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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!
Sparked by the gargantuan global popularity of English Heritage’s The Victorian Way YouTube series, How to Cook the Victorian Way presents the life and recipes of the real Mrs Crocombe. Head cook at Audley End House from 1878 to 1884, her handwritten cookery book was passed down through her family and uniquely reveals the tastes and dining habits of Victorian Britons. With context on Audley End House, “one of the greatest houses of Jacobean England”, and absorbing detail on the kitchens of Mrs Crocombe’s era (the book is co-authored by Andrew Hann, head of the historians’ team at English Heritage), her recipes have been modernized by food historian Annie Gray, yet retain their authenticity. Some of them are familiar - pancakes, ginger beer, macaroni cheese, trifle and spotted dick - then there are more outlandish dishes too (to modern tastes, at least), such as mock turtle soup, larded sweetbreads and squab pie. This beautifully presented, meticulously researched compendium is a true treat for gourmands looking to expand their culinary repertoire - perfect for inspiring flamboyant Victorian ‘Come Dine with Me’ dinner parties.
Part of a series designed to get even the most complete novice trying out a new craft. Cake decorating can be fabulously ornate - or it can be simple with basic decoration and modelling. If you don’t know where to start, what equipment you need or what to do when things go wrong – start here. Like for Like Reading Sweet and Simple Party Cakes: Over 40 Pretty Cakes for Perfect Celebrations, May Clee-Cadman 50 Easy Party Cakes, Debbie Brown
Make sure your baking rises to every occasion. Whether you want to produce the perfect tart, bake a cake fit for a king or serve up a souffle that won't sink, "Step-by-Step Baking" guides you through 350 baking recipes for every occasion. 80 classic recipes are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions to ensure you're always on the right track and variations help you add a modern twist.Clear instructions, essential information on ingredients and advice on equipment and storage will help you bake with confidence and have your friends and family begging for more. From sweet to savoury, "Step-by-Step Baking" is the one baking bible that you shouldn't be without.
Each weekend, BBC's SATURDAY KITCHEN brings us the world's greatest culinary talents and shows us how to cook delicious food right in our own kitchen. THE SATURDAY KITCHEN COOKING BIBLE is a stunning new collection of recipes, with an introduction from James Martin, that will inspire and delight. All of the recipes have been cooked on the show and now you can make them at home. There are stress-free 30-minute meals such as Bill Granger's stir-fried chilli pork, ideas for satisfying weekend lunches, such as Angela Hartnett's chicken with chorizo, peppers and sage, James Martin's hearty beef and ale pie, and sensational dishes from Michelin-star greats like Jason Atherton and Michel Roux for when you really want to impress. Be inspired to create some wonderful dishes of your own. Now you can with THE SATURDAY KITCHEN COOKING BIBLE.
From humble beginnings 125 years ago, the Coca-Cola company has evolved from one product to more than 500 brands available in 200 countries around the world and more than 1.7 billion drinks sold a day. This book celebrates the story of one of the world's most iconic brands and features more than 30 delicious Coca-Cola inspired recipes, both classic and contemporary, that make the most of the taste of one of the world's best loved beverages. Recipes include Coca-Cola Ham, Glory Muffins and Alcohol-Free Eggnog. It also reveals the compelling history of the drink, with evocative photographs of the people and places that are such a rich part of the heritage of Coca-Cola, the brand. Remembered too are some classic advertisements, with some special moments from early advertising work beautifully relived.
Could anything be more enjoyable than eating home-cooked burgers surrounded by family and friends? Take a fresh look at burgers with over 40 irresistible recipes that are easy to make and extremely delicious. There is a burger for everyone: Choose from a great selection of meat, poultry, fish, and vegetarian recipes. Burgers have never been so good, and now you can partner them with the perfect homemade sides, sauces, and salads - the perfect accompaniments to everyone's favourite meal. With brilliant novel takes including the Chorizo Burger, the Chicken Caesar Burger and the Jerk Chicken Burger as well as all the classics, this really is the ultimate burger book.
Quick to prepare, easy to eat and wonderfully filling, paninis are now a staple on lunch menus worldwide, and with this collection of over 40 mouthwatering recipes, you can bring this gourmet treat to your very own kitchen! Work your way through this selection of sweet and savoury recipes to produce a satisfying meal that's as perfect for enjoying with friends as it is for munching on the go - try the inspired flavour and texture sensation that is Grilled sweet potato and blue cheese, or enjoy a comforting Italian-style Lemon, mozzarella and parmesan. Best of all, give in to temptation and savour an indulgent dessert panini filled with melting ice cream and raspberry or warm chocolate chunks.
