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Cookery, Food and Drink

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!

This Month's Featured Cookery, Food and Drink Books

Other Cookery, Food and Drink Books

The Harcombe Diet 3-step Plan Lose 7lbs in 5 Days and End Food Cravings Forever

The Harcombe Diet 3-step Plan Lose 7lbs in 5 Days and End Food Cravings Forever

Author: Zoe Harcombe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

 New and easy-to-follow, The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan takes you through the 3 stages of the unique Harcombe programme. The first stage will help you lose up to 7lbs in 5 days and by completing all three stages you'll permanently change the way you eat. In The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan, Zoe Harcombe explains how dieting makes us fatter and induces three common conditions which cause uncontrollable food cravings. By following the 3-Step Plan you can overcome these conditions and lose weight - not by counting calories or starving yourself, but simply by eating real food. You'll start this diet to lose weight. You'll stay on it because you'll feel healthier than you can every remember - and you'll lose weight.

Home Made

Home Made

Author: Yvette van Boven Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Winner of the Dutch Cookbook of the Year award in 2010, Home Made is a unique and captivating cookbook, with over 200 recipes and ideas for sumptuous homemade food. Author Yvette van Boven uses clear step-by-step instructions to show the reader how to make ingredients, as well as recipes, at home. Home Made begins with breakfast and works its way through the day. Learn how to make cheese from pantry staples, create an oven smoker from scratch in just two minutes and make ice cream without an ice cream machine. In the true spirit of this book, Yvette drew her own quirky illustrations, designed the book and styled the food for the photographs, which were taken by her husband, Oof Verschuren. Original, fun and inspiring, Home Made will appeal to readers wanting simple, authentic and healthy ways of eating. The friendly tone, quirky cartoons and can-do approach make this cookbook very accessible for the average home cook. Step-by-step spreads on making jam, stock, bread, chocolates, and more feature up to 15 images per recipe. Winner of the Dutch Cookbook of the Year award in 2010, this unique cookbook will now be available to an English-speaking market. Yvette has a loyal online following.

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Author: Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Ottolenghi changed the way we cook in this country just as surely and enduringly as Elizabeth David's A Book of Mediterranean Food had in 1950. It brought into our kitchens bold flavours, a vivid simplicity, a spirited, but never tricksy inventiveness and, above all, light. (Nigella Lawson). Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi's and Sami Tamimi's original cookbook Ottolenghi: The Cookbook showcases fresh, honest, bold cooking and has become a culinary classic. Yotam and Sami's inventive yet simple dishes rest on numerous culinary traditions, ranging from North Africa to Lebanon, Italy and California. The 140 original recipes cover everything from accomplished meat and fish main courses, through to healthy and quick salads and suppers, plus Ottolenghi's famously delectable cakes and breads. A new foreword and introduction sheds fresh light on a book that has become a national favourite.

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Sweet

Sweet

Author: Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

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.

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Plenty More

Plenty More

Author: Yotam Ottolenghi Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Winner of the Food & Drink Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with colour and flair. It's a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning. With recipes including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Candy beetroot with lentils, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.

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The Naturalista Nourishing Recipes to Live Well

The Naturalista Nourishing Recipes to Live Well

Author: Xochi Balfour Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Xochi Balfour changed her life from her little London kitchen and, as The Naturalista, has been blogging about her experience of balancing and simplifing her life in harmony with the natural world. Without recourse to expensive ingredients, all-consuming cleanses or dramatic diets, Xochi has taken the principles of naturopathy and created a way of life, from a gentler way of eating to simple beauty recipes as well as bringing relaxation and mindfulness into your everyday routine. Her food is gluten- and dairy-free and predominantly plant based, but straightforward and delicious, her skincare recipes can also be made from kitchen ingredients and her techniques for everyday mindfulness can be fitted into the busiest of lives. Her recipes include power balls and energy bars, raw chocolate, sea salt and pistachio fudge, cornershop turmeric and coconut dahl and beetroot falafel as well as a gluten-free carrot and flax bread. For your body, there is a rosewater facial spray, passionfruit and papaya face mask and lavender and shea butter body lotion, while for your home, Xochi will show you the benefits of barefoot earthing and how to make your own incense.

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Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook 200 Quick and Simple Recipes

Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook 200 Quick and Simple Recipes

Author: William Davis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

In his New York Times best-seller Wheat Belly, renowned cardiologist William Davis explained how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges and reverse myriad health problems. Now with his 30-minute (or less!) Cookbook you can put his advice into practice and see the difference it can make for yourself. For decades, we have been consuming nutritionally bankrupt grains that have left us with diabetes, obesity, heart disease and countless other common ailments like brain fog and dermatitis. Removing wheat from your diet stops these regrettably widespread diseases - and can even help you to lose weight without having to calorie count or exercise. But because wheat is such a ubiquitous ingredient in today's recipes, preparing healthy, wheat-free meals may seem like a daunting task, especially when you don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. The Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or less!) Cookbook provides the solution: 200 new quick and easy recipes which will help you lose your wheat belly and keep it off - deliciously! From triple-berry muffins to Clam Chowder and Jambalaya, you'll find fuss-free ideas for every meal of the day. Every recipe is designed to take 30 minutes or less, because you shouldn't need to sacrifice time in order to lose the wheat.

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Meals in a Mug 100 Delicious Recipes Ready to Eat in Minutes

Meals in a Mug 100 Delicious Recipes Ready to Eat in Minutes

Author: Wendy Hobson Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

With straightforward recipes that offer great little meals for one, you can't go wrong with this imaginative collection. From Hot Cranberry and Almond Muesli to set you up for the day, to French Onion Soup for a stylish lunch, Pasta in a Creamy Herb Sauce for supper followed by Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Pudding for sheer indulgence, you'll be spoilt for choice. The book contains well over 100 simple recipes for: Breakfasts; Soups; Pasta, noodles, rice and grains; Salads and vegetables; Meat and fish dishes; Egg and cheese dishes; and Desserts and cakes. There's no weighing, no complicated methods and no expensive or obscure ingredients, just easy, tasty, everyday dishes.

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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.