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!
Rick Stein didn’t follow the usual route to becoming a top Chef, but with a defunct nightclub on his hands he reopened it as a restaurant, his first foothold in Padstow. Good fortune followed when he was spotted in a Keith Floyd TV programme where he had a slot as guest chef – the rest, they say, is history. Many successful series later, many Padstow properties later he is now able to tell his story from a childhood overshadowed by his Father’s bipolar disorder, the education failures and the flight to Australia through to the success he has worked so hard for. Like for Like ReadingToast: The Story of a Boys Hunger, Nigel SlaterSpilling the Beans, Clarissa Dickson Wright Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title.
Cookery teacher and home cook Rachel Allen returns with clever ideas, simple shortcuts and plenty of practical advice for achieving simple, wholesome and nutritious meals day after day. This stunning, fully photographed cookbook includes over 100 tried-and-tested new recipes from bestselling cook Rachel Allen. After years of cooking for her family, teaching at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and listening to the questions of home cooks, Rachel has pulled together an ultimate cookery manual for getting great food on the table throughout the week without stress, expensive bills or hours at the stove. Rachel's Kitchen is all about everyday clever cooking: simple shortcuts, advice on weekly planning and shopping, wasting less, freezing more, preparing ahead and using leftovers, recipes than can serve more and those that can be adjusted to a tasty meal for one or two. Rachel will show you how to cook once but achieve two or three meals. A side dish of baked broccoli with garlic and pine nuts can be transformed into a spelt salad with feta. Extra mashed potato and smoked fish from a fish pie can become instant, warming Cullen Skink the next day. Her approach saves time and money, but also allows cooking to be satisfying and enjoyable rather than a chore. Rachel's thrifty recipes don't require unusual ingredients that will linger at the back of the cupboard but affordable favourite ingredients that get used multiple times and underused cuts of meat or seasonal vegetables that can be made into a truly delicious dish.
September 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Mary Berry’s journey to become the Nation’s favourite baker has been a long one. Starting in near tragedy she turned to cooking after a childhood bout of polio, this early decision leading her to demonstrating, teaching, food journalism, writing and then broadcasting and the Great British Bake Off which established her as a charming and knowledgeable cook who loves to teach by encouragement and example. You can expect the same charm in her writing, together with humour, joy and sadness, a great pleasure to read the life experience of such a modest and talented woman.Like for Like ReadingMary Berry’s Baking Bible, Mary BerryThe Great British Bake Off: How to Bake – The Perfect Victoria Sponge and other Baking Secrets, Linda Collister This title has been heavily embargoed by the publisher until 12 September 2013. An extract will be unavailable to view at Lovereading until that date.
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.
Say goodbye to fussy food with this collection of simple, tasty and hearty dishes, bound to boost your repertoire. Simply prepare your ingredients, put them in a dish and relax while the meal cooks itself. The variety of tempting dishes in this book prooves that simple food doesn't need to be bland: choose from Chesnut, rice and pancetta soup, Lemon chilli chicken, Rabbit in white wine and rosemary, Sri Lankan style lamb curry and Fig, goat's cheese and tapanade tart. Feeding family and friends has never been so easy!
GQ Eats includes contributions from top-flight chefs, cooks and food writers, including Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing through to Mark Hix, Fergus Henderson, Heston Blumenthal and Yotam Ottolenghi. The recipes provide inspiration for any occasion, from Brilliant Breakfasts to food for a Boys' Night In (Daniel Boulud's Coq au Vin), Michelin-star Meals such as Giorgio Locatelli's Tomato and Chilli Pasta with Prawns and Gordon Ramsay's Honey and Cider Roast Leg of Lamb, and Rock 'n' Roll Roasts - from Pitt Cue's pulled pork to Mark Hix's Roast Chicken. Remember to save room for alfresco feasts, delectable desserts and killer cocktails. Accompanied by images from brilliant photographers Romas Ford and Tom Schierlitz, GQ has created a cutting-edge compendium of recipes to cook again and again.
From the Bock beers of Germany to the Trappist beers of Belgium, the complex bitters and stouts of Britain to the cutting-edge brews of North America, this expert selection covers the extraordinary variety the world's beers now have to offer. Tasting notes, organised by country, provide succinct commentary on the chosen beers and cover the brewery and each beer's key characteristics. With thousands of beers covered, this book encompasses more familiar established beers as well as exciting new discoveries from the myriad craft breweries that are emerging around the world. Punctuating the tasting notes is information on 'beer destinations', specific places where you can best experience a beer in situ. An extensive introductory chapter to the book also covers styles of beer and emerging trends. This landmark guide provides beer lovers with easy access to an expert overview and puts a world of superb beers at their disposal.
In the current mood of austerity sometimes a cook wants to break out the sugar jar, grab a bar of the best chocolate and get cooking. Well, there isn’t a better book to follow than A La Mere de Famille. One of Paris’s top confectioners share their recipes for some of their traditional cakes, sweets and icecreams. It’s a wonderful range from hazelnut spread to pistachio boiled sweets, marshmallows to chocolate slabs and lots of lovely cake and biscuits. Some of these recipes will need some hard work and time and some searching out of exotic ingredients but then that’s all part of the fun in learning something new. It’s beautifully produced too combining history and recipes with gorgeous photographs showing us their finesse, charm and chic, beautiful treats for young and old. Like for Like ReadingKitchen Secrets, Raymond BlancPatisserie at Home: Step-by-Step Recipes to Help You Master the Art of French Pastry, Will Torrent
Tom Kerridge's idea of food heaven isn't fussy gastronomy; it's proper 'man food' with Michelin star magic, including breakfasts that keep you smiling for the whole day, indulgent long lunches, teatime temptations, seasonal snacks and heart-warming suppers. In this cookbook Tom proves that everyone can make proper pub food, and the only place he wants to see a foam is on the head of a pint of beer! Over 100 recipes reveal his secrets for making real food truly amazing, including perfected dishes from his childhood and special treats he serves at his own one-of-a-kind pub. These recipes are simply the best version you'll ever have of the dishes everyone loves the most. This fantastic feel-good cookbook is the official accompaniment to Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food TV show, featuring all the recipes from the six episodes and many, many more. With excellent photography from Cristian Barnett.
Cupcakes, cake pops and macarons have had their day, now is the age of the meringue! With rainbow colours and Willy Wonka flavours, the Meringue Girls put a new twist on a classic. Their simple, gluten free, melt-in-the-mouth meringue recipes are perfect for gifts, kids and indulgent dinner parties. Chapters include: gorgeous colourful meringue recipes; summery desserts like pavlova; wintery puddings like meringue crumble; gift, wedding and kids ideas; using your yolks; and tips and techinques. This is the first cookbook to use Augmented Reality to unlock interactive video content. Simply follow the intructions in the book to access informative and fun demo videos by the girls on your smartphone.
James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle tank tops, spectacles and eccentric cake designs, this softly spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy. James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of proper bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques. Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.
From the Channel 4 series, a range of recipes to see you through breakfast, lunch and dinner, expert dishes that will mean the very best home cooking without fuss and a kitchen sink overflowing with dirty pans. Gordon Ramsay says these are the only recipes you need to come up with stunning food time and time again. Like for Like ReadingHome Cooking, Rachel AllenMary Berry at Home, Mary Berry & Lucy Young
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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.
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