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Variety is the spice of life and in our Cookery, Food and Drink section we have a range of new books that you can sit back and enjoy or get your hands messy and whip up something fantastic!
The Whisky of the Scottish Islands, a tour, an investigation, a fact-finding mission done with the utmost geniality by a man who’s blood is probably a pale amber hue. You can almost smell the peat, hear the clink of glasses and see the wind on the heather! Ian Buxton knows the islands well and there is much anecdotal history of past holidays and visits which add to the interest. I am moderately interested in whisky but the attractions of the islands – and their people interest me more and I was pleased to find the journey with Ian Buxton worthwhile – and most enjoyable. ~ Sue Baker If you're interested in books about Whisky you might also like Spirit of Place: Whisky Distilleries of Scotland by Charles MacLean and Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Iain Banks.
This is the story of the author’s father-in-law, Carlo Contini, and her father, Alfonso, but predominantly it is Carlo’s story. Born into a large Italian family living just outside Naples, we are told of his poverty stricken but mostly happy childhood, then the horrible deprivations of the war and on into peace where Carlo joins the police special forces. He’s sent by his employers to Edinburgh to learn English. Interspersing his story is that of a Scottish based Italian community in East Lothian. While in Edinburgh Carlo meets Olivia, the daughter of an Italian delicatessen owner and they fall in love. Olivia’s brother, Vittorio, is despatched to Italy to check on Carlo’s family where we learn of some deep-buried secret but it is not revealed to Vittorio and so the wedding is able to take place. Carlo remains in Edinburgh and helps build the family business which flourishes today as Valvona and Crolla, a renowned delicatessen, restaurant and wine merchant. The warmth and charm of these Italian families radiates from the pages. The author has a light touch, neither maudlin nor sentimental which makes for a delightful book with the added bonus of a smattering of mouth-watering Italian recipes. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
If your palate has become a trifle jaded then this is the book for you. Time to take the family meals up a notch and experiment with some new techniques. This is an inspirational guide for home cooks introduced in Glyn Purnell’s jaunty and well recognised style. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Kitchin Suppers by Tom Kitchin Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes by Tom Kerridge
Featuring recipes containing exotic ingredients such as fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream. Sweet includes over 110 innovative recipes, from Blackberry and Star Anise Friands, Tahini and Halva Brownies, Persian Love Cakes, Middle Eastern Millionaire's Shortbread, and Saffron, Orange and Honey Madeleines to Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut and Rosewater and Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs. There is something here to delight everyone - from simple mini-cakes and cookies that parents can make with their children to showstopping layer cakes and roulades that will reignite the imaginations of accomplished bakers.
'Most of the dishes I cook are big dishes as we are a family of six, my partner Ben and myself, my stepsons, Hal and Orion, and our sons Bay and Oscar,' and so starts Kirstie Allsopp's very first cookbook. As someone who didn't learn to cook at her mother's apron strings, Kirstie has had to learn as she's gone along. Luckily she's been blessed with great advice from the cooks, bakers and chefs she's worked with and recipes inherited from friends and families over the years. In Kirstie's Real Kitchen she brings together her favourite recipes - the ones she relies on to feed her family, and whoever else happens to be around. From weekday suppers and entertaining a crowd, to dealing with fussy eaters and outdoor eating (essential for families with lots of boys), the book is full of the recipes that are at the centre of Kirstie's family life.
Giorgio Locatelli has another family beside his much-loved wife and children, his work family at his restaurant Locanda Locatelli and there are many recipes here cherished as traditions for their afternoon meals together alongside favourites enjoyed at home in Puglia and London. If you love Italian food, you will take to Made at Home, the reminiscences enhancing the recipes making for both enjoyment and anticipation at all those new dishes to be created. It’s good food too – it won’t involve every pan, pot and utensil you possess and you won’t be left wondering what some of the ingredients are either. The subtitle says it all – The food I cook for the people I love. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Marcus at Home by Marcus Wareing Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking by Gordon Ramsay
An extension of James Duigan’s clean and lean philosophy, a book that brings together diet, exercise and mindfulness to help readers create change in their lives. It aims to get everyone conscious of what they eat and how they move and find ways to become fitter and with a higher level of health, both mental and physical. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading The Louise Parker Method: Lean for Life by Louise Parker Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan: 15-Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep you Lean and Healthy by Joe Wicks
With a bit of organisation and Gino D’Acampo’s recipes you really can make your own in the time it would take to reheat a ready meal. There’s a 20-minute rule to the recipes, a good use of store cupboard ingredients with the addition of fresh meat and veg. Unlike many of the cookbooks that promise a good meal on the table in short order, this really does have the recipes that would do it. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Nigellisima: Instant Italian Inspiration by Nigella Lawson Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver
Packed with over 650 recipes, this is the biggest ever cookbook from Britain's best-loved cookery writer that no kitchen should be without. This updated edition of Mary's million-selling cookbook is the only Mary Berry book that you need. Every delicious recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography to inspire your cooking, with an eclectic mix of traditional dishes, exotic flavours, and classic Mary Berry recipes.
