York, red bean in Japan, and chinotto (exceedingly bitter orange) in Italy. This book looks at how something made from water, sugar and soda became big business but also became deeply important to people; fizzy drinks' symbolic meanings are far more complex than the water, gas and sugar from which they are made.

A Curious Absence of Chickens

A Curious Absence of Chickens

Author: Sophie Grigson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

'Puglia is a region I wanted to get to know intimately, to understand culture, life, history and geography, reflecting through the prism of the food that's put on the tables of locals and tourists, too. I'm reminded of my 20-year old self, scribbling in notebooks as I first travelled through Italy's south, only this time I'm back to stay.' After her children grew up and left home, Sophie Grigson found herself living alone. About to turn 60, she took the decision to sell or give away most of her belongings, to pack up her car and to drive to Puglia on her own to start a new life. In a part of Italy where she didn't know anyone, having last visited the region 40 years ago, this narrative book of food writing, stories and recipes brings to life the region, its food and the local characters that she meets along the way. This is a book about courage, hope, new horizons and, above all, delicious food.

Women in the Kitchen

Women in the Kitchen

Author: Anne Willan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Culinary historian Anne Willan has melded her passions for culinary history, writing, and teaching into her fascinating new book (Chicago Tribune) that traces the origins of American cooking through profiles of twelve influential women-from Hannah Woolley in the mid-1600s to Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Alice Waters-whose recipes and ideas changed the way we eat. Anne Willan, multi-award-winning culinary historian, cookbook writer, teacher, and founder of La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, explores the lives and work of women cookbook authors whose essential books have defined cooking over the past three hundred years. Beginning with the first published cookbook by Hannah Woolley in 1661 to the early colonial days to the transformative popular works by Fannie Farmer, Irma Rombauer, Julia Child, Edna Lewis, Marcella Hazan, and up to Alice Waters working today. Willan offers a brief biography of each influential woman, highlighting her key contributions, seminal books, and representative dishes. The book features fifty original recipes-as well as updated versions Willan has tested and modernized for the contemporary kitchen. Women in the Kitchen is an engaging narrative moves seamlessly moves through the centuries to help readers understand the ways cookbook authors inspire one another, that they in part owe their places in history to those who came before them, and how they forever change the culinary landscape. This informative and inspiring book is a reminder that the love of delicious food and the care and preparation that goes into it can create a common bond (Booklist).

Kevin Belton's Cooking Louisiana

Kevin Belton's Cooking Louisiana

Author: Kevin Belton, Danny Culbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2021

Tokyo Cocktails

Tokyo Cocktails

Author: Nicholas Coldicott Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2021

With over 13.5 million residents squeezed in to 845 square miles, Tokyo stands as one of the world's most beguiling cities. On the surface it appears to be nothing but towering buildings and glaring lights. But once you get to know the city, its 23 wards reveal hidden alleyways, along many of which you can find singular drinking establishments. Tokyo Cocktails takes you inside the city's best bars and introduces you to bartenders and mixologists conjuring up drinks that reflect the city's essence, namely how thousands of years of tradition fuse with myriad contemporary influences. Featuring over 100 recipes that honor and reinvent classics and make the best of local ingredients, this book is the ideal cocktail enthusiast's guide to drinking like a local, whether you're making a trip to Tokyo or staying at home and simply wishing you were there.