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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!
Baking is the most comforting and entirely satisfying of the culinary arts - making a cake is not only a sumptuous process in its own right but the end result is entirely delicious. Pam Corbin gives an insightful introduction on the history of cake making and its significance today, followed by a detailed guide to ingredients, equipment, and basic techniques to guarantee successful cake baking in the home. This is traditional baking at its very best, with over 75 adaptable recipes including Macaroons, Meringues, Fairy Cakes (and their counterpart - Gnome Cakes), the classic Victoria Sandwich, Yorkshire Rhubarb Gingerbread, Walnut Cake, Blueberry Yoghurt Cake, Orange Cake with Earl Grey Icing, and the glorious Battenberg Cake with its distinctive pink and yellow checks. As a finishing touch, there is a section devoted to sweet embellishments like feather icing, crystallised violets and chocolate leaves. Say goodbye to sinking sponges and brittle brownies with this comprehensive guide to the heavenly world of cake making.
Most ingredients are now available all year round, flown in from afar as necessary, but there is no doubt that food eaten in season - and preferably grown as close to home as possible - tastes far, far better. Mark Hix cares passionately about British food and is keen for readers to experience the excitement that cooking seasonally offers. In British Seasonal Food, he draws attention month-by-month to the homegrown ingredients at their seasonal best. He provides information on where to source the foods, how to prepare and cook them, and suggests simple ways to serve them - to enjoy their flavour to the full. For each featured ingredient, he also presents a selection of inventive mouth-watering recipes - Chilled Pea and Lovage Soup, Fried Green Tomatoes in Beer Batter, Roast Goose with Sprout Tops and Quince Sauce, Autumn Fruits with Sloe Gin Jelly. Superbly photographed by Jason Lowe and with original drawings that capture the mood of the seasons, this book is guaranteed to become a British classic.
Britain is home to the tastiest fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and honeys in the world but many of our original species and breeds are under threat by foreign invaders. British food needs us! From West Country apples, rare breed bacon, Baldwin blackcurrants and Scottish heather honey, THE GREAT BRITISH FOOD REVIVAL is the nation's definitive collection of British recipes. Combining traditional ingredients with modern flair, these dishes provide every reason why we should be eating and cooking local produce from the British Isles. With big flavours and simple ingredients, the food is the star. And to celebrate with true cooking magic the Hairy Bikers, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, James Martin and many other top chefs take the reader on a gastronomic journey and rediscover the jewels of our great food heritage.
In this revised and updated edition of her book The New Kitchen Garden, bestselling gardening writer Anna Pavord tells us all we need to know about growing fruit and vegetables.
December 2010 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Food & Drink Book of the Year 2010. As a nation we have been hooked on the cooking bug in recent years, with the rise and rise of the celebrity chef, but sometimes all these glamorous books and shows don’t necessarily give us just the basic, rudimentary steps we want to feeding a family on a budget. Here Rose Prince brings all her years of experience together to give over 200 recipes. Some are passed down through the years, from mother to daughter, tried and tested and thoroughly delicious, without breaking the bank or requiring the skills of a Michelin starred chef. Yum!
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Food & Drink Book of the Year 2010. Somehow with Nigel Slater, I become a half-decent cook; firstly I’m hooked by the lusciousness of his prose and then the recipes, so tempting, so un-fussy, so right, what a Godsend he is. And in this his latest book, Tender Volume 2, it is fruit that is centre stage and a wonderful time of the year to have this to hand with all the superb English fruits now available. It is crammed with delicious ideas and recipes and written with such an intoxicating love of fruits that you will be tempted into growing as well as cooking. I couldn’t resist trying out some of the recipes, his apple and courgette cake is sublime! Tender: Volume I, A Cook and his Vegetable Patch, Nigel SlaterThe Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen, Nigel Slate
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Food & Drink Book of the Year 2010. Beautifully packaged, The Flavour Thesaurus is not only a highly useful and covetable reference book that will immeasurably improve your cooking, it's the sort of book that might keep you up at night reading. There are 980 entries in all and 200 recipes or suggestions are embedded in the text. It covers classic pairings such as pork & apple, lamb & apricot, and cucumber & dill; contemporary favourites like chocolate & chilli, lobster & vanilla, and goat's cheese & beetroot; and interesting but unlikely-sounding couples including black pudding & chocolate, lemon & beef, blueberry & mushroom, and watermelon & oyster.
Winner of the Galaxy Food & Drink Book of the Year 2010. With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting new talents in the world of cookery and food writing. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on strong flavours and stunning, fresh combinations. With sections devoted to cooking greens, aubergines, brassicas, rice and cereals, pasta and couscous, pulses, roots, squashes, onions, fruit, mushrooms and tomatoes, the breadth of colours, tastes and textures is extraordinary.
This is an absolutely cracking book for anyone who has a love of Devon, its landscape, its people and its way of life. It's a substantial tome with some absolutely stunning photographs throughout and Carol's superb writing style envelopes you in the story of Devon's rich interest and success in local food production. Devon has an extraordinarily varied landscape and as a result has been able to produce some of the best meat and fish, the best dairy produce and vegetables too. Sadly Carol Trewin, who was not at well while completing this book has since died but this is a fabulous tribute to her and to her journalism and her passion for Devon above all else.
When war broke out in 1939, the government created the Ministry of Food to help families make the most of wartime rations. Today, in the face of rising food prices, a real obesity problem and ever increasing food miles, The Ministry of Food shows how we can all survive the credit crunch with a bit of wartime wisdom and ingenuity.
Perfect for the wine novice! If, like me, you wonder at the huge range of wines on the shelves of a shop, the strengths and weaknesses of different types, how a wine you like that is produced in Argentina compares to its counterpart from California, then this book is for you. If, like me, you also enjoy wine but would like to widen your range of enjoyment, this book will tell you how. In easy to follow, non-patronising chapters, it covers history, production, tastes and regions – to name just a few of the wide-ranging aspects of wine production. It covers how to store wine, how to serve it, and what to serve it with. Mysteries solved, and in such a way the answers are at your fingertips. Lastly – and especially relevant for novices like me – the Pocket Bible tells you how to buy wine so, if you should find a particular taste you like, you will learn of similar wines that should appeal. Excellent – and a perfect size to slip in the pocket for the next trip to the supermarket.
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.