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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!
Simon is a man who has dedicated his life to searching out the very best recipes. In Simon Hopkinson Cooks, he has created 12 menus offering dishes that not only taste good, but also complement each other perfectly. For Simon, cooking is about care, precision and love, and combining his professional skills with his understanding of home cooking, once again, he has created delicious recipes you will enjoy making - and eating. From the author of the number 1 best-selling book, The Good Cook, here are some more seriously good recipes.
There’s something very appealing about Gino D’Acampo’s approach to food, it is after all his passion and this shows through in this tour of Italy taking in both classic and new dishes - not forgetting the food that Mama used to make. Really, it’s one of those cooking books one would be happy to start in on page one and continue till the last coffee and biscotti at the end. Its good food, unfussy, no endless hours in the kitchen – well, perhaps one hour - but then - the results will be worth every minute. Like for Like Reading The Silver SpoonItalian Food, Elizabeth David
Award-winning Higgidy Pies are a firm British favourite. Now, founder Camilla Stephens brings you 100 easy recipes for pies, quiches, tarts, puds and more, so that you can cook your own Higgidy food at home. From simple suppers and quirky quiches to party pies and delectable desserts, this is heartwarming food for family and friends. You'll find Higgidy bestsellers, such as their Chicken Pot Pie and Classic Quiche Lorraine, alongside delicious new creations including Giant Gruyere & Ham Parcel, Mini Beef Wellingtons, Lemony Asparagus & Ricotta Tart and the hearty Roast Chicken Dinner in a Pie. There are also gorgeous puds, such as Apple & Blackberry Pie, Pretty Little White Chocolate Tarts and an irresistible Salted Pecan Fudge Pie. This is comforting, delicious food that everyone will love!
Royal cake maker, Fiona Cairns, knows how important the seasons are when creating delicious cakes. Not only are ingredients at their very best and cheapest, but it also makes sense to be in tune with the changing colours, moods and celebrations of the seasons. In the spring, why not try baking early rhubarb and vanilla custard cupcakes? On a hot summer's day enjoy a mango pavlova, and on a cold winter's afternoon curl up by the fireside and share a slice of chocolate and cardamom tart. From edible gifts to party and celebration cakes, plus decorating ideas and drink suggestions, SEASONAL BAKING is full of inspiration whatever the time of year or occasion. Fiona Cairns supplies cakes for Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Sainsbury's and Bon Marche Paris and was the official cake designer for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Many of the cakes in this book are accompanied by decorating ideas, as well as seasonal drink suggestions. Whether you find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to bake for the simple pleasure of it, to share or give to a friend or maybe bake for a party large or small - whatever the time of year or occasion, you will find plenty of ideas.
Using good-quality ingredients, smart store-cupboard shortcuts and time-saving ideas, James Martin shows how to put delicious, everyday food on the table in next to no time. Each recipe is straightforward to shop for with easy-to-find ingredients, and can be prepared from start to finish in 20 minutes, including any accompaniments. Additionally, there are clever tips about how to adapt and vary the dishes to suit your time constraints. Divided into chapters on starters, main courses and desserts, there are plenty of quick after-work suppers, such as smoked haddock fishcakes with quick hollandaise, or hot noodle soup with chilli and mushrooms, as well as simple-but-stunning dishes for entertaining when you're short of time, such as sushi salmon with hot sizzling sesame oil, or roast duck with cumin-spiced lentils. Delicious yet speedy puddings include a 5-minute banoffee cheesecake, whoopee cakes and strawberries with vodka sabayon.
Katie and Giancarlo embarked on a two year-long journey to discover the different methods of conserving food, from smoking fish in Scotland to drying chillies in Sri Lanka, and this book collects their favourite recipes and invaluable advice on equipment, timings and ingredients. Covering Italian cured charcuterie inspired by Giancarlo's family recipes, jams and chutneys evoking Katie's memories of cooking with her mother to pickling, fermenting, freezing and pressure canning they combine traditional tried-and-tested methods with a thoroughly modern perspective.
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.
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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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