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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!
How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual. Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live? From the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig that Wants to be Eaten comes a thought-provoking exploration of our values and vices. What can fasting teach us about autonomy? Should we, like Kant, 'dare to know' cheese? Should we take media advice on salt with a pinch of salt? And can food be more virtuous, more inherently good, than art?
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September 2015 Food & Drink Book of the Month. Don't think of endless salads and crunching on raw cabbage, with The Uncook Book you can have everyday food such as crepes, ravioli, quiche and even cupcakes – all uncooked. You will need some kit to get the best from the book, especially a dehydrator but according to the author and many like her, it's worth it, a raw food diet can improve your health and even conquer many forms of dietary illness. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book, Jane Grigson A Book of Mediterranean Food, Elizabeth David
Whether you are short on time, experience or cash there will be something here you’ll want to cook. Good advice on the absolute basics to get you started and then you’re off. There’s a nifty guide to measuring with a mug or beer glass(!) a good range of recipes for the penniless alongside some good splurge menus to impress guests and/or parents. With the Ultimate Student Cookbook you won’t end up having to track down exotic ingredients and you won’t be left with a cupboard full of expensive once used ingredients either. Like for Like Reading Cooking in a Bedsitter, Katherine Whitehorn Nosh for Students, Joy May
In The Ultimate Sandwich by Jonas Cramby you not only get recipe ideas for what to put in your sandwiches but guidance on how to make the bread and rolls too. These sandwiches know no boundaries, they're an eclectic mix of favourites from around the world, tempting us with ideas that elevate the humble sandwich into the star of the show. And for dessert? more sandwiches – with some nifty ideas for sweet treats that even crossover into cocktail territory - its all about as far away from two slices of Mother's Pride and a slab of processed cheese as you can get. Like for Like Reading Things on Toast: Meals from the Grill – the Best Thing since Slice Bread, Tonia George Sandwich: A Global History, Bee Wilson
Total Greek Yoghurt is low in fat and high in flavour, and now you can explore new ways to incorporate it into your cooking. With over 100 recipes developed by top TV chef Sophie Michell, the Total Greek Yoghurt Cookbook shows how you can use it in everything from smoothies and sauces to curries and marinades. In addition to chapters on Small Plates, Sharing Plates and Sweet Plates, this easy-to-use recipe book takes inspiration from Total's popular 1, 2, 3 campaign, showing you how to create truly delicious snacks by adding just a few ingredients to your yoghurt. From Crispy Yoghurt Marinated Chicken with Red Cabbage Coleslaw to Honey, Cinnamon and Yoghurt Cheesecake, the beautifully photographed and delicious-tasting recipes will reveal all the taste and health benefits of Total Greek Yoghurt.
Shelina's life has been transformed since winning Masterchef, including television appearances, demos, food festival appearances and catering for private functions all over the world. Throughout all of these life-changing experiences, one signficant challenge for Shelina has been her weight. After focusing so much on work and not paying enough attention to what she was eating, Shelina realised she'd stopped feeling and looking like herself anymore. She decided her eating habits had to change but she didn't want to stop enjoying the huge variety of foods she loved. This book is the collection of recipes Shelina devised to help her lose weight and boost her overall health, avoiding 'diet food' and never compromising on flavour. Enjoy 120 fresh, vibrant and fragrant recipes that are good for you, will make you feel great and help you lose weight all the while celebrating the joy of eating and the fun of sharing and cooking for others.
Bestselling author, home cook, heart-attack survivor and busy mum of three Sally Bee turns her attention to family cooking. Sally Bee's fourth book. At the time of writing this book, Sally is hurtling towards an anniversary that she has mixed feelings about. At the age of 36 Sally had three heart attacks in a week. This summer it will be nine years since Sally died. And nine years since she came back to life. Sally is a living miracle and it is her diet that keeps her fighting and strong. She knows better than anyone how to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life. In her bestselling debut The Secret Ingredient she shared clean and healthy versions of the classic dishes we all love. Now she shows you how to create affordable and simple healthy recipes all the family will adore. Sally believes the best way to keep your family healthy is to serve everyone the same food - food that tastes good, looks good and does you good. Whether it's a super quick midweek Bolognese packed full of goodness or tasty Thai prawn skewers, an easy guilt-free chicken pie, delicious oatmeal cookies or a healthy take on your favourite takeaway classics. Sally knows better than anyone, when you're feeding the family day in, day out, you want simplicity, speed and lots of great taste and health benefits. In this beautiful new family cookbook, she offers over 100 new recipes that deliver a healthy lifestyle and a happy home life. Alongside the recipes, there are tips on how to get your children involved, and lots of straightforward advice of how to change your eating habits. Sally's plans are realistic and easy-to-follow, offering everything you need for a balanced approach to your family's health.
A novel to tease your senses and surprise your soul, this is a beautifully bittersweet read. Peggy’s son asks her to write her story, so she writes a recipe and with each recipe comes a slice of history, a memory, a connection. Each chapter and recipe is headed by the name of the person telling their story, their connection to Peggy and the year. Each person narrates their own memory, their tales fusing together with both heart and soul to unmask the essence of Peggy. Manon Steffan Ros writes with an exquisitely sharp blade, every distinct part adding up to become a perfectly flawed whole. Covering a period of just over seventy years, the separate tales evoke a flood of contrasting emotions. The Seasoning is a charming, heartbreaking and captivating novel which deserves high praise indeed. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... The Seasoning looks beneath the surface of a happy family and finds swirling emotional undercurrents that dragged me in and left me breathless. As a young girl, Peggy survives by her wits, nourished by the compassion of outsiders. As an adult she gives love and succour as freely as her mouthwatering recipes are shared with readers of the book. But hidden behind the kindnesses is a secret as dark and sticky as the treacle she stirs into her ginger cake. Evocative and emotionally intelligent, The Seasoning is unputdownable in Welsh or English! I loved it enough to persuade the author to rewrite it in a second language. ~ Caroline Oakley, Editor, Honno Press
Whether you're training for a marathon, a half-marathon, an ultra-distance event or just looking to improve your parkrun time, what you eat makes all the difference. This is the ultimate nutrition guide and cookbook for runners, packed with easy, delicious recipes and practical eating advice on how to prepare for 5k, 10k, half-marathons, marathons and ultra-races.
What I particularly like about Clare Shaw’s book are firstly the detailed pages on nutrition and the consideration of diet and what to eat at different stages of cancer, the eating problems that can occur and how to enjoy food as much as possible while eating a healthy and nourishing diet. Secondly there is the emphasis on sharing food, the patient not having to eat a separate diet, there are recipes here that all can enjoy so the pleasures of the table and eating with family and friends can continue through treatment. Lots of ideas too, on preparing food ahead for days when the effort is too much, all in all it’s a wise book for any cancer sufferer – and just as important, 50% of the royalties from the sale of the book go to supporting the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Like for Like Reading Eating for Better Health, Jane Plant and Gillian Tidey Nourish: The Cancer Care cookbook, Penny Brohn and Christine Bailey
From chicken traybakes to supergrains to puddings, these one-dish recipes cover the gamut of delicious dinners. And once you have mastered the concept there are handy infographics for each chapter so you can create your own recipes. From chipotle chicken with sweet potato wedges, coriander and lime yoghurt to salmon a la pesto with giant couscous, watercress and lemon, these recipes are quick, clever and incredibly delicious.
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.