Featuring simple, delicious recipes from the new Channel series - Quick and Easy Food - Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients is his most straightforward book yet. Using five ingredients, cleverly combined, you'll conjure up THE most exciting food . . . Quick Asian fishcakes - juicy salmon fillets flavoured with fragrant lemongrass, ginger and fresh coriander, dipped into a chilli jam. Italian seared beef - blushing in the middle with green pesto, fiery rocket, pine nuts and Parmesan. Pear and Gorgonzola farfalle - strong, creamy Gorgonzola cheese and ripened sweet pears, crumbled walnuts and red chicory over pasta. Chickpea chard pork - seared pork in a casserole of chickpeas flavoured with fennel seeds, rainbow chard and roasted peppers. Cherry chocolate mousse - delicious dark chocolate, black-pitted cherries folded into a simple mousse made from eggs, double cream and golden caster sugar. It's all about making the journey to good food, super-simple. With over 130 recipes, and chapters on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Eggs, Veg, Salads, Pasta, Rice and Noodles and Sweet Things, there's plenty of quick and easy recipe inspiration to choose from. How about . . . Pomegrante jewels, fresh mint and feta tossed into a Carrot and grain salad. Roast tikka chicken - whole chicken flavoured in tikka paste, roasted with crispy potatoes, golden cauliflower and coriander, finished with a deliciously sumptuous AND impressive Honey berry filo smash topped with coconut yoghurt and pistachios. All ready to tuck into in less than 30-minutes. With every recipe you'll find a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutritional information. Jamie's new cookbook takes the stress out of mealtimes and will inspire cooks and non-cooks alike with beautiful, crazily simple ideas . . .
'I'm so excited about this beautiful book. Delicious, cozy recipes that are pure comfort on a plate' Fearne Cotton Secondary school teacher and pub landlord's daughter Candice Brown stole the show with her amazing bakes and weekly lipstick change in The Great British Bake Off tent of 2016. This year the Sunday Times columnist will be bringing out her first cookbook - all about home comforts. These are the recipes Candice learned to bake from her nan and mum, recipes close to her heart, that should be served up as a big generous slice - and preferably on a vintage plate if you have one.
This authoritative new title from health and wellness expert Renee Elliott is a modern encyclopedia of 99 brilliant ingredients that will help you use them in the best possible and easiest way. Carefully curated by Renee in close collaboration with the buyers of pioneering organic supermarket Planet Organic, it's a mix of great ordinary ingredients that you may be taking for granted - like apples, nuts and beans - and ingredients you may have heard of but haven't yet included in your diet. Eating well as Renee says is 'unavoidably important' for she believes 'many of the illnesses that plague us today, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease are the result of poor eating habits'. The look and feel of this important book will appeal to both millennials and longstanding foodies and for all those looking for an invaluable guide for eating well and living better. Like for Like ReadingThe Cook’s Book of Ingredients The Flavour Thesaurus, Niki Segnit A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... 'The first time I met Renee Elliott I was watching her at panel discussion on start-up businesses in the wellbeing industry. Renee is a wonderful public speaker, and as the pioneer of Planet Organic, she is also an inspiring and hugely experienced entrepreneur. I knew immediately that she was someone I wanted to work with and I was delighted when she agreed to write this book for us. We at Pavilion have learnt a tremendous amount while working on this book and are incredibly proud of What to Eat and How to Eat It. Renee’s take on health and the wellness industry is unique, and her knowledge is second to none. An encyclopaedia of 99 super foods, Renee explains each of their benefits and the best way to prepare and cook with them in delicious recipes. Renée is an established, informative and authentic voice and I am absolutely thrilled to publish What to Eat and How to Eat It.' ~ Katie Cowan, Publisher, Pavilion Books July 2017 Lifestyle and Health Book of the Month.
There has never been a greater interest in cooking. Never been such a wide range of accessible ingredients from all over the world. Cultural diversity has led to us all broadening our culinary horizons. What better time to celebrate the sumptuous array of delectable books on offer, covering all aspects of our growing obsession with all things food … and drink (!). You won’t find the obvious choices here, the big name chefs and TV show spin-offs. We hope that we’ve lovingly compiled a special menu of off the beaten track titles to fire your imaginations and your ovens. Uncork your inner sommelier, sauté your inner chef and share a spoonful of our passion for something saucy, lip-smacking, eye-feasting and thirst-quenching. Bon Appetit!
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.