Whether you're struggling with leftover Halloween pumpkin or simply looking for a new ingredient to liven up your dishes, the benefits of cooking with pumpkins are countless. This book shows you 40 ways in which the pumpkin can complement pies, tarts and souffles, provide a healthy alternative for oven fries and fritters, or follow in the footsteps of the carrot to give cakes and cookies a healthy boost of vitamins as well as delicious moisture and an enticingly warm flavour. From their abundance of nutrients and antioxidant properties to their low calorie content, pumpkins are an ideal addition to any meal, yet they remain somewhat a somewhat neglected food. This cookbook sets out to change all of that. Traditionally a symbol of Celtic folklore, now the pumpkin can bring a touch of modern magic to your dishes.
This collection of warming recipes will keep you warm the whole season through. On a cold day a steaming bowl of soup is always welcome. Soups and Snacks features hearty recipes such as Slow-cooked Onion and Cider Soup; and Parsnip, Chorizo and Chestnut Soup. When it's freezing outside, what we want is warm, comforting food. In Supper Dishes you'll find plenty of quick-to-prepare dishes including Sausages with Celeriac Rosti and Taleggio and Potato Tortilla. What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than preparing a casserole that can then slow-cook in time for dinner? One-pot Wonders is full of great ideas. Try a Smoky Hotpot of Great Northern Beans; a Classic Lamb Tagine with Almonds, Prunes and Apricots or Boeuf Bourguignon. Roasts are perfect for weekly family get-togethers. Try the Roast Beef with Winter Vegetables and Garlic Creme or Roast Pork with Apple and Fennel Puddings. Sides and Salads complete any meal. Choose from Baked Spinach Mornay or Savoy Cabbage with Bacon and Cream; or try a crisp winter salad, such as Endive, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad. Whether you enjoy a slice of cake or an indulgent dessert, there are plenty of delicious treats in Bakes and Desserts. Try Sticky Marzipan and Cherry Loaf or Mulled Winter Fruit Crumble. Finally, in Drinks there are plenty of ideas. Enjoy a soothing Mocha Maple Coffee or Hot Rum and Cider Punch, guaranteed to get any festive gathering off to a flying start.
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 entertaining and often humorous step-by-step demonstrations, the chefs show you how to make aspirational, restaurant-quality dishes in your own kitchen - with no specialist equipment and no confusing, cheffy terms. The end result is stunning, mouthwatering food. Including seasonal recipes and tips from chefs on their favourite seasonal ingredients, each chapter will be accompanied by menus and inspiring ideas for dinner parties and entertaining friends. From recipes for spring such as Tom Kerridge's Rosemary and Garlic Salt-baked Lamb Shank to Angela Hartnett's Linguine with Red Mullet, Chilli and Garlic and Michel Roux's Poussin Scented with Ginger and Lemongrass, this book is bursting with gorgeous recipes to make all year round.
Cooking to improve your health and wellbeing but stuck for ideas? Good Food: 14-day Healthy Eating Diet is your simple guide to a healthier, happier and more energetic lifestyle. Within two weeks you can detox your body and provide it with all the nutrients and vitamins it needs for a happier you. Divided into breakfast, lunches, dinners and desserts and including daily recipe plans, Good Food: 14-day Healthy Eating Diet will provide you with delicious recipe ideas for a sustained healthy lifestyle. All recipes have been carefully selected and triple-tested by the trusted team at Good Food, and with full nutritional breakdown and colour photograph to accompany each dish, this is your foolproof guide to the ultimate healthy you.
If you like good food, but want to stay healthy or lose weight, try Good Food: Low-fat Feasts. Divided into Starters and Light Meals; Pasta, Rice and Noodles; Meat; Fish and Seafood; Veggie-friendly and Desserts, you're guaranteed to find a delicious, low-fat recipe for every occasion. Whether you choose Chicken with Coriander Tomato Sauce, Nutty Stuffed Peppers or Tequila Sunrise Sorbet, every recipe has been tried and tested by the Good Food team to ensure fantastic results, every time you cook. The recipes are all short and simple with easy-to-follow steps, using readily available ingredients and are accompanied by a full-colour photograph of the finished dish. This edition is revised and updated with delicious new recipes and a fresh, contemporary design.
To whip up your own Literary Lunch, just follow this simple recipe...Take a generous helping of Ian McEwan and leave to marinate overnight; Add some Sebastian Faulks to a pan and saute on a high heat; mix in a dollop of Louis de Bernieres (don't stint) and shavings of Mark Haddon and bring to the boil; add a rounded teaspoon of Anne Tyler, a smidgen of Neel Mukherjee and a pinch of Julian Barnes, according to taste. You may also wish to add a sprinkling of Salman Rushdie to add some heat; reduce the mixture down and add a splash of Irvine Welsh, skimming off excess expletives; remove from the heat and add essence of Haruki Murakami slowly, drop by drop, making sure to mix in thoroughly; meanwhile, using a rich brandy or calvados, flambe thinly sliced extracts of Simon Schama - to avoid a scorching, avert face and be prepared for a flare of potentially large flames; and, finally, bring all the elements together and plate up with a dash of Jeanette Winterson and garnish with a sprig of Helen Fielding. Enjoy with a full-bodied red wine.
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.