Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 09 Jan 2018

    Party-Perfect Bites

    Delicious recipes for canapés, finger food and party snacks It’s that time of year again. We entertain in grand fashion. There are crowds of folks to feed and we don’t, speaking for myself, have a clue what to do. A nice plate of ham sandwiches will likely impress and perhaps a plate of cheese sandwiches...

  • 08 Jan 2018

    Kulinarya – A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine

    A cuisine  or, Kulinarya, that is new to us and yet possesses familiar accents There are very few Filipino restaurants in Europe; at least I have not yet had the pleasure of crossing the threshold of any – or indeed of finding a threshold to cross.  We don’t have many cookbooks offering recipes from the...

  • 06 Jan 2018

    Cole & Mason Salt and Pepper Grinders

    Experience a flavour revelation Introducing unique milling technology, durable mechanisms and superior construction from Cole & Mason salt and pepper mills.  It is called Precision System and gives optimum control to adjust salt and pepper grinds from fine to coarse and confidently mill with the lifetime mechanism guarantee.  Expertly engineered, each mill delivers fresh grounds,...

  • 04 Jan 2018

    Leeuwarden – European Capital of Culture 2018

    1 January – 31 December 2018 The European Capital of Culture 2018 takes place in Leeuwarden, the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland. It is a time for new ideas originating in Friesland to spread to the rest of the world. With culture as the driving force, Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 shows that it takes courage...

  • 02 Jan 2018

    Dame Sue Carter

    Indispensable rock of Les Dames d’Escoffier London Dame Sue Carter is the indispensable rock of Les Dames d’Escoffier London Chapter and is the hard-working and dedicated Secretary. She is also the founder, the inspiration for our group, and without her we can truly say we wouldn’t exist at all. In 2009 Sue returned from the...

  • 21 Dec 2017

    Côte d’Or: The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy

    Wine from the Côte d’Or was enjoyed by Emperor Charlemagne The name Côte d’Or might not be well known but it is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was formed from part of the former province of Burgundy. This is not only a beautiful part of France but a...

  • 15 Dec 2017

    Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art

    Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art is a paper representation of the skill and passion of a dedicated dynasty of jewellers This is a sumptuous volume with silky fabric cover and a veritable treasure trove of exquisite jewellery within the pages – and there are a lot of those. It’s a superb gift-quality...

  • 11 Dec 2017

    A Dog of Flanders in Antwerp

    There are numerous reminders of this popular literary work, A Dog of Flanders ‘A Dog of Flanders’ is a novel by English-French author Marie Louise de la Ramée and was published under her pseudonym “Ouida” in 1872. It is about a Flemish boy named Nello and his dog Patrasche, and is set in Antwerp, where...

  • 10 Dec 2017

    New Trends in Japanese Photography

    Offering examples of totally different styles, genres and subject matter Photographers create stories with their cameras. One can have the most expensive equipment but still never rise to being anything more than a holiday snapper. The eye of the photographer is the piece of kit which finds that illusive evocative shot, and New Trends in...

  • 08 Dec 2017

    The British Museum and Google Arts and Culture bring ancient Maya heritage to life

    Objects from the Museum’s world-class collection available online alongside VR tours and experiences Today sees the launch of the British Museum’s collaboration with Google Arts and Culture to digitise and share the ancient Maya collection of Alfred Maudslay, a 19th century explorer who brought the stories of the Maya to the world. This important collection...

  • 27 Nov 2017

    French Pâtisserie – A baking class

    Master Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts Mostly Food & Travel Journal Baking Book of 2017 I review many books during the year. The majority of them have great culinary merit and illustrate the passion of those who penned these volumes. They come in all sizes but sometimes they are just...

  • 25 Nov 2017

    In Nuenen with Vincent van Gogh

    Vincent van Gogh’s Nuenen is documented in charming fashion at the Vincentre Who is this ‘Vincent’ and where is Nuenen? We are exploring the life of THE Vincent. That’s Vincent van Gogh. Yes, he of the Potato Eaters and Starry, Starry Night fame. Nuenen, a beautiful small town in the region of Brabant in The...

  • 18 Nov 2017

    Mexico: A Culinary Quest

    Introduces the reader to the real spirit of Mexican food This is truly a gastronomic coffee-table book. More accurately I should say that it’s a 600-page tome the size of a coffee table. Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it does have generous proportions and considerable heft. Mexico is huge! Mexico: A...

  • 17 Nov 2017

    Loving Vincent …and Tim

    The ‘Loving Vincent’ Exhibition of the Animated Film The Loving Vincent Exhibition is now open at the Noord Brabant’s Museum in Den Bosch. This beautiful town is just one hour from Amsterdam by train, too. The exhibition runs until 28th January 2018 and displays 120 of the paintings from the film. The exhibition shows how...

  • 16 Nov 2017

    Classic Food of Northern Italy

    Anna Del Conte is, or so says The Times, ‘The queen of Italian cuisine’ and she is certainly an iconic writer. The original edition (1996) of ‘Classic Food of Northern Italy’ won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. This is an updated...

  • 24 Oct 2017

    Portugal – A world of flavours

    Tomatoes and potatoes arrived from the New World and have become staples It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover...

  • 19 Oct 2017

    The Palestinian Table

    One is introduced to grandmother’s dishes, and mother’s recipes It’s a sign of a fine cookbook! I have turned the pages and have actually mused on presenting a dinner party, family dinner and afternoon tea using offerings from within these covers. It’s not often that I am inspired to cook anything from review cookbooks, other...

  • 10 Oct 2017

    Hot Pot in London’s Chinatown

    Hot Pot a sumptuous DIY event Hot Pot is a sociable activity that allows family and friends to gather together around the pot to celebrate the tradition of sharing – the tradition of Hot Pot. With over 150 Hot Pot restaurants in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this particular branch in London’s Chinatown has won me...

  • 07 Oct 2017

    Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook

    Everything here is achievable without a professional kitchen I was expecting something special. It was coming from Face Publications and their books are superb! I wasn’t disappointed! Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook by Galton Blackiston impresses before one even opens the cover: the pages are edged in shining silver. The transparent dust jacket...

  • 03 Oct 2017

    Chino Latino

    Diners at the front tables of Chino Latino, have the advantage of a stunning view To the untutored this location might not seem the best, being on the ‘other side of the river’. However, it has great transport links, being set between Waterloo and Vauxhall stations, with fleets of convenient red buses running past the...

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